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Dr Zubin R. Mulla

Professor , Mumbai campus

Chairperson - Centre for Social and Organisational Leadership, School of Management and Labour Studies

B.E. (Mech.) (Pune),
PGDBM (XLRI, Jamshedpur),
Fellow in Management (XLRI, Jamshedpur)

Dr. Zubin R. Mulla is a Professor at the School of Management and Labour Studies at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS). He has a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Savitribai Phule Pune University, a Post-Graduate Diploma in Business Management from XLRI Jamshedpur, and a Doctorate in Management from XLRI Jamshedpur.

Prior to joining academics in 2005, he had worked in engineering design and management consulting for seven years. As a management consultant, he had led large scale transformation projects in the areas of manufacturing excellence, business process re-engineering, and service quality.

His areas of research interest include transformational leadership, values, impact of Indian cultural beliefs on organizational behaviour, meaning of work, careers, and evidence-based management. He has published several articles in Indian and international journals. His pioneering contribution has been in conceptualizing and validating the construct of Karma-Yoga in management literature.

At TISS, he has taught courses in Quantitative Research Methods, Compensation, Power and Leadership in Organizations, and Moral Leadership.

For executives, he has designed and delivered the following programs:

  1. Power and Influence at the Workplace: The science of getting things done.
  2. Women and Power, "walking the tightrope": The science of getting things done (and not being hated for it!)
  3. Behavioral Economics and HRM
  4. Transforming Leadership: Inspiring Performance-Beyond-Expectations.
  5. Evidence-Based Human Resource Management: Unleashing Theory, Data, & Experiments for Excellence in People Practices.
  6. Reward Management: Dividing value amongst value creators to enhance value creation.

  1. Transformational Leadership and Values
  2. Indian Philosophy (Karma-Yoga, Gunas)
  3. Meaning of work
  4. Careers
  5. Evidence-Based Management
  • Krishnan, V. R., & Mulla, Z. R. (in press). Karma-Yoga: Philosophy of moral development and work motivation. In Handbook of Indian Management.
  • Mulla, Z. R. (in press). Fashioning heroes out of clay: Gandhi as an exemplar of Moral Leadership. In Gandhi Then and Now: Autobiographies, Dialogues, Lived Experiences, Influences & Engagements.
  • Mulla, Z. R., Sriram, A., Awasthi, S., Peshave, S., & Joseph, J. (in press). Leadership in disaster resilience: An analysis of five cases in western and northern India. Indian Journal of Social Work.
  • Gakhar, M., & Mulla, Z. R. (2021). Whistleblowing and the “person-situation” conundrum: What matters more? Journal of Human Values.
  • Shahi, R., & Mulla, Z. R. (2021). Evidence-Based CEO Selection is the Key to Business Sustainability. Personnel Today, 1(4), 136-142.
  • Mulla, Z. R. (2021). Guest Editorial for the Special Issue on Implications of Behavioural Economics for HR Practice. NHRD Network Journal, 14(2): 170-172.
  • Mukherjee, S., & Mulla, Z. R. (2021). Empowering and Directive Leadership: The cost of changing styles. Business Perspectives and Research, DOI:10.1177/22785337211008321
  • Dabak, S., & Mulla, Z. R. (2021). Does job crafting help deal with paradoxes of people management? IIMB Management Review, 33(4).
  • Carvalho, F. K., & Mulla, Z. R. (2021). Power of love (AGAPE) in leadership: A theoretical model and research agenda. South Asian Journal of Management, 27(4): 96-120.
  • Mulla, Z. R., & Gurunathan, L. (2020). Colgate-Palmolive: Determining a Salary Offer [Case and Teaching Note]. Ivey Publishing.
  • Bhowmick, S. & Mulla, Z. R. (2020). Who gets burnout and when? The role of personality, job control, & organizational identification in predicting burnout among police officers. Journal of Police & Criminal Psychology. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11896-020-09407-w
  • Kamble, R.A., & Mulla, Z. R. (2019), Professional identity neutralizes charismatic leadership tactics in a crisis, Journal of Indian Business Research, Vol. 12 No. 3, pp. 411-425. https://doi.org/10.1108/JIBR-05-2019-0152
  • Mulla, Z. R., & Krishnan, V. R. (2019). Impact of personality (Gunas) and belief systems on helping. South Asian Journal of Management, 26(4): 95-108.
  • Mulla, Z. R., Krishnan, V. R., & Kumar, N. P. (2018). Self-Concept of a Karma-Yogi, LBS Journal of Management and Research, 16 (1&2), 4–10.
  • Singh, A., & Mulla, Z. R. (2017). Mr. Right and Ms. Wrong: Impact of Manager’s Gender and Organization Performance on Leadership Attribution, The Great Lakes Herald, 11 (2), 63–74.
  • Kamble, R. A., Kumar, R., & Mulla, Z. R. (2017). Substitutes of leadership matter. Indore Management Journal, 9(2): 41-51.
  • Mulla, Z. R., Govindaraj, K., Polisetti, S. R., George, E., More, N. R. S. (2017). Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction for Executives: Results from a Field Experiment, Business Perspectives and Research, 5 (2), 113–123.
  • Mulla, Z. R., Patil, S., Dubey, M., & Kaur, J. (2017). Bharat Petroleum: Long-Term Wage Settlement, Ivey Publishing Case Study (9B17C035), https://www.iveycases.com/ProductView.
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  • Bhowmick, S., & Mulla, Z. R. (2016). Emotional labour of policing: Does authenticity play a role? -International Journal of Police Science & Management, 18(1): 47-60. DOI: 10.1177/1461355716638113
  • Parmar, P., & Mulla, Z. R. (2015). Impact of empowering leadership and trust on attitude towards technology adoption. NMIMS Management Review, Volume XXVII April-May, 24-44.
  • Prasanna Kumar, N., & Mulla, Z. R. (2015). Ends vs. Means - Exploring the leader in Arvind Kejriwal. Journal of Case Research, 6(2): 99-136.
  • Pereira, C., & Mulla, Z. R. (2015). Sara Liza D'Mello: Leading change in society. Journal of Case Research, 6(1): 1-21.
  • Mulla, Z. R., Soni, V., & Mishra, T. (2015). Tata Motors: Compensation Restructuring [Case]. Ivey Publishing. Product No. 9B15C017.
  • Mulla, Z. R., & De Vylder, G. (2014). Wages in the Indian bureaucracy: Can Kautilya's Arthashastra provide an answer? Great Lakes Herald, 8(2): 16-39.
  • Mulla, Z. R., & Vedamuthachar, A. (2014). Impact of Sudarshan Kriya-based Occupational Stress Management Intervention on Physiological and Psychological Outcomes. Management & Labour Studies, 39(4): 381-395. DOI: 10.1177/0258042X15578024
  • Mulla, Z. R., & Krishnan, V. R. (2014). Karma-Yoga: The Indian model of moral development. Journal of Business Ethics, 123: 339-351. DOI 10.1007/s10551-013-1842-8
  • Mulla, Z. R. (2013, September 30). Swadharma and the Parable of the Sadhu. Bhavan's Journal, 60(4): 23-27.
  • Mulla, Z. R. (2013). Pay and performance. In B. Srivastava & M. Mohapatra (Eds.), Performance management system: Readings and cases (pp. 117-130). New Delhi: Excel Books.
  • Shah, T., & Mulla, Z. R. (2013). Leader motives, impression management, and charisma: A comparison of Steve Jobs and Bill Gates. Management & Labour Studies, 38(3): 155-184. DOI 10.1007/s10551-013-1842-8
  • Mulla, Z. R., Kelkar, K., Agarwal, M., Singh, S., & Sen, N. E. J. (2013). Engineers' voluntary turnover: Application of survival analysis. Indian Journal of Industrial Relations, 49(2): 328-341.
  • Mulla, Z. R., & Saini, G. K. (2013). Innovation in public service delivery: Zero-Pendency and Daily Disposal (ZPDD) initiative in Pune collectorate. Indian Journal of Public Administration, Vol. LIX (4): 843-866.
  • Mohan, G., & Mulla, Z. R. (2013).Openness to experience and work outcomes: Exploring the moderating effects of conscientiousness and job complexity. Great Lakes Herald, 7(2): 18-36.
  • Mulla, Z. R. (2012). Karma-Yoga, the Indian Philosophy of Work and Schumacher's Theory of Good Work. In Hendrik Opdebeeck (ed.): Schumacher Reconsidered: Advances in Responsible Economics, Peter Lang.
  • Mulla, Z. R., & Krishnan, V. R. (2012). Transformational leadership and Karma-Yoga: Enhancing followers' duty-orientation and indifference to rewards. Psychology & Developing Societies, 24(1): 85-117. DOI: 10.1177/097133361102400104
  • Mulla, Z. R., & Krishnan, V. R. (2011). Is Karma-Yoga possible? Can we be hardworking without being ambitious? Great Lakes Herald, 5(2): 46-55.
  • Dhawan, V., & Mulla, Z. R. (2011). The role of pay and leadership in developing organizational commitment. South Asian Journal of Management, 18(2): 60-75.
  • Mulla, Z. R., & Krishnan, V. R. (2011). Transformational leadership: Do the leader's morals matter and do the follower's morals change. Journal of Human Values, 17(2): 129-143. DOI: 10.1177/097168581101700203
  • Mathew, R., & Mulla, Z. R. (2011). The Big Three determinants of performance: General Mental Ability, Personality, and Emotional Intelligence. Great Lakes Herald, 5(1): 1-12.
  • D'Souza, P., & Mulla, Z. R. (2011). Can an entrepreneurial personality compensate for a boring job? The influence of proactive personality and job characteristics on employee engagement levels. The Journal of Entrepreneurship, 20(2): 207-226. DOI: 10.1177/097135571102000203
  • Sinha, J. B. P., Singh, S., Gupta, P., Srivastava, K. B. L., Sinha, R. B. N., Srivastava, S., Ghosh, A., Siddiqui, R. N., Tripathi, N., Gupta, M., Srivastava, S., Mulla, Z. R., Vijayalakshmi, C., Pandey, A. (2010). An exploration of the Indian mindset. Psychological Studies, 55(1): 3-17.
  • Jadhav, S., & Mulla, Z. R. (2010). Do emotionally intelligent people do well in all jobs? Exploring the moderating role of inter-personal interaction. VISION- The Journal of Business Perspective, 14(4): 247-254.
  • Mulla, Z. R., & Krishnan, V. R. (2009). Do Karma-Yogis make better leaders? Exploring the relationship between the leader's Karma-Yoga and transformational leadership. Journal of Human Values, 15(2): 167-183. DOI: 10.1177/097168581001500207
  • Mulla, Z. R., & Premarajan, R. K. (2008). Strategic Human Resource Management in Indian IT companies: Development and validation of a scale. VISION- The Journal of Business Perspective, 12(2): 35-46.
  • Mulla, Z. R., & Krishnan, V. R. (2008). Karma-Yoga, the Indian work ideal, and its relationship with empathy. Psychology & Developing Societies, 20(1): 27-49. DOI: 10.1177/097133360702000102
  • Mulla, Z. R. (2008). Wages and industry characteristics: The impact of value added per employee, establishment size, and industry growth. Management & Labour Studies, 33(2):275-289doi: 10.1177/0258042X0803300208
  • Mulla, Z. R., Premarajan, R. K., Shukla, M. (2008). Emotional intelligence & Helping behaviours: The Role of Self-other agreement. Great Lakes Herald,2(1):1-19.
  • Mulla, Z. R., & Krishnan, V. R. (2007). Karma-Yoga: Construct validation using value systems and emotional intelligence. South Asian Journal of Management, 14(4): 116-136.
  • Mulla, Z. R. (2007). Business School Research in India: Seeking the Why of Management, Management & Labour Studies, 32(2): 257-264. doi: 10.1177/0258042X0703200207
  • Mulla, Z. R. (2006). Money-Is it really a motivator?, Management & Labour Studies, 31(4): 361-369. doi: 10.1177/0258042X0603100404
  • Mulla, Z. R., & Krishnan, V. R. (2006). Karma Yoga: A conceptualization and validation of the Indian philosophy of work. Journal of Indian Psychology, 24,(1&2): 26-43.
  •  Mulla, Z. R. (2003). Corporates in India cannot afford to be ethical? Management & Labour Studies, 28(1): 49-53. doi: 10.1177/0258042X0302800105

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  1. Compensation Management
  2. Advanced Compensation & Benefits
  3. Power & Leadership in Organizations
  4. Moral Leadership
  5. Leadership: Theory & Practice
  6. Leadership
  7. Quantitative Research Methods


Email: zubin[at]tiss[dot]edu

Phone: +91 22 2552 5807