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Dr Zubin R. Mulla

Professor , Mumbai campus

Centre for Human Resources Management and Labour Relations , School of Research Methodology, School of Management and Labour Studies

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

Zubin R. Mulla is a Professor at the School of Management and Labour Studies at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences. He has a degree in mechanical engineering from Pune university, a post-graduate diploma in business management, and a doctorate in management from XLRI Jamshedpur. He has seven years experience in engineering and management consulting prior to moving to academics in 2005. His areas of research interest include careers, leadership, executive compensation, and evidence-based HRM.

  1. Careers
  2. Transformational Leadership and Values
  3. Indian Philosophy (Karma-Yoga, Gunas)
  4. Executive Compensation
  5. Evidence-Based Human Resource Management
  • 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

Will be updated soon...

  1. Compensation Management
  2. Advanced Compensation & Benefits
  3. Power & Leadership in Organizations
  4. Moral Leadership
  5. Academic Communication
  6. Quantitative Research Methods


Email: zubin[at]tiss[dot]edu

Phone: +91 22 2552 5807