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, the impact of Indian cultural beliefs on organizational behaviour, the 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.
For executives, he has designed and delivered programs ranging from Power & Influence at the Workplace: The science of getting things done to Behavioral Economics and HRM. He has designed leadership programs, Reward management programs, and Evidence-Based HRM. You can find more about his work here.
InsideIIM Professor of The Year 2021 - What TISS Students Have To Say About Prof. Mulla
“Prof. Zubin always brought more to the class, unlike many other subjects where you can maybe read from the book or pre-reads and would know what to expect, Prof. Zubin's class always brought perspectives and discussions that no amount of reading can replace. He was always patient with queries, yet wouldn't let the over-smart crowd hijack the discussions. He was polite and encouraging and made us go through a very rigorous learning process with multiple assignments and cases but each assignment helped in understanding the topic much much better. Towards the end we could talk about the concepts easily and relate it to things around us. He will be 'the' teacher that I will miss the most.”
“If you had told any of us in the batch way back in the 1st semester that we'd be nominating Prof. Mulla as our favourite, we'd have seriously doubted your mental capabilities. He taught us Compensation and Benefits and the assignments were so tough and lengthy, we'd actually have to spend nights in the library trying to complete them. But I'm glad we did. You see, Prof. Mulla's genius lies in the fact that he'll get you to achieve what's best for you, both as a professional as well as an individual, in ways that are too subtle to observe. Those nights in the library made our batch become a tight-knit community. The carefully-constructed pedagogy both within and beyond class hours helped us fall in love with each and every subject he taught. He worked supremely hard too- reading through each and every submission with care, and delivering constructive individualized feedback. The help that he extended beyond his subjects were considerable as well, greeting us with an open calendar whenever we approached him. Prof. Mulla is an exemplary academician, teacher, and repository of knowledge. I hope that his nomination to the platform enables more to know of and learn from him.”
“Professor Mulla is an inspiration for all the students at TISS Mumbai. He has set the academic as well as professional standard for his courses to the highest level. His approach is scientific and evidence-based. All his courses leave the students with a vigor to face the world armed with knowledge and the right attitude. Every aspect of his personality and pedagogy inspires us to learn and reflect on challenges for which we must prepare ourselves.”
“He is very systematic and methodological in his teachings. Every minute of each session is very well planned and executed. He has great command over the subjects he teaches and his teachings invoke great interests in the learners. Enriching learning experience in his sessions. He rewards originality and creativity. Assignments, course work, quiz, exams etc. are thought provoking and checks one's conceptual clarity and practical knowledge. In a nutshell he is the best teacher at TISS Mumbai.”
What The InsideIIM Professor of The Year Series Is About
In the last year, the whole country struggled in coping up with the pandemic and lockdowns. In this time of crisis, it was the great leadership shown by our teachers and professors to ensure that learning never stops. They went beyond just teaching and found solutions and created new learning environments for their students to continue learning.
We at InsideIIM want to recognize the efforts that various B-School professors throughout the country put in to ensure that their students are not left behind and continue to meet their potential and achieve great things. This is why we asked MBA students of the current batches in 2021 to nominate their favorite professors on campus for the title of 'Professor of The Year' as a small token of gratitude for professors who have made so many efforts in the last year, just so that students can head out to etch a successful career for themselves!