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Gundy Kaupins, PhD

Gundy Kaupins

Mail Stop: 1625
Office Number: MBEB 3254
Office Hours: WF Noon-1:00 p.m.

Gundars (Gundy) Kaupins is professor of management and former management department chair at Boise State University.

His work includes more than 100 articles in workplace autism, human resource ethics, design thinking and creativity, and Baltic studies in journals such as the Academy of Management Perspectives and International Journal of Technology and Human Interaction and books such as Design Thinking and Strategy, Business Aha! Tips on Ethics for Managers, and Business Aha! Tips on Creativity.

He supervised about 950 internships and has written about 700 employee handbooks with his students. He has written for HR certification exams such as PHR, SPHR, Assurance of Learning, SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP.

Education and Certifications

  • PhD, Human Resource Management, University of Iowa
  • MBA, University of Northern Iowa
  • BA, Political Science, Economics, Wartburg College
  • SHRM-SCP, Society for Human Resource Management Senior Certified Professional; SPHR, Senior Professional in Human Resources

Teaching Areas

  • Human Resource Management
  • Compensation and Benefits
  • Employee and Labor Relations

Featured Publications

(Since 2020)

Kaupins, G.  (Forthcoming). Investigating Recommended Jobs for Generation A Individuals with High Functioning Autism to Enhance Person-Job Fit.  Ed. By Cristina Giannantonio and Amy Hanson.  Research on Autism in the Workplace and Generation A. Chapter 4, 69-91.  Emerald Publishing, doi:10.1108/978-1-80071-256-020211005

Kaupins, G. (Forthcoming). Having Asperger’s in the “Wrong Jobs”:  Getting off the Cement Block.  Corporate and Business Strategies of Business Storytelling” (set sub-title)  Ed. By Jillian Saylors. “A World Scientific Encyclopedia of Business Storytelling.”

Kaupins, G.  (Forthcoming). The Joke-Challenged Autistic Business Professor and other Geek Mythologies. In Kishor Vaidya Ed. Teach Business Studies With a Sense of Humor: Why (and How to) Be a Funnier and More Effective Business Studies Teacher and Laugh All the Way to Your Classroom.

Kaupins, G. (Forthcoming). Humor and Design Thinking:  The Uncom”pair”ably Great Couple. In Kishor Vaidya (ed.) Lead With a Sense of Humor: Why (and How to) Be a Funnier and More Effective Educational Leader and Laugh All the Way to Your Institution?”

Kaupins, G., Chenoweth, T., and Klein, F. (2020). Should college instructors reveal their high-functioning autism in the classroom?  Journal of Education for Business, 95(8): 534-540.  ID: 1716204 DOI:10.1080/08832323.2020.1716204

Kaupins, G. (2020, April 27).  Should professors with invisible disabilities, such as Asperger’s, reveal them to their students?  The Teaching Professor, Retrieved from

Kaupins, G. (2020). When Religion Is on the Agenda.  In Robert N. Lussier and John R. Hendon in Human Resource Management:  Functions, Applications, and Skill Development, Thousand Oaks, California.

Book Reviews

After the Gig: How the Sharing Economy Got Hijacked and How to Win it Back.  By Juliet Schor with William Attwood-Charles et al. Choice, Forthcoming.

The Carrot and the Stick:  Leveraging Strategic Control for Growth.  By William Putsis, Choice, September 2021, 59(1).

Break’em Up:  Recovering Our Freedom from Big Ag, Big, Tech, and Big Money.  By Zephy Teachout (Forward by Bernie Sanders), Choice, June 2021, 58(10).

Organizational Psychology of Mergers and Acquisitions.  By Camelia Oancea and Caroline Kamau, Choice, June 2021, 58(10).

The Cambridge Handbook of the Changing Nature of Work. Ed. By Brian J. Hoffman, Mindy K. Shoss, and Lauren A. Wegman, Choice, May 2021, 58(9).

Ecosystem Edge:  Sustaining Competitiveness in the Face of Disruption.  By Arnoud De Meyer and Peter J. Williamson, Choice, February 2021, 58(6).

Out-Innovate:  How Global Entrepreneurs—from Delhi to Detroit—are Rewriting the Rules of Silicon Valley.  By Alexandre Lazaron, Choice, February 2021, 58(6).

Strategic Leadership and Management in Nonprofit Organizations:  Theory and Practice. (2nd ed.).  By Martha Golensky, Choice, November 2020, 58(3).

Embodied Computing:  Wearables, Implantables, Embeddables, Ingestibles.  Ed. By Isabel Pederson and Andrew Liadis, Choice, October 2020, 58(2).

Indistractable:  How to Control Your Attention and Choose Your Life.  By Nir Eyal with Jylie Li.  Choice, July 2020, 57(11).

Internet of Nano-things and Wireless Body Area Networks (WBAN).   By Fadi, Al-Turjman, Choice, July 2020, 57(11).

The Business of Women’s Empowerment: Corporate Gender Politics in the Global South.  By Sofie Tornhill.  Choice, May 2020, 57(9).

The 360° Corporation: From Stakeholder Trade-offs to Transformation.  By Sarah Kaplan.  Choice, January 2020, 57(5).


  • Lifetime Achievement Award (Human Resource Association of Treasure Valley)
  • Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR)
  • Six Best Paper Awards
  • Advisor of the Year Award
  • Three Teaching Awards
  • John Elloriaga Fellowship