Eminent Indian-origin academician Srikant Datar has been named as Dean of Harvard Business School, succeeding Nitin Nohria and turning into the second consecutive dean hailing from India to steer the distinguished 112-year-old establishment.
Datar, an alumnus of University of Bombay and Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, is the Arthur Lowes Dickinson Professor of Business Administration and the senior affiliate dean for University Affairs at Harvard Business School (HBS).
He will assume cost as the college’s subsequent dean on January 1, President Larry Bacow stated.
Bacow described Datar as an “innovative educator, a distinguished scholar, and a deeply experienced academic leader.”
“He is a leading thinker about the future of business education, and he has recently played an essential role in HBS’s creative response to the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. He has served with distinction in a range of leadership positions over his nearly 25 years at HBS, while also forging novel collaborations with other Harvard Schools,” Bacow stated.
Datar stated he’s in equal measures “humbled and honoured” to tackle the brand new function.
“Harvard Business School is an institution with a remarkable legacy of impact in research, education, and practice. Yet the events of the past year have hastened our passage to an unforeseen future,” he stated, including that he seems to be ahead to working with colleagues and buddies of the college to grasp “our mission in what undoubtedly will be an exciting new era.”
Datar will develop into the 11th dean within the enterprise faculty historical past.
He will succeed Nohria, who final November introduced his plans to conclude his deanship on the finish of June 2020, after 10 years of service.
Nohria had agreed to proceed by means of this December in view of the pandemic, a press release posted on the Harvard Gazette web site stated.
Datar obtained his bachelor’s diploma, with distinction, from the University of Bombay in 1973.
A chartered accountant, he went on to obtain a postgraduate diploma in enterprise administration from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, earlier than finishing grasp’s levels in statistics and economics and a Ph.D.in enterprise from Stanford University.
From 1984 to 1989, he was an assistant professor after which affiliate professor on the Carnegie Mellon Graduate School of Industrial Administration, the place he was honoured with the George Leland Bach Teaching Award.
From 1989 to 1996, he served on the college of the Stanford Graduate School of Business, the place he rose to develop into the Littlefield Professor of Accounting and Management and was recognised with the college’s Distinguished Teaching Award.
The assertion added that as a local of India who has travelled broadly on the HBS’s behalf, Datar brings a broad worldwide perspective to his work.
He has offered his analysis to audiences of teachers and executives in North America, South America, Asia, Africa, and Europe.
He has led discussions and workshops on administration training on a number of continents, has written quite a few papers and circumstances targeted on enterprises primarily based overseas, and is school co-chair of the HBS Senior Executive Program–Africa, which was launched in 2016 and has since provided packages for executives in South Africa, Rwanda, Ghana, and Mauritius.
He additionally serves on the governing physique of the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta.
The assertion stated that since becoming a member of the HBS school in 1996, Datar has held a sequence of key positions, as the college’s senior affiliate dean answerable for school recruiting, for school growth, for government training, for analysis, and at the moment for University affairs.
He has served since 2015 as school chair of the Harvard Innovation Labs, or i-lab.
Most not too long ago, he has been intensively engaged in envisioning and implementing the modern hybrid educating and studying mannequin that HBS has adopted in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the assertion stated.
Bacow added that Datar will come to the deanship with a broad worldwide perspective, many years of shut engagement with enterprise observe, and a robust dedication to constructing an more and more various and inclusive HBS neighborhood.
“He is also a warm, generous, and thoughtful colleague and mentor — someone whose leadership experience, intimate knowledge of HBS, deep devotion to the institution, and talent for catalysing constructive change all promise to serve the School and the University well, at a pivotal moment for business education.”
Nohria stated Datar is an “outstanding choice” as Harvard Business School’s subsequent dean and he has thought deeply concerning the challenges and alternatives going through administration training, and has a confirmed file of collaboration, innovation, and management — not solely inside HBS, however throughout Harvard and at different organisations.
Co-author of a number of books, Datar performed a key function in launching each the M.S.-M.B.A. in biotechnology and life sciences (with the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and Harvard Medical School) and the M.S.-M.B.A. in engineering sciences (with the Harvard Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences) joint diploma packages.
Datar at the moment serves on the boards of firms comparable to Novartis and T-Mobile US.
Founded in 1908, the Business School is situated on a 40-acre campus in Boston. Its school of greater than 200 provide full-time packages resulting in the M.B.A. and doctoral levels, in addition to greater than 70 open-enrollment executive-education packages and 55 customized packages, and Harvard Business School Online, the digital-learning platform.