Datar will become the 11th dean in the Business School’s 112-year history and will be succeeding Nitin Nohria.
Indian-origin academician, Srikant Datar, has been named as Dean of Harvard Business School (HBS). Datar will begin his service on Jan. 1. He will be succeeding Nitin Nohria and become the second consecutive dean hailing from India to lead the prestigious 112-year-old institution.
Announcing his appointment, HBS President Larry Bacow said on the School’s website,“Srikant Datar is 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. Srikant will come to the deanship with a broad international perspective, decades of close engagement with business practice, and a strong commitment to building an increasingly diverse and inclusive HBS community.”
Datar joined HBS faculty in 1996 and has held a series of key positions, as the School’s senior associate dean responsible for faculty recruiting, for faculty development, for executive education, for research, and currently for University affairs. He has served since 2015 as faculty chair of the Harvard Innovation Labs, or i-lab.
“I am equally humbled and honored to take on this role,” said Datar on HBS website. “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. I look forward to working with colleagues and friends of the School — including throughout Harvard, in our Boston community, and around the world — to realize our mission in what undoubtedly will be an exciting new era,” Datar said on his appointment.
Datar will become the 11th dean in the Business School’s 112-year history. He will succeed Nitin Nohria. “Srikant is an outstanding choice as Harvard Business School’s next dean,” said Nohria.
Datar received his bachelor’s degree, with distinction, from the University of Bombay in 1973. A chartered accountant, he went on to receive a postgraduate diploma in business management from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, before completing master’s degrees in statistics (1983) and economics (1984) and a Ph.D. in business (1985), all from Stanford University.
From 1984 to 1989, he was an assistant professor and then associate professor at the Carnegie Mellon Graduate School of Industrial Administration, where he was honored with the George Leland Bach Teaching Award. From 1989 to 1996, he served on the faculty of the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he rose to become the Littlefield Professor of Accounting and Management and was recognized with the school’s Distinguished Teaching Award.
He also serves on the governing body of the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta.
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