Srikant M Datar, the Arthur Lowes Dickinson Professor of Business Administration and the senior associate dean for University affairs at Harvard Business School (HBS) is going to be the new head of Harvard University’s Business school. Srikant is an alumnus of Mumbai University and IIM Ahmedabad. As announced by President Larry Bacow Srikant will begin his service on Jan 1.
Second dean of Indian Origin at Harvard Business School
Another Indian American Srikant will succeed Nitin Nohria and he will be the second dean of Indian origin at Harvard University. He will work with Rakesh Khurana who heads Harvard College. Moreover, He is an innovative educator and also a distinguished scholar. He is a deeply experienced academic leader,” Bacow said while announcing the appointment.
Moreover, Srikant is one of the leading thinkers in the field of future of business education. Also, He has recently played an essential role in Harvard Business School’s creative response to the challenges posed by the COVID-19 crisis. While forging novel collaborations with other Harvard Schools, he has served with distinction in a range of leadership positions in his more than 25 years at Harvard Business School.”, cited in a post on the Harvard Business School website.
I am honoured to take this responsibility: Srikant
I am honoured to take on this role. Moreover, he said , “Harvard Business School is an institution which has a remarkable legacy and is famous for its cutting edge research and education”. However, 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 Harvard Business School in our Boston community. In addition to that, he said that it will be an exciting new era to make the world realize our mission” Said Srikant.
Ratan Tata gift to HBS
Nitin Nohria is also an alumnus Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai. He had been dean of Harvard Business School for nearly 10 years. He has started in 2010. Later that year in 2010, Ratan Tata had donated $ 50 million to HBS. Ratan Tata is also an alumni of the institution. The donation was one of the largest gifts in the history of School. Also, The residential and academic building (Tata Hall) was a donation by Ratan Tata.
However, Nitin Nohria had already announced plans to step down last November. But stayed on in the wake of COVID -19 outbreak.
Srikant’s record of collaboration, innovation and leadership
Srikant is an outstanding choice as next dean for Harvard Business School. He has wondered deeply about the challenges and opportunities that management education are facing. In addition to that, He has also proven record of collaboration, innovation, and leadership. His record is not only prominent within the Harvard Business School but across Harvard and at other organizations.
Innovator on future business –
The post shared on the website of HBS says that Srikant is a prominent thinker and innovator on the future of Business Education. Moreover, he is the co-author of the book Rethinking the MBA: Business Education at a Crossroads. In addition to that, he has developed new courses on Developing mindsets for Innovative Problem Solving and Managing with Data Science.
Srikant started by focusing on cost management and control, strategy implementation, and governance. ALso, in recent years he is focussing on design thinking and innovative problem solving. Also, his focus is toward machine learning and artificial intelligence.