The Harvard Business School (HBS) has named Srikant Datar as its new dean. Datar, the Arthur Lowes Dickinson Professor of Business Administration and the senior associate dean for University affairs at HBS will begin his service on Jan. 1, 2021. Datar will become the 11th dean in the business school’s 112-year history and will succeed Nitin Nohria.
Last November, Nohria announced his plans to step down as dean at the end of June, after 10 years of distinguished service, but agreed to continue through this December in view of the pandemic.
As per the. Harvard Gazette, Datar “has emerged as a prominent thinker and innovator on the future of business education and in strengthening HBS’s educational ties with other parts of Harvard.” He was co-author, with David Garvin and Patrick Cullen, of “Rethinking the MBA: Business Education at a Crossroads.”
Datar has developed new courses on “Developing Mindsets for Innovative Problem Solving” and “Managing with Data Science.” He has published numerous articles in scholarly journals on such topics as activity-based management, quality, productivity, time-based competition, new product development, bottleneck management, incentives, and performance evaluation. He has also served on several editorial boards.
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.