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IIT alumnus Nitin Nohria to be next dean of Harvard

india Updated: May 05, 2010 21:58 IST

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Professor Nitin Nohria, an alumnus of the Indian Institute of Technology in Mumbai, has been named the first Indian-American dean of the prestigious Harvard Business School, a role he will take up on July 1.

Currently the Richard P. Chapman Professor of Business Administration at the century-old institution and co-chair of its Leadership Initiative, Nohria will be the 10th dean of Harvard Business School.

“I feel a profound sense of responsibility for continuing Harvard Business School’s proud legacy of ground-breaking ideas and transformational educational experiences,” the chemical engineer-turned-management expert, who has co-authored 16 books, said.

“With business education at an inflection point, we must strive to equip future leaders with the competence and character to address emerging global business and social challenges,” Nohria said.

Nohria, along with his brother-in-law Bharat N. Anand, the Henry R. Byers Professor of Business Administration at Harvard, are known for their hospitality and celebration of Indian festivals and culture.

“As his student, I found his discussion techniques and detailing immensely informative and thought provoking,” said Manoj Kumar, managing partner with Hammurabi and Solomon, a legal and corporate consultancy firm.

“Nohria also made the curriculum and case studies very relevant to issues in the Indian business context. He deserves a special mention for making the programme so insightful,” Kumar said.

Nohria received his degree in chemical engineering in 1984 from the Indian Institute of Technology in Mumbai, which also awarded him with its distinguished alumnus medal in 2007.

He received his doctoral degree in management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Sloan School of Management in 1988 where he earned an outstanding doctoral thesis award in behavioral and policy sciences.

He joined the Harvard faculty as an assistant professor in 1988, became an associate professor five years later and has been the Richard P. Chapman Professor of Business Administration since 1999.

“Nitin Nohria will be a wonderful dean of Harvard Business School,” said Jay Light about his successor. “He is widely respected within our extended community as a perceptive scholar of leadership and as a thoughtful and able academic leader.”