Nitin Nohria became the 10th Dean of Harvard Business School on July 1, 2010. He previously served as cochair of the Leadership Initiative, senior associate dean of faculty development, and head of the Organizational Behavior Unit.
As dean, building on input from faculty, students, staff, and alumni, he has identified five priorities for Harvard Business School: (1) innovation in the School's educational programs, beginning with the MBA Program; (2) intellectual ambition that advances ideas with impact in practice; (3) continued internationalization, through building a global intellectual footprint; (4) the creation of a culture of inclusion, where every member of the community can do his or her best work in support of the School's mission; and (5) the fostering of a culture of integration within HBS and across Harvard University that acts as a catalyst for entrepreneurship. Recent examples of activities in support of these priorities include:
• A new, yearlong course in the MBA Program, Field Immersion Experiences for Leadership Development (FIELD)
• The U.S. Competitiveness Project, a multi-faculty, research-led effort to understand and improve the competitiveness of the United States
• The launch of the Harvard Innovation Lab, an initiative to foster team-based and entrepreneurial activities
Dean Nohria has taught courses across Harvard Business School's MBA, PhD, and Executive Education programs. His intellectual interests center on human motivation, leadership, corporate transformation and accountability, and sustainable economic and human performance. He is a coauthor or coeditor of 16 books.
Prior to joining the HBS faculty in July 1988, Dean Nohria received his PhD in management from the MIT Sloan School of Management and a B.Tech. in chemical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay.