Nitin Nohria to continue as Harvard Business School dean through December

Nitin Nohria has agreed to remain as dean of Harvard Business School (HBS) through the end of December, the Harvard Gazette reported.

The decision was taken in wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and the “historic global upheaval” and “uncertainty” it has caused, the Harvard Gazette quoted Harvard University President Larry Bacow as saying.

Nohria, who has led HBS for nearly a decade, said last fall that he planned to step down on June 30 and take a year-long sabbatical. He was named dean in 2010 by then-President Drew Faust.

As dean Nohria “oversaw the launch of Harvard Business School Online and the Harvard i-lab, spearheaded curriculum innovation such as the field method, and presided over a $1.4 billion capital campaign to bolster faculty hiring and research and to strengthen the School’s residential campus, including Klarman Hall, the Chao Center, and Tata Hall,” the Harvard Gazette said.

He has been a member of the HBS faculty since 1988, and taught leadership and organizational behavior. After earning a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering in 1984 from the Indian Institute of Technology in Bombay, Nohria moved to Cambridge to study at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Sloan School of Management, where he received a Ph.D. in management in 1988.

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