Nitin Nohria

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Nitin Nohria
10th Dean of Harvard Business School
In office
January 1, 2010 – December 31, 2020
Preceded byJay Owen Light
Succeeded bySrikant Datar
Personal details
BornFebruary 9, 1962
New Delhi, India
SpouseMonica Chandra
Residence(s)Boston, Massachusetts, US
Alma materIndian Institute of Technology, Bombay (BTech)
University of Mumbai (MBA)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (PhD)
OccupationProfessor; academic administrator

Nitin Nohria (born February 9, 1962) is an Indian-American academic. He was the tenth dean of Harvard Business School. He is also the George F. Baker Professor of Administration. He is a former non-executive director of Tata Sons.

Early life and education[edit]

Nitin Nohria was born in a Hindu Baniya (trader) family originally from Nohar, Rajasthan, India. His father, Kewal Nohria, was the former chairman of Crompton Greaves in India, and was one of the reasons Nohria decided to embark upon a career in business.[1]

Nohria attended high school at St. Columba's School in New Delhi, India. He earned a B.Tech in Chemical Engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, graduating in 1984, and then received an MBA from Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies at the University of Mumbai.[2] He earned a PhD in Management from the Sloan School of Management at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1988.[3]


Nitin Nohria with senior civil servants of Government of India in New Delhi with Piyush Goyal.

Nohria served as co-chair of the HBS Leadership Initiative and sat on the executive committee of the University's interfaculty initiative on advanced leadership. Nohria is working with fellow HBS professor Rakesh Khurana, the World Economic Forum and the Aspen Institute to create a business oath, like the MBA Oath,[4] that might be used globally. In a Harvard Business Review piece published in October 2008, Khurana and Nohria linked the connection between professionalism of a profession and the profession's ability to deliver value to society.[5]

External video
video icon Nitin Nohria, Dean of the Harvard Business School, talks about leadership, case studies, and efforts to help women succeed at the school., 37:25, Charlie Rose, January 22, 2015

On May 4, 2010, Drew Gilpin Faust, President of Harvard University, appointed him as the Dean of Harvard Business School, effective July 1, 2010.[6] He is the second HBS Dean, after John H. McArthur, born outside the United States and the first Dean since Dean Fouraker in the 1970s to live in the Dean's House on the HBS campus.[7] In January 2014, he tendered an apology on behalf of Harvard Business School for the perceived sexism at the school.[8]

In August 2017, Nohria argued that President Donald Trump's support for "isolationism" was detrimental to American economic prosperity, as it discouraged successful foreigners from immigrating to the US.[9]

In November 2019, Nohria announced that he would step down as dean in June 2020 but, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, Nohria decided to stay on as dean through the end of 2020. Srikant Datar took over for him beginning January 1, 2021. [10]

Nohria has won several awards and honors including the 2008 McKinsey Award for the best article in Harvard Business Review for "How Do CEOs Manage Their Time?" and the 2005 PricewaterhouseCoopers Best Article Award for "How to Build Collaborative Advantage".[11]


Race issues[edit]

In 2013, a lengthy front-page article in The New York Times described HBS efforts to deal with gender inequality.[12] In 2014, Nohria apologized for HBS on how it had sometimes treated its female students and professors offensively.[13]

Under Nohria as dean for 10 years at Harvard Business School, there was a low percentage of African Americans as enrolled MBA students and had nine out of 270 faculty members in the faculty who were black.[14] A faculty member Steven S. Rogers stepped down from teaching at the business school because it had long given short shrift to the black experience[14] and had maintained anti-African practices.[15]

In June 2020, Nohria publicly apologized for failing to mount a more successful fight against racism and pledged to move urgently forward with what he called an “anti-racism action plan.”[16][17]

Personal life[edit]

Nohria is married with two daughters, both of whom currently attend Harvard College.[18] Nohria earned "$727,365 in salary and benefits in 2014."[19]


  1. ^ What guides Harvard B-school dean Nitin Nohria
  2. ^ "Nitin Nohria - Faculty & Research - Harvard Business School". Retrieved 2022-08-18.
  3. ^ Interview with Nitin Nohria
  4. ^ The Oath Project
  5. ^ Rakesh Khurana and Nitin Nohria. "It's Time to Make Management a True Profession." Harvard Business Review print edition, October 2008. Archived 2009-07-02 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ "Harvard Business School biography". Archived from the original on 2012-07-22. Retrieved 2009-09-05.
  7. ^ Navigating a route for the 21st century
  8. ^ "Dean Nitin Nohria apologizes for Sexism at Harvard Business School". IANS. Biharprabha News. Retrieved 31 January 2014.
  9. ^ Kentish, Ben (August 1, 2017). "Donald Trump's economic policy is a risk to the US, warns Harvard Business School dean". The Independent. Archived from the original on 2022-06-21. Retrieved August 20, 2017.
  10. ^ Burstein, Ellen M. "Datar to Serve as Harvard Business School's Next Dean | News | the Harvard Crimson". the The Harvard Crimson. Retrieved 16 November 2020.
  11. ^ "Nitin Nohria - Faculty & Research - Harvard Business School". Retrieved 2022-08-18.
  12. ^ Kantor, Jodi (7 September 2013). "Harvard Business School Case Study: Gender Equity". The New York Times. Retrieved 16 June 2020.
  13. ^ "Harvard B-school dean offers unusual apology". Retrieved 16 June 2020.
  14. ^ a b "At Harvard Business School, diversity remains elusive". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 16 June 2020.
  15. ^ "Former Harvard B-School Prof Slams Dean For School's 'Systematic Anti-Black Practices'". 10 June 2020. Retrieved 16 June 2020.
  16. ^ "Harvard B-School Dean Nohria Asked At A Town Hall On Race: 'Why Are We Having The Same Conversation Again?'". 16 June 2020. Retrieved 16 June 2020.
  17. ^ "Harvard Business School Dean Apologizes For Racial Failures". 9 June 2020. Retrieved 16 June 2020.
  18. ^ "Nitin Nohria - Faculty - Harvard Business School". Harvard Business School. Retrieved 28 February 2019.
  19. ^ Byrne, John A. (May 18, 2016). "HBS Dean Nohria Paid Less Than Wharton Dean". Poets & Quants. Retrieved March 27, 2018.

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