Srikant Datar
11th Dean of Harvard Business School
Assumed office
January 1, 2021
Preceded byNitin Nohria
Personal details
Residence(s)Boston, Massachusetts, US
EducationThe Cathedral & John Connon School
Alma materSt. Xavier's College, Mumbai
Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (PGDBM)
Institute of Chartered Accountants of India
Stanford University (AM, MS, PhD)
OccupationProfessor; academic administrator

Srikant Datar is an Indian-American economist and the Dean of Harvard Business School. At Harvard, he concurrently serves as the Arthur Lowes Dickinson Professor of Business Administration.[1][2][3]

Early life

Datar attended the Cathedral and John Connon School in Mumbai.[4] He graduated with distinction in mathematics and economics from St. Xavier's College, University of Mumbai in 1973. At IIM Ahmedabad, he was a gold medalist and the General Secretary of the Student's Council (1977–78).[5] He is a chartered accountant and holds two master's degrees and a doctorate from Stanford University.[1]


Since 2015, he has been faculty chair of the Harvard Innovation Labs and Senior Associate Dean for University Affairs at Harvard Business School. He is a member of the boards of directors of ICF International, Stryker Corporation, and T-Mobile US, all in the US, and of IIM Calcutta.[6] He previously served on the boards of IIM Ahmedabad,[7] HCL Technologies (2012 to 2014) and KPIT Technologies (2007 to 2012), both based in India. Datar is also part of the governing body of S. P. Jain Institute of Management and Research.[8]

Datar has worked as an accountant and planner in industry and as a professor at Carnegie Mellon University, Stanford University, and Harvard University.[9] His research interests are in the areas of cost management, measurement of productivity, governance, new product development, innovation, time-based competition, incentives, and performance evaluation.[9][10] He is the author of many publications and has received several academic awards and honors. In 2021, he was the winner of the 2021 Bharat Asmita Acharya Shreshtha Award from Maharashtra Academy of Engineering and Education Research (MAEER) and in 2020 he was honored as the 2020 Public Company Director of the Year by the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD). [11]

Datar has also advised numerous companies in research, development, and training.[12]


In 2021, he was awarded the Padma Shri, the fourth-highest civilian award in India.[13][14]

In 2022, the International Institute of New England (IINE) announced Srikant Datar as the recipient of the 41st Golden Door Award.[15]


  1. ^ a b "Srikant M. Datar". Faculty & Research. Harvard Business School. Retrieved 2022-04-08.
  2. ^ "Srikant Datar seen as favorite as new HBS Dean". October 14, 2005. Retrieved April 20, 2019.
  3. ^ "Srikant Datar - Making A Difference". Harvard Business School. 25 Apr 2014. Retrieved May 12, 2017.
  4. ^ ""MBA in North America," an iMahal Interview with Dr. Srikant Datar, Senior Associate Dean of Harvard Business School". iMahal. May 24, 2000. Retrieved 2020-10-09.
  5. ^ Datar, Srikant (October 31, 2018). "Srikant Datar on Student Life in 1976-78". YouTube. Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad. Retrieved 10 October 2020.
  6. ^ "Board of Governors | IIM Calcutta".
  7. ^ Umarji, Vinay (2016-01-01). "L&T's Naik steps down as IIM-A chairman". Business Standard India. Retrieved 2020-02-01.
  8. ^ "Organisation and Governance | SPJIMR". Retrieved 2019-02-12.
  9. ^ a b University, Carnegie Mellon. "Former Tepper Accounting Professor Named Dean of Harvard Business School - Tepper School of Business - Carnegie Mellon University". Retrieved 2022-04-02.
  10. ^ "Dean Srikant Datar - About". Harvard Business School. Retrieved 2022-04-02.
  11. ^ "Srikant M. Datar - Awards & Honors". Faculty & Research. Harvard Business School. Retrieved 2022-04-08.
  12. ^ "Design Thinking & Innovation - Dr. Srikant Datar (Harvard)". Great Lakes Institute of Management. Retrieved 2022-04-02.
  13. ^ "Keshubhai Patel among five Padma awardees from Gujarat - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 2021-01-30.
  14. ^ "Srikant Datar named dean of Harvard Business School". Harvard Gazette. 2020-10-09. Retrieved 2020-10-09.
  15. ^ "IINE Honors Dr. Srikant M. Datar with the Prestigious Golden Door Award". International Institute of New England. 2022-11-01. Retrieved 2023-04-27.