Srikant Datar
11th Dean of Harvard Business School
Assumed office
January 1, 2021
Preceded byNitin Nohria
Personal details
ResidenceBoston, Massachusetts, US
EducationThe Cathedral & John Connon School
Alma materInstitute of Chartered Accountants of India (University of Mumbai)
Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad (PGDBM)
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] In 2021, he was awarded the Padma Shri, the fourth-highest civilian award in India.[4][5]

Early life

Datar attended the Cathedral and John Connon School in Mumbai.[6] 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).[7] He is a chartered accountant and holds two master's degrees and a doctorate from Stanford University.[citation needed]


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.[8] He previously served on the boards of IIM Ahmedabad,[9] 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.[10]

Datar has worked as an accountant and planner in industry and as a professor at Carnegie Mellon University, Stanford University, and Harvard University.[citation needed] His research interests are in the areas of cost management, measurement of productivity, new product development, innovation, time-based competition, incentives, and performance evaluation.[citation needed] He is the author of many publications and has received several academic awards and honors. Datar has also advised numerous companies in research, development, and training.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "Srikant Datar". Retrieved May 12, 2017.
  2. ^ "Srikant Datar seen as favorite as new HBS Dean". October 14, 2005. Retrieved April 20, 2019.
  3. ^ "Srikant Datar - Making A Difference". Retrieved May 12, 2017.
  4. ^ "Keshubhai Patel among five Padma awardees from Gujarat - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 2021-01-30.
  5. ^ "Srikant Datar named dean of Harvard Business School". Harvard Gazette. 2020-10-09. Retrieved 2020-10-09.
  6. ^ ""MBA in North America," an iMahal Interview with Dr. Srikant Datar, Senior Associate Dean of Harvard Business School". Retrieved 2020-10-09.
  7. ^ Datar, Srikant. "Srikant Datar on Student Life in 1976-78". YouTube. INDIAN INSTITUTE OF MANAGEMENT AHMEDABAD - IIMA. Retrieved 10 October 2020.
  8. ^ "Board of Governors | IIM Calcutta".
  9. ^ Umarji, Vinay (2016-01-01). "L&T's Naik steps down as IIM-A chairman". Business Standard India. Retrieved 2020-02-01.
  10. ^ "Organisation and Governance | SPJIMR". Retrieved 2019-02-12.