Nitin Nohria

Nitin Nohria
Nitin Nohria
Born Nohar, Rajasthan, India[1]
Residence Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Nationality American
Alma mater Indian Institute of Technology Bombay
MIT Sloan School of Management
Occupation Professor

Nitin Nohria is the 10th and the current dean of Harvard Business School. He is also the George F. Baker Professor of Business Administration, co-chair of the HBS Leadership Initiative and sits on the executive committee of the University's interfaculty initiative on advanced leadership.

Over the years, he served in a series of senior roles at HBS: chair of the organizational behavior unit from 1998 to 2002, director of the division of research in 2003 to 2004, and senior associate dean for faculty development from 2006 to 2009.

He has co-written or co-edited 16 books, and is author of more than 50 articles and dozens of teaching cases and notes.


Early life and works

Nohria was born in Nohar, Rajasthan, India. His father, Kewal Nohria, was the former Chairman of Crompton Greaves in India and was an influence upon Nohria's decision to embark upon a career in business [2]. Nohria graduated from St. Columba's School in New Delhi, India following which he earned a B.Tech in Chemical Engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay and earned a Ph.D. in Management from the MIT Sloan School of Management.[3]

He is a co-founder of The Smart Manager, Indian business & management magazine along with Gita Piramal and Sumantra Ghoshal.

He 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, [1] that might be used globally.[4] 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]

Appointment as Dean of HBS

Nohria has taught across the Business School's MBA, doctoral, and executive education programs. He is the past head of the required first-year "Leadership and Organizational Behavior" course, and he co-directed the team that designed the required first-year course on "Leadership and Corporate Accountability." He recently taught in such executive education programs as "Building a Global Enterprise in India" and the "New CEO Workshop." A dedicated mentor to many HBS doctoral students over the past two decades, he also taught for years in the interfaculty Ph.D. program in organizational behavior and chaired HBS task forces on case writing and course development, as well as the leadership curriculum. Earlier this year, he was one of four instructors from Harvard Schools who co-designed and taught a January term workshop on "Faith and Leadership in a Fragmented World."

Nohria taught at HBS since 1988. He also served as a visiting faculty member at the London Business School in 1996.

On May 4, 2010, Catherine Drew Gilpin Faust, President of Harvard University, appointed him dean of the Harvard Business School. His term began from July 1, 2010. He accepted the offer to become the next 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] His appointment has been seen by some commentators as a positive reaction to the recently publicized ethical problems faced by business leaders, particularly those educated at HBS.[8]

While Dean Nohria has emphasized his commitment to re-thinking and re-shaping business school education, he has no plans to do away with the case method, and instead plans to reshape the second-year elective curriculum taught to MBA students.[7]


  • Handbook of Leadership Theory and Practice (2010, with Rakesh Khurana)
  • Entrepreneurs, Managers, and Leaders: What the Airline Industry Can Teach Us About Leadership (2009, with Anthony J. Mayo and Mark Rennella)
  • Paths to Power: How Insiders and Outsiders Shaped American Business Leadership (with Laura G. Singleton and Anthony J. Mayo, 2007)
  • In Their Time (with Anthony J. Mayo, 2005)
  • What Really Works: The 4+2 Formula for Sustained Business Success (with William Joyce and Bruce Roberson, 2003)
  • Changing Fortunes: Remaking the Industrial Corporation (2002, with Davis Dwyer and Fred Dalzell Jr.)
  • Driven: How Human Nature Shapes our Choices (2001)
  • Master Passions: Emotion, Narrative, and the Development of Culture (with Mihnea Moldoveanu, 2002)
  • The Arc of Ambition: Defining the Leadership Journey (with James Champy, 2000)
  • The Differentiated Network: Organizing Multinational Corporations for Value Creation (1997, with Sumantra Ghoshal, won the George R. Terry Award)
  • Fast Forward (with James Champy, 1996)
  • Beyond the Hype: Rediscovering the Essence of Management (1994)
  • Building the Information Age Organization (1994)


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