Srikant M. Datar became the eleventh dean of Harvard Business School on 1 January 2021.
During his tenure at the School, he has served as Senior Associate Dean for University Affairs
(including Faculty Chair of the Harvard Innovation Lab), for Research, for Executive Education, for
Faculty Development, and for Faculty Recruiting.
A graduate with distinction from the University of Bombay, Datar received gold medals upon
graduation from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, and the Institute of Cost and
Works Accountants of India. A Chartered Accountant, he holds two masters degrees and a Ph.D.
from Stanford University.
Datar’s research and course development have been in the areas of cost management and
management control, strategy implementation, governance, and, more recently, management
education, design thinking and innovative problem solving, and machine learning and artificial
intelligence. He has published his work on activity-based management, quality, productivity,
time-based competition, new product development, bottleneck management, incentives, and
performance evaluation in journals such as The Accounting Review, Journal of Accounting and
Economics, Journal of Accounting Research, Contemporary Accounting Research,
and Management Science. He is a co-author of the leading cost accounting textbook, Cost
Accounting: A Managerial Emphasis (Prentice-Hall) and of Rethinking the MBA: Business
Education at a Crossroads (Harvard Business Press). He has authored more than 30 cases on
topics ranging from Data Science at Target to Nippon Steel.
Datar has taught MBA and executive education classes in design thinking, innovation, big data,
and strategy implementation. Before joining the HBS faculty he held appointments at both
Carnegie Mellon University and Stanford University, where he received the George Leland Bach
Award for Excellence in the Classroom and the Distinguished Teaching Award, respectively.
Datar serves on the Board of Directors of ICF International, Stryker Corporation, and T-Mobile
US, and has worked with many corporations on consulting and field-based projects. He was
honored by the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) as the Public Company
Director for 2020. He is a member of the American Accounting Association and the Institute of
Management Accountants. He has served on the editorial board of several journals and
presented his research to academic and executive audiences in North America, South America,
Asia, Africa, and Europe.
He was awarded the Padma Shri Award from the Government of India and the American Accounting
Association Outstanding Educator Award in 2021.