Dean Nitin Nohria


As dean, Nitin Nohria established five strategic priorities to guide the School: innovation, intellectual ambition, internationalization, inclusion, and integration with the University.

Highlights from his time as dean include: curricular innovation in the MBA FIELD course and the introduction of online courses; expansion of the School’s intellectual agenda through research projects, new initiatives, and Global Research Centers; creating a more inclusive community with the establishment of the Race, Gender & Equity Initiative, a plan for racial equity, with a goal for greater racial and gender case representation; and integration with the University through the establishment of the Harvard Innovation Lab, the Pagliuca Life Lab, and two joint MS/MBA degrees.

Full Biography

Nitin Nohria, Dean, 2010-2020


From 2010 through the pandemic year of 2020, Dean Nohria led the School through periods of innovation and challenges.

December 2020

Steps Down as Dean of Harvard Business School

After agreeing to stay on through the end of 2020 due to the COVID-19 global pandemic, Dean Nohria was succeeded as Dean by the School’s eleventh dean, Srikant M. Datar, on January 1, 2021.

September 2020

Plan for Racial Equity Announced

Dean Nohria’s Anti-Racism Task Force of faculty, staff, students, and alumni resolved to take action to promote racial equity on campus and in the world.

June 2019

Dialogue Conference audience in Klarman Hall


The DIALOGUE conference convened leaders from around the world to discuss how collectively they could shift perspectives from “us and them” to “we,” to present realities about “what is,” and to spur ideas and actions to bring about “what could be.”


Schwartz Pavilion

Schwartz Common & Pavilion Opens

Made possible by a gift from The Gerald Schwartz (MBA 1970) & Heather Reisman Foundation, this outdoor hub of community life serves as the location for events, socialization, recreation, and reflection.

January 2019

HBX Rebranded to HBS Online

The School rebranded its online offerings to Harvard Business School Online to raise awareness and extend its reach.


MS/MBA Offered

The School introduced two new joint degrees: MS/MBAs in Biotechnology: Life Sciences (In conjunction with HMS, GSAS, and FAS) and in Engineering Sciences (in conjunction with SEAS).

October 2018

Klarman Hall interior looking up

Klarman Hall Opened

Made possible by a gift from Seth (MBA 1982) and Beth Klarman, this dynamic convening space provides a venue for the exchange of ideas among students, faculty, staff, alumni, and leaders of organizations from across the globe.


African American business leaders speak on stage at AASU50


The 50th anniversary of the founding of the African-American Student Union was used as a year-long opportunity for reflection and to conduct new research, convene thought leaders, and undertake initiatives to advance African American business leaders.

November 2017

Harvard Life Lab exterior

Pagliuca Harvard Life Lab

The Pagliuca Harvard Life Lab is a shared laboratory space for high-potential life sciences and biotech startups founded by Harvard faculty, alumni, students, and postdoctoral scholars. The two-story, 15,000-square-foot facility on Harvard’s Allston campus is a fully-equipped and permitted laboratory and office space for early-stage companies and is adjacent to the Harvard i-lab and Launch Lab.

October 2017

Harvard Business Analytics Program

A joint offering of Harvard Business School, the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), and the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS), this online certificate program is designed for experienced professionals who wish to expand their knowledge and capabilities in data and analytics.


Africa Research Center Opened

The School opened the Africa Research Center in Johannesburg, South Africa to help develop and strengthen relationships with business and academic leaders across sub-Saharan Africa.

June 2016

Chao Center exterior

Chao Center Inaugurated

The Ruth Mulan Chu Chao Center was designed to serve as the gateway and gathering hub for the more than 10,000 executives who attend Executive Education courses on campus each year.

November 2015

Kraft Precision Medicine Accelerator

The Robert and Myra Kraft Family Foundation pledged $20 million to advance the use of the human genome in developing individualized treatment of serious diseases. The resulting Kraft Precision Medicine Accelerator convened more than 300 thinkers and front-line doers and disruptors to develop business strategies to take full advantage of future opportunities.

November 2015

Woman raising hand in MBA classroom at Peek weekend

PEEK Weekend

Focusing on candidates with STEM majors or from women’s colleges, Peek Weekend was designed to give current college sophomores, juniors, and seniors insight into the MBA program.

August 2015

HBX Live Classroom

HBX Live Classroom

Renamed Harvard Business School Live Online Classrooms in 2019, the HBX Live Classroom was created as a way to use the case method with participants in different locations. The faculty teach from the physical classroom while participants connect online from anywhere in the world, engaging in real-time.

May 2015

Race, Gender & Equity Initiative

The Race, Gender & Equity Initiative was launched to support research and teaching intended to transform practice, enable leaders to drive change, and eradicate gender, race, and other forms of inequality in business and society.

April 2014

Dean Nitin Nohria speaking

Capital Campaign

The School publicly launched a campaign to raise $1 billion over five years as part of Harvard University’s $6.5 billion campaign, reaching that goal in 2018.

March 2014

HBX, The School’s First Online Offering Launched

HBX, renamed HBS Online in 2019, introduced an innovative platform to support the delivery of distinctive online business-focused offerings, including HBX CORe, a primer on the fundamentals of business.

December 2013

Tata Hall and the Charles river

Tata Hall Dedicated

Named in honor of Ratan N. Tata (AMP 71, 1975), Tata Hall was designed to enhance and expand the School’s Executive Education portfolio with residential space, classrooms, and common areas for participants.


Middle East & North Africa Research Center

The MENA Research Center was opened in Istanbul to help the School develop and strengthen relationships with business and academic leaders in the Middle East, Turkey, North Africa, and Central Asia in support of faculty research and student programming.


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50 Years of Women in the MBA Program

In honor of 50 years of women in its two-year MBA Program, the School undertook a comprehensive survey of alumnae about their career and life choices, a case on the history of women at the School, a research symposium, and an alumni summit to delve deeply and broadly into the issues women face in business.

December 2011

Michael E. Porter and Jan W. Rivkin on a podium behind lecterns with U.S Competitiveness Project logo including a USA map and Harvard Business School name

US Competitiveness Project

A research-led effort launched to generate ideas and actions that boost the ability of companies in the U.S. to compete in the global economy and raise American living standards.

November 2011

Batten Hall exterior

Harvard Innovation Lab Launched in Batten Hall

The Innovation Lab, or i-lab, was opened to foster team-based interactions among students from across Harvard University interested in exploring entrepreneurship and innovation. Batten Hall, named in honor of media pioneer Frank Batten (MBA 1952), also introduced classrooms developed for small-group exercises and team-based learning, particularly to support MBA field method courses.

September 2011

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FIELD Course Introduced

The Field Immersion Experiences for Leadership Development (FIELD) year-long field course gave first-year MBA students meaningful opportunities to act like leaders, translating their ideas into practice.

May 2010

Named Dean of Harvard Business School

Named the tenth dean in May, Nohria assumed the new role on July 1.