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According to a recent article by John Lauerman in Bloomberg Businessweek, Harvard University has named Nitin Nohria to be its new Dean of its business school.  Nohira himself is currently a professor of management at Harvard and was chosen by the university’s President Drew Faust to help transform the school by placing a focus on business ethics, emphasizing responsibility as well as the positive role companies can have within a society.

Nohira earned a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology in Bombay and received his Ph.D. in management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1988.  Part of his appeal is his global perspective and experience, which he will certainly bring to the table as the school’s new Dean.

At a time where business schools are emphasizing a stricter ethics curriculum, Nohira was one of the first to recommend students take a professional oath of conduct in 1996 when he was teaching at the London Business School. 

John Lauerman quotes Nohira as stating: “Throughout history, there has been this notion of the honorable business person.  Business people have taken pride that they can do business on a handshake.  I don’t know where we lost that, and I don’t see why it isn’t recoverable.  I still think business can be done with honor.” 

In terms of the changes on the school’s curriculum, Nohira is looking to experiment with immersion programs and small learning teams, in addition to adding more instruction initiatives. 

Yale University has also chosen a new dean for its School of Management.  According to an article from the Wall Street Journal, Edward Snyder will be coming on as Dean of the school next July. 

Snyder was the former Dean at two notable schools – University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business and the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business.  He is known for his fundraising capabilities, with soliciting $60 million from a single donor at Virginia and an astounding $300 million for the Booth School from financier David Booth.

At Yale, his challenges will be trying to attract higher caliber recruiters, in addition to raising money for an ambitious $150-million building project. Synder will also focus on catering to the nonprofit sector, as well as soft skills. 

In regards to raising money, The Wall Street Journal quotes Synder with: “There are not many alumni with deep pockets; I’d say there are very few.  But, on the other hand, a lot of Yale alums outside of the business school are very successful. “

Posted on July 7, 2010 by Manhattan Review

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