Business Today Master Class with Professor Srikant Datar, Dean of Harvard Business School


The Covid-19 pandemic has changed our outlook on the present and the future. Yesterday’s established and successful practices and tomorrow’s requirements are no longer aligned. In today’s challenging times, the most important question that lingers in the mind of today’s business leader is: What will it take to be relevant, for customers, employees, community and investors, in this new era of uncertainty?

Today, business leaders around the world are under tremendous pressure to build trust and deliver lasting results to multiple stakeholders whose interests may not always be aligned.

In this context, on July 12, 2022the BT Master Class brings you a world renowned management guru, Teacher. Srikant Datar, Dean of Harvard Business School, to give you a better understanding of new trends in managing and navigating uncertainty in the post-pandemic era. As a board member of some of the world’s largest companies, Professor Datar will draw on his vast experience to guide Indian leaders on global business trends.

The masterclass will focus on how business leaders can guide their leadership teams, employees, boards, and a wide range of external stakeholders through this time of uncertainty, and develop a strategy. and a culture that drives innovation, resilience and sustainability in a business.

Main focus areas of the Master Class

  • What is the top concern of global business leaders? How to thrive in a post-pandemic reality?
  • Leadership pipeline for building and leading a high performing team in times of crisis
  • Maximizing value through innovation and sustainability

The interaction will take the form of a lecture by Professor Datar followed by a Q&A session with Business Today Executive Director Rahul Kanwal. The audience for the event will include some of India’s top business leaders and entrepreneurs.


The Business Today Masterclass is a powerful platform for the world’s leading experts from various fields to share their ideas on issues related to society, economy and governance. Discussions include sharp interactive sessions with industry leaders and aim to broaden their understanding of the implications of current economic and industry events around the world and help them refine their global strategies to achieve sustainable business success.


Srikant M. Datar became the eleventh Dean of Harvard Business School on January 1, 2021. During his tenure at the school, he served as Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs (including Faculty Chair of Harvard Innovation Lab), for research, for educational leadership, for faculty development, and for faculty recruitment.

A graduate with honors from the University of Bombay, Datar received gold medals after graduating from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad and the Institute of Cost and Works Accountants of India. A chartered accountant, he holds two master’s degrees and a doctorate. from Stanford University.

Datar’s course research and development has focused on the areas of cost management and management control, strategy implementation, governance and, more recently, management training, design thinking and innovative problem solving, as well as 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 sciences. He is co-author of the leading cost accounting textbook, Cost Accounting: A Managerial Emphasis (Prentice-Hall) and Rethinking the MBA: Business Education at a Crossroads (Harvard Business Press). He has authored over 30 cases on topics ranging from data science at Target to Nippon Steel.

Datar has taught MBA and executive education courses in design thinking, innovation, big data, and strategy implementation. Prior to joining the HBS faculty, he held positions at both Carnegie Mellon University and Stanford University, where he received the George Leland Bach Award for Classroom Excellence and the School of Excellence Award, respectively. distinguished education.

Datar sits on the board of ICF International, Novartis AG, Stryker Corporation, and T-Mobile US, and has worked with numerous companies on consulting and field projects. He was honored by the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) as a 2020 Public Company Director. He is a Fellow 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.

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