Harvard Business School (HBS) has announced the launch of its new amphitheater-style classroom, built and owned by the Taj Lands End Hotel. Unlike the temporary spaces in Hyderabad and Mumbai where the School previously offered programs, the new space replicates the classrooms on the School's Boston campus, giving participants and students a true Harvard Business School case method learning experience, for the first time in India. The launch of the classroom kicks off with a series of activities including research conferences and executive education programs. This is the latest milestone in the School's deepening engagement in India that over the last decade has produced a growing body of research on Indian companies and management practices.
"India is a key component of Harvard Business School's global strategy," said Dean Nitin Nohria in a press release issued by HBS on March 1. "Our aspiration is to expand our intellectual footprint by working with business, government and academic leaders from across the country, all the while contributing to important discussions about India's long-term economic growth."
The new classroom, with a seating capacity of up to 82 students, will offer state-of-the-art multi-media facilities that augment the educational experience of the students. The room, a first of its kind in India, is virtually indistinguishable from the MBA classrooms in Boston. Using the new classroom, Harvard Business School faculty will offer programs and symposia to leaders in business, government and academia on a wide range of subjects such as Corporate Social Responsibility, Building a Global Enterprise, and Case Writing and Course Development.
The Taj Lands End Hotel is a part of the Tata Group, currently headed by Mr. Ratan Tata, a graduate of Harvard Business School's Advanced Management Program. "I can think of no greater investment we can make in our collective future than education," said Mr. Tata.
India's rapid emergence as a leading economic power on the world stage has increased the demand for business education and insights. Harvard Business Review is widely read in India along with business books published by Harvard Business Publishing.
"So many things in India are evolving with bewildering speed, there is much to learn by bringing models from the outside to India, and equally much to learn from India's development trajectory," said Professor Tarun Khanna, faculty chair for HBS activities in India and Director of the Harvard South Asia Initiative. "Our engagement in this region is imperative. We are working to build an infrastructure that provides thought leadership, education and coaching to emerging managers, and that positions the University to contribute to and learn from further development."
Harvard Business School has historically strong ties to India through its faculty, students, and alumni. Over the last decade, HBS professors began traveling to India for research and teaching with increasing frequency. In 2006 the School opened its India Research Center in Mumbai. In 2008 Harvard Business Publishing established a wholly owned subsidiary in India and the School began offering executive education courses in Hyderabad and Mumbai.