Harvard Business Publishing (HBP) and the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore (IIMB) signed a Distribution Agreement, the first of its kind between Harvard Business Publishing, a wholly owned subsidiary of Harvard University, and a B-School in India. As a consequence, Harvard Business Publishing will distribute a collection of teaching cases developed by the faculty of IIM Bangalore for an initial period of three years. IIMB joins a select group of business schools such as the Stanford Graduate School of Business, Kellogg Graduate School of Management, and the Darden School of Business that also distribute their cases through HBP.
On the occasion of the signing of the distribution agreement, Professor Pankaj Chandra, Director, IIMB said, "The partnership with Harvard Business Publishing is a significant milestone in the Institute's journey to achieve its long-term vision of establishing itself as a global centre of management research and education. The occasion marks the recognition of the relevant and in-depth research being carried out by faculty at IIMB. We have consciously invested in research-based publication, and this agreement will add impetus to our efforts in this area."
Vinay Hebbar, Managing Director of Harvard Business Publishing in India said, "We are pleased to offer cases from a leading Indian b-school, like IIM-Bangalore, to our community of educators globally. This is consistent with Harvard Business Publishing's endeavour to source quality content, ideas, and research from India and bring it to our audiences in India and worldwide."
Maureen Betses, Vice-President of Higher Education for HBP in Boston, said, "For quite some time we have hoped to distribute a collection of cases from a renowned Indian business school. The IIMB cases are a great addition to our catalog and will be popular with educators who come to us for high-quality course materials."
HBP will immediately start by distributing 12 cases and their associated Teaching Notes, which have been developed by the IIMB faculty. IIMB plans to add 24 new cases to the IIMB case collection every year.
Professor U Dinesh Kumar, Chairperson, Research and Publications, IIMB said, "IIMB has worked closely with Harvard Business Publishing for over a year now, and our cases meet the exacting standards set by them. HBP and IIMB will continue to work together to further improve the quality and style of the cases that we are developing. IIMB will be happy to share its experience and knowledge with the Indian academic fraternity and to contribute to the development of India-based cases and teaching aids."