Ashish Nanda, a professor at Harvard Law School, jumped on a plane to India just three days after learning he had snagged the role of director at his alma mater, the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (IIMA). “I wanted to meet the people here to get a sense of the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead,” he says, from India.
Unlike most new deans at top American business schools, Nanda, 53, says he doesn’t have a laundry list of goals he’d like to accomplish. Instead, he’s coming into this job with humility and a general sense of where he’d like the school to go.
Nanda officially takes over at IIMA on Sept. 2.
Recently, he discussed his new job with Bloomberg Businessweek’s Francesca Di Meglio. Here are edited excerpts of their conversation:
How did you feel when you found out you got the job?
I had been a student at IIMA 30 years ago. I credit the school with helping me become who I am today. It feels like my life has come full circle.
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