Nitin is the dean as well as the Richard P. Chapman Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School. Previously he co-chaired the Leadership Initiative and has served as Senior Associate Dean of Faculty Development and Head of the Organizational Behavior unit. His research centers on human motivation, leadership, corporate transformation and sustainable performance.
Nitin illuminates and enlightens audiences worldwide with his wide-ranging presentations on business and organizational change, evolutionary psychology, and business leadership and ambition.
A prolific thought leader, Nitin has co-authored many bestselling books. His latest accomplishment, the Handbook of Leadership Theory and Practice , brings together the most important scholars from fields as diverse as psychology, sociology, economics, and history to shape the academic discipline of leadership.
His highly acclaimed book, Paths to Power: How Insiders and Outsiders Shaped American Business Leadership, chronicles how leaders from different backgrounds rose to power in American business. The popular and provocative Paths to Power video allows audiences to generate a discussion of the value and importance of leadership in addressing some of society’s most pressing problems.
Other books of Nitin’s include:
Seven Surprises for New CEOs, coauthored with Michael E. Porter and Jay W. Lorsch, (HBR OnPoint Enhanced Edition, 2009).
Entrepreneurs, Managers, and Leaders: What the Airline Industry Can Teach Us About Leadership, coauthored with Anthony J. Mayo and Mark Rennella, Palgrave, 2009.
In Their Time: The Greatest Business Leaders of the Twentieth Century, coauthored with Anthony J. Mayo and Laura G. Singleton, 2005.
He is also the author of over 75 journal articles, book chapters, cases, working papers, and notes.
Nitin has served as an advisor and consultant to many organizations across the globe, large and small, and is interviewed frequently by such media as Business Week, Fortune, The Wall Street Journal as well as ABC, CNN, and NPR.
He received his Ph.D. in Management from the Sloan School of Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a B. Tech. in Chemical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay (which honored him as a Distinguished Alumnus in 2007).