Soumitra Dutta to head Cornell University B-School, ensure closer links between Cornell, Indian researchers

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IIT Delhi alumnus Soumitra Dutta who will assume charge as Dean of the Ivy league Cornell University’s Johnson Business School plans to build stronger links with researchers and thinkers in India.

Dutta is the first Indian- origin head in the institution’s 66-year old history.

“I would see that we form stronger links with top researchers and some of the leading thinkers in India and try to understand where India is leading and see how we can integrate that into the global knowledge space. With increased focus being given to “inclusive innovation” in India, it is important to see how this Indian phenomenon fits in the global thinking,” said Dutta.

“Integration and assimilation of knowledge is a two way process – that is something that is only possible if we build close links with Indian universities and also have professionals from Cornell spending more time in the field in India,” Dutta added.

Presently, Dutta is the professor of business and technology and founder and faculty director of a new-media and technology innovation lab at leading global business school INSEAD’s French campus.

He did his Master’s in business administration, computer science and a PhD in computer science from the University of California-Berkeley and has been at INSEAD for the past two decades.

The 48-year old professor said that his Indian education and upbringing has taught him to handle diversity, an attribute that will help him at Cornell.

[Source: Economic Times]