Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad records
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Harvard Business School (HBS) had interest in India beginning with former HBS Dean Donald K. David’s surveys of India in the 1950s in his role as vice chairman of the board of the Ford Foundation. HBS Professor Richard S. Meriam studied the need for business education in 1957 and Andrew R. Towl spent 18 months as an advisor to the Administrative Staff College at Hyderabad, during which time he supervised the writing of 50 case studies written by 13 Indian authors adapted to the needs of Indian mangers. With this background in the country, IIMA approached HBS in 1962 to provide advisors for establishing their business education programs. Professor Harry L. Hansen served as principle negotiator for the collaboration between HBS and IIMA and stayed on as the HBS Project Director for five years. Other faculty who spent time teaching in India included W. Warren Hayes, John J. Reynolds, Neil H. Borden, Franklin E. Folts, Wilbur B. England, and Martin V. Marshall while Michael C. Halse, Melvyn Copen, and Allan R. Cohen provided assistance with case research for IIMA.
The Ad-hoc Committee of the Harvard Business School on the Indian Project noted in their report that “The underlying premise is that it is not the School’s responsibility to develop an institute and turn it over to the Indians, but that there is a mutual creating, developing, and building of the Institute.” In this spirit of cooperation, HBS sent faculty and research associates to IIMA while receiving numerous Indian faculty at HBS for training. IIMA adopted the case method of instruction and created four educational programs: Post-Graduate Programme in Management (similar to a MBA program), the Management Development Programme for executives, a Doctoral Programme, and special programs for university teachers. Vikram Sarabhai served part-time as honorary director of the institute until 1965 when Sarabhai invited faculty member Ravi Matthai to be the first full-time director. Courses began with the 1964-1965 school year. The formal collaboration between HBS and IIMA ended in 1969, although faculty exchange programs and administrative correspondence continued for some years afterward. IIMA continues to be a highly-regarded business school in India and consistently top-ranked in the Asia-Pacific region.
By: Liam Sullivan
- Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad Records, 1958-1971: A Finding Aid
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