The University of Oxford Saïd Business School announced the appointment of Professor Soumitra Dutta as its new incoming Dean today. He will take up his new post as Dean of Oxford Saïd on June 1st.
Professor Dutta was appointed as Chair of the GBSN Board of Directors on April 10, 2018. Dutta will continue to serve out his second term as Chair of the GBSN Board. Professor Dutta’s involvement with GBSN dates back ten years. Under his leadership as Dean, the Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University first joined the network as a member in November 2012.
Dutta served as the founding dean of the Cornell SC Johnson College of Business from July 2016 till January 2018. Currently he is a Professor of Management. Previously, he was the Anne and Elmer Lindseth Dean of the Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management. Prior to coming to Cornell, he was on the faculty of INSEAD, a leading international business school in France and Singapore. He is also the President and Co-Founder of the Portulans Institute.
As an authority on technology and innovation policy, Dutta is the co-editor and author of the Global Information Technology Report, published by the World Economic Forum and the Global Innovation Index, published by the World Intellectual Property Organization – two influential reports in technology and innovation policy.
Professor Dutta is also a widely published author, with research that includes over 150 published articles and over 60 case studies. His research has also been cited widely in the global media. Dutta serves on the board of Sodexo (a food services and facilities management multinational), Dassault Systems (a leading 3D software firm) and advisory boards of several business schools, including ESADE (Barcelona, Spain), ESCP (Paris, France), Porto Business School (Porto, Portugal) and HEC Montreal (Canada). He also served as Chairman of AACSB International’s Board of Directors, the leading global body for the accreditation of business schools, from July 2017 to January 2018.
GBSN’s core mission has always been to activate and nurture the network of business schools and corporate partners with whom it works. The aim is to strengthen the business education ecosystems in emerging markets, and through them to support economic transformation in their countries.
“Soumitra Dutta brings a wealth of global leadership in business education and industry to Oxford Saïd,” said Dan LeClair CEO of GBSN. “Under his leadership as Dean, Oxford Saïd will continue to break boundaries and advance to higher levels of innovation and impact.”
Professor Dutta is a member of the Davos Circle, an association of long-time participants in the Annual Davos meeting of the World Economic Forum, and has engaged in a number of multi-stakeholder initiatives to shape global, regional and industry agendas. Professor Dutta received a B. Tech. in electrical engineering and computer science from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), New Delhi, a MS in both business administration and computer science, and a PhD in computer science from the University of California at Berkeley. In 2017, he received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from his alma mater IIT Delhi.
Professor Dutta succeeds Professor Peter Tufano, who stepped down in June 2021 after serving as Dean for 10 years. His appointment concludes the global search to find the next Dean to lead Oxford Saïd, a world leading business school within one of the world’s greatest universities.
Under the leadership of Soumitra Dutta, the Board of Directors and CEO Dan LeClair, GBSN will continue to lead the advancement of innovative programs that will bridge connections with business schools and industry around the world to catalyze investment in business education as a tool for economic and social development.