Advances in Learning

Bharat Anand

Bharat N. Anand

Vice Provost for Advances in Learning
Henry R. Byers Professor of Business Administration

Bharat N. Anand is the Vice Provost for Advances in Learning at Harvard University and the Henry R. Byers Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School. As Vice Provost, Professor Anand leads Harvard University's strategic efforts around teaching and learning, and in leveraging technology to create more effective teaching tools, strategies, and resources for residential and online teaching. He was part of the leadership team that helped the University transition to remote teaching in 2020, and he currently chairs Harvard's Future of Teaching and Learning Task Force.

Professor Anand is an expert in digital strategy, digital marketing, and corporate strategy. His work has examined competition in content industries, focusing on two central challenges that firms increasingly face: getting noticed and getting paid. He created Harvard Business School’s first executive program on digital strategies for media companies. He has written over fifty articles and case studies, and his scholarly work has received various awards. His work on digital transformation has influenced startups and established companies worldwide. His recent book, The Content Trap: A Strategist's Guide to Digital Change, has received acclaim for its perspective on strategy and digital transformation. It was named as one of Fast Company’s top ten business books of 2016, and Bloomberg’s “Best Books of 2017.”

Professor Anand is a renowned teacher and educational innovator, and a two‐time winner of the Faculty Award for Teaching Excellence at Harvard Business School. In 2014, he helped create the digital learning platforms for Harvard Business School Online (HBSO), created one of its first online courses, and served as HBSO’s first faculty chair and Senior Associate Dean. HBSO’s virtual classroom HBX Live has been described by Fortune as the “Classroom of the Future.” He has served as faculty head of the required Strategy course in the MBA program at Harvard Business School, and as faculty co-founder of various programs and initiatives at HBS and Harvard, including HBS’ first executive program on digital strategies for media companies, HBS’ interdisciplinary research initiative on digital issues, and the HBS-IQSS Future of Media initiative.

Professor Anand received his B.A. in economics from Harvard College magna cum laude, and his PhD in economics from Princeton University. He is a recipient of the Greenhill Award for outstanding contributions to Harvard Business School. Professor Anand lives in Wellesley, MA with his wife, Anju, and their daughter, Rhea.

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