It is a great feeling to hear about more and more Indian Academicians are taking charge as Deans of leading B-Schools in USA, the latest being Dr Sunil Kumar named the Dean of Chicago Business School in July 2010.
In India, the concept or title of Dean and Director are used typically IIMs, and schools like TAPMI, there could be more than one Dean - say for Academics, Administration, Planning & Development, etc., - all reporting to the Director who is the head of the Institution. But, look at the above links regarding the set up in Indian School of Business, Hyderabad which is at the top 12 level in the World's B-Schools. The Dean heads the Institute and there are a chain of Deputy Deans, Associate Deans, Asst Deans and Directors for several responsibility areas. Similar was the set up in Alliance Business School where I worked for three years as a Professor cum Registrar. It was then headed by Hon. Dean supported by Senior Associate Dean, Associate Deans and Assistant Deans. Director was operating from a remote area. No doubt, all these titles and designations, if not spelt out in a well defined Organisational chart, lead to confusion among faculty, staff and students too.