Lynn Sharp Paine is John G. McLean Professor and Senior Associate Dean, Director of Faculty Development, at Harvard Business School. Former chair of the General Management unit and co-founder of the required course on Leadership and Corporate Accountability, she has taught courses on general management, cross-cultural management, and business ethics in a variety of MBA and executive programs. She currently co-chairs the School’s Senior Executive Program for China.
Lynn has written widely on the leadership and governance of companies that meld high ethical standards with outstanding financial results. Her most recent book is Capitalism at Risk: Rethinking the Role of Business (Harvard Business Review Press 2011) with HBS colleagues Joe Bower and Dutch Leonard. Lynn has developed more than 200 case studies and numerous articles including, most recently, “A Global Leader’s Guide to Managing Business Conduct” (2011 with Rohit Deshpand√© and Joshua Margolis), “Global Capitalism at Risk: What Are You Doing About It?” (2011 with Joe Bower and Dutch Leonard), and“The China Rules: A Practical Guide for CEOs Managing Multinational Corporations in the People’s Republic” (2010) all in the Harvard Business Review.
Advisor to companies and industry groups, she served on the Conference Board’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Public Trust and Private Enterprise after Enron’s collapse and the Conference Board’s Task Force on Executive Compensation following the financial crisis of 2008. She is currently a member of the Governing Board of the Center for Audit Quality, an adviser to the Hills Program on Governance at CSIS, and an adviser to the Conference Board’s Governance Center. She was a director of RiskMetrics Group until June 2010, when the company became part of MSCI Inc.
A summa cum laude graduate of Smith College, Lynn has a doctorate in moral philosophy from Oxford University and a law degree from Harvard Law School. She practiced law with the Boston firm of Hill & Barlow early in her career.Before joining the Harvard faculty in 1990, Lynn taught at the Georgetown University Business School and at the Darden School of Business as well as National Cheng Chi University in Taiwan, where she was a Luce Scholar in 1976-1977.
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