Lynn Sharp Paine

Lynn Sharp Paine

John G. McLean Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School

Lynn Sharp Paine is a Baker Foundation Professor, John G. McLean Professor Emerita and Senior Associate Dean for International Development at Harvard Business School. A member and former chair of the General Management unit, she previously served as Senior Associate Dean for Faculty Development and chair of the School’s required course on Leadership and Corporate Accountability, which she co-founded. 

Her current teaching assignments include Corporate Governance and Boards of Directors in the MBA program, as well as various executive programs including Making Corporate Boards More EffectiveWomen on BoardsPreparing to Be a Corporate Director, and Leading Global Businesses

Ms. Paine's research focuses on the leadership and governance of companies that meld high ethical standards with outstanding financial results. Her latest book is Capitalism at Risk: How Business Can Lead (HBR Press, summer 2020) with HBS colleagues Joe Bower and Dutch Leonard. This new edition updates and expands their earlier Capitalism at Risk: Rethinking the Role of Business (HBR Press, 2011).

Her recent articles include "Covid-19 Is Rewriting the Rules of Corporate Governance," "A Guide to the Big Ideas and Debates in Corporate Governance," "CEOs Say Their Aim Is Inclusive Prosperity. Do They Mean It?," “The Error at the Heart of Corporate Leadership,” and “Sustainability in the Boardroom" — all published in the Harvard Business Review.

She has written more than 200 cases, course notes, and articles, as well as the text and casebook Leadership, Ethics, and Organizational Integrity: A Strategic Perspective. Library Journal named her book Value Shift: Why Companies Must Merge Social and Financial Imperatives to Achieve Superior Performance (McGraw Hill, 2003) one of that year’s best business books.

Professor Paine was a Faculty Fellow in Ethics in 1990-91, and became a Faculty Associate of the Center at the end of that year.

Current Role

Faculty Fellow