Lynn S. Paine

John G. McLean Professor of Business Administration
Senior Associate Dean for Faculty Development

Lynn Sharp Paine is John G. McLean Professor and Senior Associate Dean at Harvard Business School. A member and former chair of the General Management unit, she currently teaches in the Senior Executive Program for China and the executive program on Leading Global Business.  Ms. Paine co-founded the School’s required course on Leadership and Corporate Accountability, which she has taught in both the MBA program and the Advanced Management Program.  She has also taught the required General Management course for MBAs and developed various other courses for MBAs and executives, including Managing for Organizational Integrity and Managing Across Cultures.

Ms. Paine's research focuses 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. Her publications include more than 200 articles, chapters, and case studies.  Among the most recent articles are, “Sustainability in the Boardroom,” “The China Rules,” and “A Global Leader’s Guide to Managing Business Conduct” (the latter with HBS colleagues Rohit Deshpandé and Joshua Margolis)—all published in the Harvard Business Review

Ms. Paine is a director of Atos SE, an international information technology services company listed on the NYSE Euronext Paris. She is also a member of the Governing Board of the Center for Audit Quality based in Washington, D.C., and the academic council of the Hills Program on Governance at CSIS (Center for Strategic and International Studies). She has served on various advisory boards and panels including the Conference Board’s Blue‐Ribbon Commission on Public Trust and Private Enterprise after Enron’s collapse in 2002 and the Conference Board's Task Force on Executive Compensation in 2009.  She was a director of RiskMetrics Group from 2008 until it became part of MSCI in June 2010. Over the course of her career, she has served as a consultant to numerous firms, companies, and industry groups.

summa cum laude graduate of Smith College, Ms. Paine holds a doctorate in moral philosophy from Oxford University and a law degree from the Harvard Law School. She practiced law with the Boston firm of Hill & Barlow early in her career.  Prior to joining the Harvard faculty, Ms. Paine taught at Georgetown University Business School and the University of Virginia's Darden School of Business as well as National Cheng Chi University in Taiwan, where she was a Luce Scholar. She is a permanent member of the Henry Luce Foundation's Luce Scholar Selection Panel.  She and her husband, Tom Paine, have three adult children and live in Wellesley, Massachusetts.

  1. Received the 2013 Robert F. Greenhill Award.

  2. Won the 2011 Faculty Pioneer Lifetime Achievement Award from The Aspen Institute Center for Business Education.