Kevin W. Sharer - Faculty & Research - Harvard Business School
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Kevin W. Sharer

MBA Class of 1953 Senior Lecturer of Business Administration

Kevin joined the HBS Strategy Unit in 2012 and is teaching two sessions of Corporate Strategy this fall.  Before HBS, he was CEO of Amgen for twelve years and before that Amgen's President for eight.  Amgen is the world's largest biotechnology company and is based in California.  He has served on the boards of directors of Chevron, Northrop Grumman, and 3M, and is on the Naval Academy Foundation and was for a decade Chairman of the board of the Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History. Before Amgen, Kevin was Executive Vice President of business markets at MCI, General Manager of several GE business units and on the chairman's staff, worked at McKinsey, and was on two nuclear fast attack submarines including a tour as chief engineer of a new construction Los Angeles class ship.  Kevin is a Naval Academy graduate and has master's degrees in aeronautical engineering and business.  In the past, he has taught RC Strategy and General Management: Processes and Action. He is married and lives in Boston.

Journal Articles
  1. Blame Me

    Kevin Sharer

    The author looks at the psychological side of management, discussing his realization that thinking about and acknowledging his own contributions to organizational underperformance or other work problems is critical to getting employees to improve and generating positive business results. He notes his approach reduced his employees' defensiveness and says it is valuable in personal as well as work relationships.

    Keywords: Management Style; Perspective; Relationships; Performance;


    Sharer, Kevin. "Blame Me." Harvard Business Review 92, nos. 1-2 (January–February 2014): 36.  View Details
  2. How Should Your Leaders Behave?

    Kevin Sharer

    The article discusses the value of effective leadership and an examination of the ways in which a corporate leader should behave as of October 2013, focusing on role models in business and the behavioral traits of chief executive officers (CEOs). Diversity in business is mentioned, along with self-awareness, the acceptance of feedback, and style differences among corporate leaders.

    Keywords: Leadership Style;


    Sharer, Kevin. "How Should Your Leaders Behave?" Harvard Business Review 91, no. 10 (October 2013): 40.  View Details
Cases and Teaching Materials