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Michael Beer


Mike’s 40-year career in academia and management consulting has been dedicated to understanding and improving the way businesses enhance performance and commitment. He has done extensive research in and consulted about organization effectiveness, corporate change and human resource management, and has written widely in these fields. Mike has worked closely with hundreds of top executives in a diverse range of industries, including manufacturing, financial services, information technology, pharmaceutical/medical technology, professional services and
consumer products.

Mike is the Cahners-Rabb Professor of Business Administration, Emeritus at the Harvard Business School and co-founder and Chairman of TruePoint. A prized researcher and management expert, Mike is a fellow of the Academy of Management, the National Academy of Human Resources and the Society of Industrial/Organizational Psychology. An accomplished speaker and teacher, he has spoken and taught at numerous corporate management meetings, programs and professional meetings. At Harvard Business School, Mike taught in the School’s senior executive programs and developed and led the development of several programs including Managing Organizational Effectiveness, Managing Change and Strategic Human Resource Management. In the MBA program, Mike led the development of a ground breaking first year course in Human Resource Management. Prior to joining the Harvard faculty, Mike was Director of Organizational Research & Development at Corning, Inc where his collaborations with executives led to several innovations in management practice.


Mike is an award winning author. Among his eleven books are:

Mike has also written many articles and book chapters including:

  • “How to Have an Honest Conversation about Your Business Strategy,” Harvard Business Review,  2004
  • “The Silent Killers of Strategy Implementation and Learning,” Sloan Management Review, 2000
  • "Why Change Programs Don’t Produce Change," Harvard Business Review, 1990

Honors and Awards

  • Herbert Heneman, Jr. Career Achievement Award,  Academy of Management,  2013
  • Michael J. Losey Research Award, Society of Human Resource Management, 2007
  • Distinguished Scholar Practitioner Award, Academy of Management, 2006
  • Distinguished Professional Contributions Award, Society for Industrial and Organization Psychology, 2006
  • Harry and Miriam Levinson Award for outstanding contributions to consulting psychology, American Psychological Foundation, 2006
  • Organization Development Institute Award (with Russ Eisenstat) for the invention, development and application of the Strategic Fitness Process, 1998


In his spare time, Mike enjoys spending time with his grandsons and golfing.


B.A., Queens College
M.S., North Carolina State University
Ph.D., Ohio State University