Mike Beer is the Cahners-Rabb Professor of Business Administration, Emeritus at the Harvard Business School. Mike is co-founder of TruePoint Partners a management consultancy that works with senior managers to align their organization for performance and commitment. He is also co-founder and chairman of the not-for-profit Center for Higher Ambition Leadership dedicated to helping purpose-driven CEOs learn from each other.
Professor Beer has written widely about organization effectiveness and change as well as human resource management and has had extensive consulting and teaching experience in those fields. He has taught in Harvard Business School’s MBA program and several of its senior executive programs including Managing Organizational Effectiveness and Change which he developed and chaired, and the Advanced Management Program, the School’s pinnacle program for senior executives. Professor Beer also led the development of HBS’ groundbreaking human resource management course, the first in the world to frame human resource as a strategic responsibility of leaders, and the senior author of the foundational human resource book, Managing Human Assets, the first book to frame human resources as a Strategic Asset.
Mike is the author or co-author of twelve books, numerous book chapters, and articles in academic and business journals. Among his books are High Commitment, High Performance: How to Build a Resilient Organization for Sustained Advantage provides a roadmap for leaders who aspire to build a high commitment, high-performance organization. The Critical Path to Corporate Renewal, co-authored with Russ Eisenstat and Bert Spector, won the Johnson, Smith & Knisely Award for the best book on executive leadership in 1990 and was a finalist for The Academy of Management’s Terry Book Award in 1992. His most recent book (2020) is Fit to Compete: Why Honest Conversations About Your Company’s Capabilities are the Key to a Winning Strategy.
Mike has consulted to senior management in several industries--manufacturing, services (hospitality, professional and financial), consumer packaging, high tech., pharmaceutical and medical technology, and is the recipient of numerous professional honors and awards.