Harry M. Kraemer
Harry M. Kraemer

STRATEGY
Clinical Professor of Strategy

Print Overview

Harry M. Jansen Kraemer, Jr. is an executive partner with Madison Dearborn Partners, a private equity firm based in Chicago, Illinois and a Clinical Professor of Strategy at Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management. He was named the 2008 Kellogg School Professor of the Year. Harry is the author of two bestselling leadership books: "From Values to Action: The Four Principles of Values-Based Leadership" and "Becoming The Best: Build a World-Class Organization Through Values-Based Leadership".

He is the former chairman and chief executive officer of Baxter International Inc., a $12 billion global healthcare company. He became Baxter's chief executive officer in January 1999, and assumed the additional responsibility of chairman of Baxter's board of directors in January 2000.

Mr. Kraemer joined Baxter in 1982 as director of corporate development. His twenty three year career at Baxter included senior positions in both domestic and international operations. In 1993, he was named senior vice president and chief financial officer, responsible for financial operations, business development, global communications, and European operations. Over the next several years, he assumed additional responsibility for Baxter's Renal and Medication Delivery businesses. He was elected to Baxter's board of directors in 1995, and was named president of Baxter International Inc. in 1997.

Before joining Baxter, Mr. Kraemer worked for Bank of America in corporate banking and for Northwest Industries in planning and business development.

Mr. Kraemer is active in business, education and civic affairs. He serves on the board of directors of Leidos Corporation, Sirona Dental Systems , VWR International, Sage Products Inc., and Catamaran Corporation and on the board of trustees of Northwestern University, The Conference Board, NorthShore University Healthsystem and the Archdiocese of Chicago Finance Committee and School Board.

He is a member of the Dean's Global Advisory Board of Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management. He is a member of the Commercial Club of Chicago, the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, and the Economics Club of Chicago. He is a past member of the Business Roundtable, the Business Council, and the Healthcare Leadership Council.

Mr. Kraemer graduated summa cum laude from Lawrence University of Wisconsin in 1977 with a bachelor's degree in mathematics and economics. He received an MBA degree in finance and accounting from Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management in 1979 and is a certified public accountant. For his outstanding leadership and service, he received the 1996 Schaffner Award from the Kellogg School of Management. Harry enjoys jogging, tennis, skiing and reading, especially world civilization. Harry, his wife Julie, and their five children live in Wilmette, Illinois. More info on Harry at www.harrykraemer.org .



Print Vita
Education
MBA, 1979, Accounting, Finance, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University
BA, 1977, Economics, Mathematics, Lawrence University, Summa Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa

Honors and Awards
L.G. Lavengood Outstanding Professor of the Year Award, Kellogg School of Management, 2008

Print Research
Books
Kraemer, Harry M.. 2012. From Values To Action: The Four Principles of Values Based Leadership. Wiley Jossey Bass.

 
Print Teaching
Teaching Interests
Values-based leadership/managerial leadership, management strategy
Full-Time / Evening & Weekend MBA
Managerial Leadership (KACI-468-0)
This course was formerly known as MORS 468 Managerial Leadership (Prof. Kraemer) This course is designed to help students understand the character and challenges of leadership as it exists and can exist in various organizational settings. It is intended to provide insights into the demands of leadership and explore how leadership skills can be developed and applied most effectively. Interaction with guest lecturers provides an opportunity to observe and dissect various approaches to leadership. The objective of the course is to help students prepare for, and make them more sensitive to, continuing opportunities for improving their own managerial and leadership capabilities.

Executive MBA
Capstone Course (STRTX-470-0)


Executive Perspectives on Leadership (STRTX-920-0)


Executive Education
Advanced Management Program

For high-potential executives with enterprise-level responsibilities, this condensed, immersive experience — enhanced throughout with executive coaching — focuses on developing senior executive leadership agility, driving innovation, identifying growth opportunities and equipping your organization for the challenges and opportunities of the 21st-century.


View Program

Advanced Management Program: The Global Experience

Designed for the the high-potential executive, Kellogg’s Advanced Management Program: The Global Experience provides an immersive journey into leadership agility, driving innovation and identifying growth opportunities. This modular format provides a weeklong, unparalleled intensive week in a global market.


View Program

Chief Diversity Officer Summit

Discuss the latest academic research, practitioner insights and best practices in the area of diversity and inclusion with a select group of cross-sector peers.


View Program

Chief Marketing Officer Program

Master the insights needed to navigate significant challenges faced by CMOs today, by engaging in meaningful discussions with Kellogg's top faculty and industry executives. This program is specifically designed to increase the odds of success for enterprise marketing leaders.


View Program

Corporate Governance: Effectiveness and Accountability in the Boardroom

Effective board members bring to the table skills and capabilities that differ distinctly from those of management and other corporate leaders. This corporate governance program paves the way to mastering the skills required to govern successfully.


View Program

Growth and Innovation Week

This sequential combination of two programs — Driving Organic Growth through Innovation and Creating and Leading a Culture of Innovation — provides the framework, knowledge and tools for igniting and sustaining innovation-driven growth. When taken together, these programs are offered at a discounted fee.


View Program

Kellogg Corporate Governance Conference

Exclusive, by-invitation-only annual conference that brings together more than 200 corporate directors and CEOs to discuss critical issues in corporate governance.


View Program

Leading Family Enterprises

For both established and aspiring leaders of a family-owned business, this program focuses on how to lead the family and the enterprise, manage the strategic and personal pressures inherent in such complex entities and strike an optimal balance between family and work obligations.


View Program

Merger Week

Our M&A experts will show you how to evaluate mergers and acquisitions from all angles — from strategy and marketing to financing and alliances — and then use an M&A process that generates the greatest value from any restructuring deal.


View Program

The PHYSICIAN CEO™ Program

View Program