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Now more than ever, government policy and private sector activity are at critical points both domestically and abroad. The shock of the financial crisis, the shifts in the distribution of global economic power, and the changes being brought about by information technology combine to make this an unusually important moment to reexamine traditional assumptions about economic policy and the relationship between the public and private sectors. The Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business & Government (M-RCBG) is uniquely positioned to play a critical role in this process as an incubator of ideas informing policy-based solutions and as a focal point of engagement for our faculty and our students, many of whom will play important roles in addressing the problems which confront us today.
This year, in 2012, we are celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Center’s founding. In 1982, Ronald Reagan was in the second year of his presidency, the first CD player was sold in Japan, and the Dow Jones reached a high of 1,072. Closer to home at Harvard, Win Knowlton became the first director of the Center for Business and Government. For the past 30 years, M-RCBG has worked to create public value through applied research, teaching and active engagement of the business and government sectors. We provide a neutral space in which key players from government, business and civil society can come together, understand each other’s perspectives, and seek consensus and insights with help from our faculty and researchers. Today our work touches on every aspect of the business-government intersection, and its focus is global as well as national.
This website describes M-RCBG’s programs, activities and its history. We hope you find it informative and that you refer to it often for the latest news and event information. We welcome your thoughts and feedback as we continue to conduct research and facilitate dialog at the intersection of business and government, and engage with our community in these important domains.
We would like to thank the many students, faculty, fellows, staff, donors and visitors who support and lead our activities and who make our work possible. We are grateful for your many efforts and contributions, and we look forward to your continued engagement as we seek new ways to add value to our changing world.
Lawrence H. Summers
Weil Director, Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business & Government, and Charles W. Eliot University Professor
John A. Haigh
Co-director, Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business & Government, and Executive Dean, Harvard Kennedy School