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Spring 2010
     
February 4, 2010
Noon, Bell Hall
Harvard Kennedy School
     

BUSINESS & GOVERNMENT SEMINAR SERIES
Corporate Governance and Accountability: The Six Essential Tasks

This presentation will discuss the six essential tasks which boards of directors and senior executives must discharge to create sustainable value for the contemporary corporation in a time of economic turmoil. These tasks must balance risk-taking with risk-management and must fuse high performance with high integrity. Only by discharging these tasks with focused energy can corporations regain trust, answer critics of company leadership and set the standards for corporate accountability, now that maximization of short-term shareholder value has been discredited as the proper measure for holding companies to account.

Ben Heineman
Senior Fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs
Distinguished Senior Fellow, Program on the Legal Profession at the Harvard Law School
Senior Advisor to the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

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February 5, 2010
12:00 - 1:30pm
Malkin Penthouse, Harvard Kennedy School

     

AN MRCBG BROWN BAG LUNCH MODERATED BY THE BUSINESS AND GOVERNMENT PROFESSIONAL INTEREST COUNCIL
Davos Debrief

The "Davos Debrief" brings together several Harvard faculty just back from the World Economic Forum's annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland. In an informal setting, Harvard faculty experts will share their unique perspectives on the global proceedings.

Words of Introduction by Professor Roger Porter
IBM Professor of Business and Government and Director of the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government

Harvard Faculty Davos Participants

Dean David Ellwood
Dean of Harvard Kennedy School and the Scott M. Black Professor of Political Economy

Professor Rosabeth Moss Kanter
Ernest L. Arbuckle Professor, Harvard Business School

Professor Jonathan Zittrain
Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, and co-founder of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society

Professor Ricardo Hausmann
Director of Harvard's Center for International Development and Professor of the Practice of Economic Development, Harvard Kennedy School

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February 18, 2010
11:30 - 1:00pm
Bell Hall, Harvard Kennedy School
     

BUSINESS & GOVERNMENT SEMINAR SERIES
Lobbying’s Impact on Policy Making: Myths, Realities and the Future

Healthcare reform, executive compensation, financial regulation, and climate change policies are just a few of the key issues being debated in Washington and in capitals around the globe. Lobbyists are playing a major role in the shaping of policy responses. Some argue lobbyists provide vital information to insure informed outcomes. Others say they are simply buying positions and votes. Come join a discussion with Senior Fellow Mark Fagan as he explores the myths and realities of lobbying and considers the role of lobbyists on policy making in the future.

Mark Fagan
Mr. Fagan is a Senior Fellow at the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government at Harvard Kennedy School. The focus of his research is on the role of regulation in competitive markets. He has written about the impact of regulation in network industries from transportation to electric utilities and in the financial sector. He is the co-author of Law and the Financial System: Securitization and Asset Backed Securities. He co-teaches Operations Management at HKS and Securitization at Boston University School of Law. He is a founding partner in the management consulting firm Norbridge.

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February 23, 2010
Washington DC
     

CSRI ROUNDTABLE EVENT
Social Entrepreneurship and Social Investment in the Middle East: Roundtable Discussion on Opportunities, Challenges and the Way Forward

The Brookings Institution

*Note: This event is by invitation only

     
February 26, 2010
12:00 - 1:30PM Fainsod Room, Harvard Kennedy School
     

BUSINESS & GOVERNMENT SEMINAR SERIES
Too Big to Save? How to Fix the U.S. Financial System

Mortgage defaults, together with excessive debt and weak regulation, ultimately led to the financial crisis in the United States. But how did a steep drop in U.S. housing prices result in a severe financial crisis throughout the world? What did the U.S. government do right and what did it do wrong in responding to the crisis? And perhaps most importantly, what actions should be taken in the future to resolve the financial crisis and help prevent others from happening? Come hear Robert Pozen discuss his new book, "Too Big to Save?", in which he discusses his answers to these key questions and presents his vision for reparing the U.S. financial system. Please click for reviews of Mr. Pozen's book from Reuters, The Financial Times and Forbes.

Robert Pozen
Senior Lecturer of Business Administration, Harvard Business School

Book raffle and signing following presentation
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March 4, 2010
12:00 - 1:30PM
Bell Hall, Harvard Kennedy School

     

BUSINESS & GOVERNMENT SEMINAR SERIES

Mark Carney
Governor of the Bank of Canada

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March 11, 2010
12:00 - 1:30PM
Bell Hall, Harvard Kennedy School

     

BUSINESS & GOVERNMENT SEMINAR SERIES

Jeff Frankel
James W. Harpel Professor of Capital Formation and Growth

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March 25, 2010
12:00 - 1:30PM
Bell Hall, Harvard Kennedy School

      BUSINESS & GOVERNMENT SEMINAR SERIES
In Praise of Primitive Finance

Amar Bhide
Visiting Scholar, Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government

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