Dear CBG Faculty, Staff, Fellows, and Friends,
our views on the outcome of the recent election, I suspect all of us are glad
that the campaign is over. And I know we all share one aspiration: we hope for
the best in these challenging times.
was a major focus at CBG - needless to say, in an analytical, not political, mode.
At the beginning of October, for example, CBG hosted a half-day symposium for
40 international corporate executives. Professor Linda Bilmes led a discussion
on the federal budget deficit and how it might be affected by the key of proposals
the presidential candidates. Roger Porter, IBM Professor of Business and Government,
presented a fascinating history of presidential elections at a Leadership Council
breakfast attended by Council members, Kennedy School Fellows and businesspeople
from the local community.
The regular work of CBG
continued at full speed. In late October, the Regulatory Policy Program convened
a workshop on voluntary regulatory programs. Throughout the world, domestic regulatory
agencies have increasingly established programs by which government seeks to recognize
and reward businesses that demonstrate superior performance. In cooperation with
the Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative, RPP is studying why companies
choose to participate in these programs and how regulatory agencies can and should
determine which businesses are worthy of special recognition. The study is designed
and led by RPP faculty chair Cary Coglianese and RPP director Jennifer Nash. Preliminary
interview results suggest that participation does not depend on a firm's sector,
size, or record of compliance with regulatory requirements so much as it does
on managers' perceptions of the benefits of public recognition, and on how much
capacity the firms have to implement such programs.
CBG fellows continue to bridge theory and practice and infuse the center with
new perspectives. Senior Fellow William Rosenberg, for instance, is developing
financing and regulatory modalities meant to support large-scale investment in
coal gasification for electricity generation. Such a transition could have a tremendously
beneficial impact on the economy and the environment. Bill published an article
on this subject in the November 1st edition of Forbes Magazine.
To read the article, click here.
On the Asia front,
the China Public Policy Program has begun a program intended to help develop the
planning capacity of the Beijing government as they prepare for the 2008 Beijing
Olympiad. Among the many topics this training program will focus on are infrastructure,
management, crisis management, public health, security and finance, and media
relations. The Taiwan Leadership Program is planning a joint conference with the
London School of Oriental and African Studies next spring. Our Kansai Keizai Doyukai
Program, a bilateral U.S.-Japan forum, has just begun a new initiative to include
China, housed in Shanghai. And the Vietnam program continues to develop its Public
Policy, Executive Education, and Exchange Programs both here at KSG and at the
University of Economics of Ho Chi Minh City, and is planning to hold a workshop
later this month.
Finally, we congratulate Robert
Stavins, Albert Pratt Professor of Business and Government and Director of CBG's
Environmental Economics Program at Harvard University, on his recent appointment
to a three-year term on the EPA's Science Advisory Board (SAB). The Board is responsible
for the management and leadership of the SAB's many technical committees.
read the press release, click here.
Happy Thanksgiving, and stay in touch.
Frank and Denie Weil Director, Center
for Business and Government
Kirkpatrick Professor of International Affairs