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John Haigh

Lecturer in Public Policy

This program explores the role of business in formulating, influencing and implementing public policy.


It illuminates the fundamental issues of corporate public policy making and engagement in implementing public policy by examining the context: key elements of governance; the purpose of the corporation; and concepts of corporate performance, integrity and risk. We are examining a series of consequential matters – globalization of industries and global governance, tensions arising from innovation and technology developments, and the role of shareholders and institutional investors to secure public goods by influencing the behavior of investee corporations.  We focus on the role of the corporation in addressing public issues given the tensions between private interests and public interests. 



Featured News & Research

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Summers, Lawrence H. and Anna Stansbury. "U.S. Workers Need More Power," Washington Post, June 28, 2020.

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Summers, Lawrence H. "If Business Roundtable CEOs are Serious about Reform, Here's What They Should Do." Washington Post, September 2, 2019.

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Sinson, Callie and Jane Nelson. "3 actions business leaders can take to help solve our water crisis." World Economic Fourm, January 20, 2020.

Publications & Courses

The Paradox of Corporate Globalization: Disembedding and Reembedding Governing Norms

John Ruggie, 2020

3 actions business leaders can take to help solve our water crisis. 

Callie Stinson and Jane Nelson, World Economic Fourm, January 20, 2020.

Corporate Purpose in Play:The Role of ESG Investing

John Ruggie, 2019

If Business Roundtable CEOs are Serious about Reform, Here's What They Should Do.

Lawrence H. Summers, Washington Post, September 2, 2019.

Corporate Purpose in Play: The Role of ESG Investing.

John Ruggie, HKS Working Paper No. RWP19-034, November, 2019.

Wells Fargo’s board members are getting off too easily 

Lawrence H. Summers, February 6, 2018.

Making the Numbers? 'Short Termism' and the Puzzle of Only Occasional Disaster.

Rahmandad, Hazhir, Rebecca Henderson, and Nelson Repenning. Management Science 64(3), March 2018: 1328-1347.

Wells Faro Lessons: Will Leaders Ever Learn?

Ben Heineman, Jr. Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation, April 26, 2017.

Can Corporations Help Heal Broken Policy and Politics in an Era of Upheaval? 

Ben Heineman, Jr., Brink News, February 20, 2017.

The Inside Counsel Revolution: Resolving the Partner-Guardian Tension

Ben Heineman, Jr., Ankerwycke, 2016.

The "Business in Society" Imperative for CEOs.

Ben Heineman, Jr. Harvard Business Review, December 20, 2016.

Thought Economics: Modern Capitalism.

Lawrence H. Summers, 2015.

Do Managers Have a Role to Play in Sustaining the Institutions of Capitalism?

Rebecca Henderson and Karthik Ramanna. Governance Studies, the Initiative on 21st Century Capitalism, No. 20, Brookings Instiution, 2015.

Why Do Firms Have "Purpose"? The Firm's Role as a Carrier of Identity and Reputation.

Rebecca Henderson and Eric Van den Steen. American Economic Review 105(5), May 2015: 326-330.



Corporate Citizenship and Public Policy: Can Business Advance the Public Interest?

HKS degree program course taught by John Haigh, Ben Heineman, and Richard Cavanagh

Sustainable Business Strategy

HBS Online Executive Education course taught by Rebecca Henderson.