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
Amitabh Chandra, NBER, June 2021
James Stock, Wall Street Journal, March 4, 2021
Ruggie, John Gerard and Rees, Caroline and Davis, Rachel, Making ‘Stakeholder Capitalism’ Work: Contributions from Business & Human Rights (November 19, 2020). HKS Working Paper No. RWP20-034.
Summers, Lawrence H. and Anna Stansbury. "U.S. Workers Need More Power," Washington Post, June 28, 2020.
Summers, Lawrence H. "If Business Roundtable CEOs are Serious about Reform, Here's What They Should Do." Washington Post, September 2, 2019.
Sinson, Callie and Jane Nelson. "3 actions business leaders can take to help solve our water crisis." World Economic Fourm, January 20, 2020.
Cass Sunstein, September 7, 2021
Tom Eisennman, August 25, 2021
Sandra J. Sucher, July 2021
Jason Furman, June 30, 2021
(CID Fellow - Ernesto Stein), June 14, 2021
Amitabh Chandra, June 2021
Michael Ashley Stein, June 14, 2021
Eric Maskin, June 2021
Ethan Rouen, May 18, 2021
Christopher Malloy, May/June 2021
Andy Wu, May 14, 2021
Julie Battilana, May 12, 2021
Hubert Joly – May 8, 2021
Mark Roe, April 12, 2021
George Serafeim, March 2021
James Stock, March 4, 2021
Mark Roe, Holger Spamann, Jesse Fried and Charles Wang, 2021
George Serafeim, October 2020
George Serafeim, September 3, 2020
George Serafeim, 2020
Rebecca Henderson, July 29, 2020
John Ruggie, 2020
John Ruggie, 2020
Callie Stinson and Jane Nelson, World Economic Forum, January 20, 2020.
John Ruggie, 2019
John Ruggie, HKS Working Paper No. RWP19-034, November, 2019.
Lawrence H. Summers, Washington Post, September 2, 2019.
Rebecca Henderson, March 6, 2019
Ishita Sen. August 31, 2021
Eugene F. Soltes, March 29, 2019
George Serafeim, January 16, 2018
Lawrence H. Summers, Blog, February 6, 2018.
Rahmandad, Hazhir, Rebecca Henderson, and Nelson Repenning. Management Science 64(3), March 2018: 1328-1347.
Ben Heineman, Jr. Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation, April 26, 2017.
Ben Heineman, Jr., Brink News, February 20, 2017.
Ben Heineman, Jr., Ankerwycke, 2016.
Ben Heineman, Jr. Harvard Business Review, December 20, 2016.
Lawrence H. Summers, 2015.
Rebecca Henderson and Karthik Ramanna, 2015
Rebecca Henderson and Eric Van den Steen, May 2015
Rebecca Henderson, February 19, 2015.