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
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.
Callie Stinson and Jane Nelson, World Economic Fourm, January 20, 2020.
Lawrence H. Summers, Washington Post, September 2, 2019.
John Ruggie, HKS Working Paper No. RWP19-034, November, 2019.
Lawrence H. Summers, 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. Governance Studies, the Initiative on 21st Century Capitalism, No. 20, Brookings Instiution, 2015.
Rebecca Henderson and Eric Van den Steen. American Economic Review 105(5), May 2015: 326-330.
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