Dear CBG Family,
President Bush has encouraged Americans to get back to business,
but not to business as usual. These are extraordinary times that
call upon each of us to rededicate ourselves to trying to make
this world a better place. That's what all of us at CBG and KSG
are committed to do and I'm pleased to report that, on many fronts,
you and your colleagues are making a difference and playing a
Perhaps it's appropriate to remind ourselves that those of us
at the Kennedy School and the Center for Business and Government
are here for two principal purposes: to train public leaders and
to improve public policies that strengthen society. Our "business"
is, then, at the core of what is most in demand right now. And
that basic work, the "blocking and tackling" that is
at the heart of our mission, goes on apace, through teaching,
research and engagement. Our faculty are in the midst of teaching
some 62 separate courses to our 850 full-time graduate students,
while others are transmitting knowledge to leaders from the public,
private and NGO sectors through executive programs. Our applied
research is producing volumes of needed intellectual insights.
And our outreach and engagement activities are more vigorous than
Let me animate the scope and depth of these activities by highlighting
just a few of our current and future projects:
· CBG Senior Fellow Marsh Carter, former CEO of State
Street Bank, has volunteered to chair Acting Governor Jane Swift's
special commission to review operations of the Massachusetts Port
Authority which is responsible for security at Boston's troubled
· A host of CBG faculty have offered suggestions and perspectives
on the events of September 11, including former CBG Director Roger
Porter, who appeared on CBS News, comparing the attack with other
tragedies in recent history; HIIP Director Deborah Hurley, who
has been widely interviewed on the tradeoffs between security
and privacy; Professor Robert Lawrence, who has been quoted on
the effect of the terrorist attacks on international trade and
the global economy; Professor Dale Jorgenson, who has offered
public commentary about the impact on IT and productivity; and
Elaine Kamarck, whose recent op-ed cautions that homeland defense
· This morning, Dennis Encarnation and CBG's Asia-Pacific
Policy Program, in concert with the World Bank and Harvard's Asia
Center, begins a two-day conference on "East Asia's Future
Economy" that features 15 groundbreaking papers on the role
of innovation in firms, clusters information and communications
technology, regional integration, production networking and industrial
and corporate restructuring.
· Last week, the National Research Council Board on Science,
Technology and Economic Policy met at CBG under the leadership
of Professor Dale Jorgenson to explore cyclicality and productivity
in the critically important semiconductor industry. The IT sector,
sparked by huge productivity gains in the semiconductor industry,
has driven a third of the growth in the U.S. economy over the
past five years and the cyclical downturn and the events of September
11 pose a large dilemma for growth prospects going forward. The
symposium included a luncheon address by George Scalise, president
of the Semiconductor Industry Association.
· Last month, CBG's Asia Programs convened 35 of the world's
leading thinkers and policy-makers to explore the ramifications
of China's imminent accession to the WTO, presenting 30 papers
on topics ranging from the urban/rural divide, to the challenges
of converting state owned enterprises to private ownership, to
the need to transform China's pension and social security system.
This is the first of a series of annual policy conferences that
Professor Tony Saich will host on emerging issues of critical
importance to Asia and the global community. This first conference
focused on what is arguably one of the most daunting and complex
transitions ever attempted and one that requires coordination,
understanding and alignment of market forces, public values and
political legitimacy - the heart of our competencies here at CBG.
Look for a major book on the proceedings next year that will help
to clarify the agenda for action.
· A number of CBG faculty publications are arriving at
bookstores this month, including Governance and Politics of China
by Tony Saich (Palgrave Press) and Building the Virtual State
by Jane Fountain (Brookings). Tony taps his vast knowledge of
the political economy of China and amplifies on the themes of
his recent conference, while Jane postulates the emergence of
a new "virtual state" built around IT and the web. In
addition, CBG faculty Viktor Mayer-Schoenberger, Cary Coglianese
and David Lazer contributed chapters to The Federal Vision --
Legitimacy and Levels of Governance in the US and EU (Oxford),
and Jean Camp has a chapter in Creative Destruction: Business
Survival Strategies in the Global Internet Economy (MIT Press).
· CBG welcomes an impressive group of 34 Fellows and Senior
Fellows for the 2001-2002 academic year, including a leading economist
of the Central Bank of China working on the development of the
mutual fund industry and its implications for financial policies;
a director of The Prince of Wales Business Leaders Forum in London
pursuing new former of corporate citizenship and public/private
partnerships for peace; a United Nations Development Programme
(UNDP) administrator preparing for his assignment as resident
coordinator for Vietnam; the founder of a for-profit education
company who is exploring ways in which technology can be harnessed
for individualized, customized learning; a prominent lawyer from
the UK who will work with Professor Bill Hogan to prescribe a
blueprint for electricity restructuring in differing national
contexts; a former Taiwanese Premier who continues his work on
civil service reform and new forms of security in the Taiwan Straits;
and a political scientist from Tsinghua University who is helping
to launch a new public policy program in Beijing. Beyond research,
a number of our visitors also teach, and we're very proud of CBG/HIIP
Fellow Nolan Bowie for earning the 2001 Manual C. Carballo Award
for Excellence in Teaching at the Kennedy School.
· CBG Senior Fellow Dr. Jerry Grossman convenes the first
meeting of the Harvard/Kennedy School Health Care Delivery Policy
Program on October 11-12, intended to explore ways in which productivity
in healthcare - both quality and efficiency - can be raised to
improve health outcomes and increase direct patient participation
· Professor Robert Lawrence has designed a new executive
education program for senior officials responsible for international
trade negotiations from both developed and developing countries,
entitled "The Practice of Trade Policy: Economics, Negotiations
and Rules" that will be offered December 2-14. The curriculum
will include intellectual property rights, labor and environmental
standards, food safety, agricultural policy, foreign investment
and competition policy.
· This month, a number of CBG programs will host presentations
on timely issues, including Andrew Solow on "The Precautionary
Principle" (EEPHU), John Braithwaite on "NGOs and the
Ratcheting Up of Global Regulatory Standards" and Paul Joskow
on "California's Electricity Crisis" (RPP), John Ruggie
on "Globalization, Corporate Social Responsibility and the
United Nations" (Leadership Council), and the HIIP Seminar
will celebrate its fifth anniversary when it recommences for the
2001-2002 academic year on October 15. Check the events page of
our website, http://www.ksg.harvard.edu/cbg for dates and locations.
· A number of our colleagues have recently received well-deserved
national and international recognition, including Deborah Hurley
who will receive the 2002 Namur Award for "outstanding contribution
to the awareness of the social implications of information technology"
at the IFIP World Congress in Montreal next August; HIIP Associate
Mary Graham who was elected to the board of directors of the John
D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation; and Prof. Lewis Branscomb
who was awarded the Vannevar Bush Award by the National Science
· We will be gathering on October 20, before the Harvard-Princeton
game, for a time of community building and friendship. Let Amy
Christofer know if you can join us.
That's just a flavor of what's up and who's doing what at CBG.
Clearly, we have a full plate. At the same time, current events
require more from each of us. The saying, "From to whom much
has been given, much is expected," has never been truer.
We continue to actively explore ways in which the intellectual
and institutional strengths of CBG can contribute at this time
of great need.
As always and as never before, I welcome your thoughts and suggestions.
My door is always open to you. Please drop by or send along ideas
of how we can make a constructive difference.
Earlier I wrote to you about the moving memorial service I attended
for a member of CBG's Leadership Council, Richard Ross, one of
the victims on American Airlines flight #11. His name and good
deeds are now inscribed, along with those of thousands of others,
in the book of life. Let us dedicate our efforts going forward
to Richard and others - and to the cause of freedom, security,
and social justice for our deeply troubled world.