Responsibility Initiative The Kennedy School of Government's
Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative seeks to study and enhance the effectiveness
of corporate social responsibility. It is a multi-disciplinary and multi-stakeholder
effort dedicated to exploring the intersection between corporate responsibility,
corporate governance, public policy and the media. It aims to bridge the gap between
theory and practice, encourage innovation, build leadership skills and support
better understanding and constructive action between different sectors. The CSR
Initiative achieves its mission through a combination of:
Research conducted by Harvard faculty, fellows
and students, and in collaboration with external 'practitioner' experts and organizations;
Dialogues and workshops that convene leaders
from business, government, civil society, academia and the media around emerging
trends and critical dilemmas in corporate social responsibility;
Education activities to build relevant skills
among the next generation of public and private sector leaders;
Outreach to share research findings and conclusions
from dialogues with policy-makers, business leaders, academics, investors and
Regulatory Policy Program (RPP)
Regulatory Policy Program at the Center for Business and Government develops and
tests leading ideas about regulation and regulatory institutions. RPP's research
aims to improve society and the economy by understanding the impacts of regulation
and creating better ways to design and implement regulatory strategies. RPPs
efforts focus on the role of regulation, markets, and deregulation; on assessing
the impact of different types of regulatory instruments; and on studying and improving
the management of regulatory institutions and policymaking.
the direction of Faculty Chair Cary Coglianese
and Director Jennifer Nash, the Regulatory
Policy Program studies and seeks to improve regulatory strategies across a range
of policy areas from environmental to financial regulation, health and safety
to transportation regulation. In addition to research, the Program organizes policy
conferences, sponsors an ongoing New Directions in
Regulation seminar series, disseminates working
papers, and engages in other efforts to build a global dialogue around regulatory
issues. The Regulatory Policy Program also supports the website, E-rulemaking.org,
a national clearinghouse on the use of information technology in the rulemaking
Environmental Economics Program
at Harvard University (EEPHU)
Economics Program at Harvard University is leading the way in developing innovative
answers to today’s complex environmental issues. EEPHU will provide a forum for
policymakers, scholars and advocates to grapple with such difficult questions
as whether the Environmental Protection Agency should consider costs as well as
benefits when determining regulatory targets; or what level of carbon reductions
will be necessary to limit global climate change; and whether the United States
should open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil exploration as dependence
on foreign oil pushes prices higher.
at the end of 2000 under the direction of Professor Robert Stavins, EEPHU offers
a venue to bring together faculty and graduate students from across the University
engaged in research, teaching, and outreach in environmental and natural resource
economics and related public policy. The program, jointly sponsored by the Center
for Business and Government and the University Committee on the Environment, will
develop innovative curriculum, sponsor research projects, and convene conferences
to further the understanding of the critical issues in Environmental Economics
in the U.S. and around the world.
Electricity Policy Group (HEPG) |
in 1993, the Harvard Electricity Policy Group provides a forum for the analysis
and discussion of important policy issues regarding the U.S. electricity industry.
Its objectives are to address key problems related to the transition to a more
competitive electricity market, to provide a forum for informed and open debate,
and to supply a vehicle for contributing to the wider public policy agenda affecting
the electric sector.
research, publishes papers on a variety of electricity-related topics and holds
regular conferences around the country under the guidance of Professor Bill Hogan,
HEPG research director and Ashley Brown, executive director. These special sessions
are comprised of academics, policy makers, regulators, consumer advocates and
industry executives convened by HEPG to candidly discuss a variety of topics including
regional transmission organization, re-regulating retail competition in electricity
markets, and possible solutions to the California energy crisis.
Asia Programs has undergone a dramatic period
of growth at CBG. Spanning the regions of greater China, Japan, Vietnam, and
Indonesia, the current work of Asia Programs focuses on the training of civil
servants, applied policy research, strategic dialogue workshops, and institutional
capacity building within the targeted nations. Each program seeks to meet these
goals through a variety of mechanisms.
the China Public Policy Program, offer tailored strategic policy dialogue initiatives
and specialized executive training programs designed for targeted constituencies
that combine to create an instructive, policy-oriented environment for participants.
Under the direction of Faculty Chair Tony Saich, the Asia Pacific Policy Program
engages in focused policy analysis through research, teaching, course development,
and outreach activities. Senior scholar exchange programs (such as the Kansai
Keizai Doyukai Program) and international training centers created a rich network
of academic and government partner institutions throughout the region. The Fulbright
Economic Teaching Program in Vietnam teaches applied economics to Vietnamese mid-career
decision-makers and administers various executive-education programs.
Program on Technology and Economic
The work of the Program on Technology
and Economic Policy includes research, teaching and engagement on economic growth
and public policy. Research focuses on such areas as the effect of environmental
policies and tax reform on capital accumulation, technological change and economic
growth, and the impact of educational and tax policies on human capital accumulation
Under the leadership of Professor
Dale Jorgenson, recent PTEP projects include: contributing an economic analysis
of the Clean Air Act for review by the U.S. EPA; writing with the PEW Center on
the costs of climate change policies; collaborating on an international project
to compare productivity performance in the U.S. and Japan; and examining the role
of computers in US productivity growth.
Weil Program on Collaborative
The Weil Program on Collaborative Governance's
mission is to facilitate more effective, better national policy and decision making
in the public, private, and not-for-profit sectors on matters relating to capital
markets and the economy at large. It does so by helping all sectors understand
each other, coordinate and recognize their differences, and focus on common goals.
In particular, WPCG helps coalesce the various programs of CBG by engaging civil
society stakeholders in advancing the goals of their respective societies through
regular seminars, symposia and publications.
of research include the definitional parameters of collaborative governance; the
theoretical aspects of the complex interrelationships of collaborative governance
in practice; European comparative aspects and how the concept applies to different
spheres such as labor and education; existing examples in the US, such as environmental
agreements and community policing; instances of US government encouragement or
implementation of collaborative governance; and world trade and the dynamics of
collaborative governance in international negotiations and organizations.
Trade and Negotiations Program
Trade and Negotiations Program at the Center for Business and Government seeks
to improve trade policymaking through research, dissemination of ideas and teaching.
The program has a particular focus on the dynamics of international trade negotiations
in multilateral, regional and bilateral forums; on problems of global governance;
and on international dispute settlement procedures at the World Trade Organization.
A central goal of the program is to make the global trading system work better
for developing countries. This requires not simply an improved understanding of
how the system actually operates and what policies might be undertaken to enhance
it, but also building negotiating capacity in developing countries.
The program was founded in 2002 under the direction of Professor Robert Lawrence.
Under the sponsorship of CBG, the program has launched a highly successful executive
Practice of Trade Policy, that brings policymakers to Cambridge and provides
them with training in the trade policy economics, rules and negotiation strategies.
The program has completed a series of case studies covering major trade negotiations
and disputes over the past decade. The program also participates with the Center
for International Development in sponsoring a trade
negotiations website that provides a wide array of materials for researchers
and others interested in trade policy and negotiations.
DSA Project is implemented by the Kennedy School of Government (Center for Business
& Government) and funded by Development Cooperation
Ireland (DCI), the Netherlands Minister for Development Cooperation and the
States Agency for International Development (USAID).
DSA project provides assistance to the Government of Ethiopia's Civil Service
Reform in budgets, accounts and budget planning. Since 1992 Ethiopia has implemented
one of the most ambitious decentralization programs in Africa, indeed of any developing
country, by devolving authority to autonomous regions and then sub-regional governments.
The Government of Ethiopia initiated a Civil Service Reform in 1996 to build the
capacity to implement devolution. The DSA project started in January 1997 and
supports the Civil Service Reform through technical assistance in accounting,
budgeting, and expenditure planning for Ethiopia's central and eleven regional
governments. The project was recently awarded a 29-month multi-million dollar
extension from USAID with funding from the Netherlands Aid and Irish Aid agencies.
It is slated to run through the end of 2006.
Harvard/Kennedy School Health
Care Delivery Policy Program
The mission of the
Harvard/Kennedy School Health Care Delivery Policy Program (HCDP) is to devote
to the actual delivery of health and medical services a degree of intellectual
energy comparable to that devoted to understanding the etiology, diagnosis, and
treatment of individual disease. Since its launch in 2000, the Program has sought
to identify feasible changes that promise to render the U.S. health care delivery
system more effective, efficient, accessible, and integrated. By convening leaders
of the major components of the health care delivery system, and simultaneously
undertaking cutting edge research, HCDP incubates innovative, cross-sector solutions
to increase productivity and quality in the delivery of health care services.
HIV/AIDS and Business
in Africa and Asia: Building Sustainable Partnerships
with the Harvard Business School, Public Health School and Harvard AIDS Institute,
and co-sponsored by UNAIDS and the World Economic Forum, CBG is hosting a series
of four symposia during the 2003 calendar year in Cambridge, Beijing, and Durban.
Our aim in this project is to foster multi-sectoral partnerships that can lead
to sustainable capacity building in developing countries. Some businesses are
finding that they are compelled by facts on the ground to get involved in promoting
HIV/AIDS awareness and providing treatment to workers and families in some
cases, as in the Southern African mining industry, up to one-third of the workforce
is infected. How can we tap into that willingness and link firms with other social
actors, including governments, to respond to the immediate challenges while also
building a broader social capacity for the long haul?
Center for Digital Government: Integrating Information and Institutions
The Center, founded in 2002 with generous support from the National
Science Foundation, is building a national capacity for research and practice
in digital governance, fostering collaboration among societal sectors. The goal
of the Center is to apply and extend the social sciences for research at the intersection
of governance, institutions, and information technologies.
Center brings together scholars and government decision makers to undertake and
advance scholarly and problem-based research on the existing and medium-term effects
of ubiquitous computing in government. This is done through a fellowship program,
which brings together doctoral candidates conducting research on digital government;
a seminar series titled Future Directions in Digital Government; small
workshops on research methodologies; and small research grants to support masters
level capstone projects on digital government conducted in partnership with government
Harvard Kennedy School Fellows Program
Repsol YPF-Harvard Kennedy School Fellows Program for energy policy research is
a new initiative supported by a gift from the Fundación Repsol YPF and
established at the Center for Business and Government in the Spring of 2003. Envisioned
as a multi-year fellows program, the Kennedy School seeks to identify interest
for this or future years. Fellowship awards could be made as early as the academic
year beginning September 2003.
In the new century,
the accelerated pace of change presents a renewed demand to develop both ideas
and people to expand and clarify the complex topics that permeate energy policy.
The transformed setting of international security and expanded challenges of international
terrorism profoundly affect the operation and importance of energy markets. Dramatic
changes in energy industries, advances in technology, and restructured energy
markets present new choices and challenges. There is a sense that an era when
easy solutions of excess supply capacity, robust infrastructure, and low cost
environmental improvements may be coming to an end. Stresses as diverse as global
climate change, energy market liberalization, and greater integration of energy
companies produce extended policy debates. The Repsol YPF-Harvard Kennedy School
Fellows Program responds to these opportunities and challenges by making an investment
in intellectual capital through the research of another generation of energy policy
Young Faculty Leaders Forum
Young Faculty Leaders Forum engages a select group of outstanding young scholars
- the best in the nation - committed to strengthening American education in new
ways. The goal is to evaluate challenges and a need for change facing the American
educational system, both K-12 and higher education. A critical feature of this
program is vigorous interaction not only among Forum members, but also among senior
leaders from business and government who share a similar thirst for change.
34 young participant/scholars meet periodically and repeatedly over a series of
two-day intensive sessions. During each of these sessions, the young faculty members
present and rigorously defend their best ideas. With a strong emphasis on concrete
evidence, these ideas are actively debated by both Forum members and senior guests
from business, government and philanthropy who are leaders in their fields. Afterwards,
to broaden the impact, each young faculty member is invited to present and share
new ideas from the Executive Sessions with colleagues at their own universities,
with the eventual objective that participants will then capitalize on their insights
to train a new generation of American education leaders.