Far-reaching changes in the political, technological, economic, and institutional environment have intensified the challenges faced by managers and policymakers throughout the global economy. The restructuring, privatization, and deregulation of economies poses fascinating questions of institutional choice and design, drawing on economics, political science, and organization theory.
Technology policies and management strategies in industries such as computer software, multimedia, and biotechnology also need new conceptual frameworks. The growing importance of complex global networks and inter-firm alliances creates still more opportunities for research and theory building. In short, the current environment in the public and private sectors demands new approaches to research and teaching.
Business and Public Policy (BPP) is an interdisciplinary program of rigorous study for students interested in conducting research on these and other questions involving the interaction of institutional design and analysis, economic incentives, firm strategy, public policy and political economy, and technology management. Students and faculty in this program employ the tools and insights of economics, political science, strategic management, and law to analyze a range of issues.