The Business SummitThe Global Business Summit Leading in Business and Beyond was the culmination of the Centennial year for Harvard Business School alumni. Held on campus October 12-14, 2008, the Business Summit featured thought-provoking discourse, debate, and insight into the seminal topics facing the global community. World leaders, renowned experts, and HBS faculty took center stage on issues, such as globalization, business and society, and the meaning of leadership in the 21st century.

Market Capitalism

  • Introduction to the Future of Market Capitalism An introduction to the topic by Professor Joseph L. Bower Tuesday, October 14, 2008 Professor Bower presents his distilled takeaways from a two-year research project, exploring the views of global business leaders and Harvard faculty on what might threaten the world’s economic progress.
  • The Future of Market Capitalism A keynote presentation by Professor Lawrence H. Summers Tuesday, October 14, 2008 Professor Summers shares his view of the challenges facing America at a time of financial and economic turmoil, and the opportunities they present.
  • The Future of Market Capitalism Panel A panel discussion with Professor Michael Porter Tuesday, October 14, 2008 Panel members discuss shortcomings of the capitalist system and ways the business community can better serve broader societal interests. Topics include: social entrepreneurship, the role of public policy, and the development of a stronger safety net for workers.
  • The Role of Business Leaders in Sustaining Market Capitalism A breakout session with Professors Joseph L. Bower, Lynn S. Paine, and David A. Moss Tuesday, October 14, 2008 Panelists share their views on the future of market capitalism, and the challenges it faces today. 2:15 p.m. session 3:45 p.m. session