Policy and Innovation Initiative

Business does not exist in a vacuum. Government policy impacts the structure of the market, which can give certain companies and industries competitive advantages. In turn, business may play a role in the formulation of government policy.

This interdependence is particularly important in innovative industries, where new business models often conflict with existing regulatory frameworks. Understanding the interplay of policy and innovation is essential for entrepreneurs, investors, and incumbent firms, both small and large, early-stage and mature.

The Policy and Innovation Initiative at Stanford GSB seeks to focus a lens on the intersection and interaction of business and government policy. We bring together leaders across various sectors to foster collaboration and understanding, and build a knowledge base and expertise that are useful to researchers and practitioners alike.

Led by Stanford GSB Professor Steven Callander, and housed within the Center for Entrepreneurial Studies, the Policy and Innovation Initiative:

  • Brings together key players and stakeholders: entrepreneurs, investors, business leaders, students, academics, and policymakers and regulators, to advance understanding and collaboration.
  • Advances cutting-edge research to better explore the interplay of business strategy, technological innovations, and public policy — dynamics that are reshaping the business and social environment.
  • Curates and publish a comprehensive knowledge base about important data, issues, and trends in this space.
  • Develops a new and richer understanding of business strategy that accommodates policy and its impact on market structure, and provides analytical frameworks to help entrepreneurs, business leaders, and regulators to navigate their environment.
  • Offers a fresh look at business-government relations, which are fundamental to enhancing success and embracing innovation, for the benefit of the public.