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Change lives. Change organizations. Change the world.
In response to the historical events of the late 60's and the growing societal demands on business, the Stanford Graduate School of Business developed a pioneering vision for educating leaders who understand the world they live in and know to work across silos to accomodate the needs of both business and society.
When offered the Stanford Business School deanship, Arjay Miller agreed on condition that the School begin a program that would educate business in the concerns of government and society, and government in the needs of business.
Essentially, he envisioned a program that would produce managers better able to anticipate and deal with the disturbing and unexpected crises he had just encountered in his job as a high-ranking corporate executive at Ford Motors Co.:
In 1965, Ralph Nader published his scathing critique of the safety record of the auto industry, Unsafe at Any Speed. Miller was struck by how ineptly he and his colleagues handled negotiations with the government regulators. And vice versa. "We blew it," he recalled in a 2000 interview. Then in 1967, Detroit was ravaged by urban riots. As chairman of the city's Economic Development Committee, Miller was charged with bringing jobs to the inner city. "We failed miserably," he said later. With that, the innovative Public Management Program was born and was later emulated by other business schools across the country.
The founders of the Public Management Program share their motivations for creating the first program of the sort at a business school and why it is more relevant than ever today. They spoke at an October 28 Oral History Panel hosted by the school's Library.