Jean-Jacques Degroof, a former fellow of the MIT Sloan School of Management, is an educator and mentor who focuses on instruction in entrepreneurship. In addition to his fellowship at MIT, Jean-Jacques Degroof was a fellow of the Center for Business and Government at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.
Now called the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business & Government, it seeks to improve the knowledge and policy understanding of issues at the intersection of the public and private sectors. Drawing on the unique intellectual resources of the Kennedy School and Harvard University, it brings together thought leaders from both business and government to conduct research, engage in dialogue, and seeks answers that are both rigorous and policy relevant.
While a CBG Fellow, Jean-Jacques Degroof pursued the research initiated while he was a Ph.D. candidate at MIT on academic spin-off ventures as vehicles of technology transfer. This work fitted within broader interests of the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business & Government that seek to improve linkages between research and policy communities.
A PhD graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dr. Jean-Jacques Degroof has served as a venture investor and teacher for more than a decade. A former Sloan fellow, Dr. Jean-Jacques Degroof was also a fellow at the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government (M-RCBG) in 2003.
Part of Harvard University and its Kennedy School of Government, M-RCBG was established in 1982. Created to address issues in both the private and public sectors through its network of research centers and practical experience, M-RCBG focuses on policy applications in the real world. Its programs cover a wide range of areas, including corporate social responsibility initiatives, regulatory policy, and sustainability science.
– Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative. Launched in 2004, the initiative includes a number of organizations and the support of several corporations. The initiative maintains a business and international development program and a governance and accountability program, with both programs considering the social impacts and philanthropy efforts of corporations around the world.
– Regulatory Policy Program. Open to any Harvard University student, the program offers a variety of seminars and working papers to develop regulatory processes for all aspects of the business world. It also studies the impact of regulation and how different academic disciplines can contribute to effective regulatory strategies.
– Sustainability Science Program. The center of Harvard University’s teaching and research efforts on issues of sustainable development, the program seeks to advance action and understanding on the subject. A worldwide effort, it collaborates with organizations and research projects such as the National Academy of Sciences and the Initiative on Science and Technology for Sustainability.