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Business in a Political Age

Political actors have a strategy for your business. Do you have one for them?


Business success requires effectively engaging what Kennedy defined as shapeholders — the political, regulatory, media, and activist actors that shape a firm's opportunities and risks. See Mark's 7A Framework.

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Mark Kennedy’s 360° Insights

 Globally engaged business executive, Congressman, Professor


 Kennedy is a global thought leader on how organizations engage governments and societies around the world, how partisans govern, and how countries engage in mutually beneficial commerce with each other.

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ECOM Kuroda 8687Hosting Governor of Bank of Japan - Haruhiko Kuroda

Economic Club of Minnesota

Minneapolis, MN

April 19, 2015

It was great to host Vice President Walter Mondale, Narayana Kocherlakota, the President of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minnesota, and Haruhiko Kuroda, the Governor of the Bank of Japan at the Economic Club of Minnesota - with Chairman Mark Kennedy.

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TAmb. Carla Hills - Champion of Free Trade

Economic Club of Minnesota

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Photo - presenting award with Congressman Tim Penny

April 13, 2015

It was an honor to present former United States Trade Representative Carla Hills the Economic Club of Minnesota's Bill Frenzel Champion of Free Trade Award. During the administration of President George H.W. Bush, Carla led the negotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

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10 Friendly Questions for Rand Paul

Foreign Policy Article

April 8, 2015

My question:

"10. If the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is approved in the Obama administration, what criteria would you use to determine when you would push for its approval as president?"

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CNNBusiness Engaging on Political Issues

CNN International

Photo © Kennedy

April 3, 2015

"Businesses have to act morally, but they're in the business of business...There are many moral issues they could speak out on. Which ones they do is a function of which one aligns most with their differentiated purpose for their business."

"More companies should talk frankly than do politically. That's what I teach in my business in a political age course. But as they do, they're going through a cost/benefit analysis and those in this case went through a cost/benefit analysis and came to the conclusion it's in their benefit to speak out.

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JenkinsIndiana and Arkansas Fail to Understand That the Question Is Always the Answer

Huffington Post - Business

Photo © Kennedy

April 2, 2015

"When dealing with the political, regulatory, media and activist actors that I call shapeholders, the question is the answer to every political contest.

Legislators in Indiana and Arkansas were the latest to find out this hard truth. In an increasingly contentious world, it is vital to know that in a policy skirmish, the victors are usually the groups that were most prescient in establishing their question as the focus of debate in the arena where they will fare the best."


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