GOVERNMENT REGULATION & CORPORATE PUBLIC AFFAIRS
Dr. Gruber’s MIT PhD in economics thesis (1965), “Productivity, Education, and Change in the Labor Force,” provides guidance on current policy and management challenges. Dr. Gruber’s work on this early new paradigm is a guide for public policy in the 21st century. Dr. Gruber’s prediction in his 1965 thesis of shrinking middle class and skill shortage are serious issues facing the United States in 2016.
Dr. Gruber is a leading visionary in the imperative for competent collaboration between government and private sector strategic information technology planning and education for competitive advantage. He co-taught the MIT Government Science Policy course with Professor Robert C. Wood, then Chairman of the MIT Political Science Department. Professor Wood was the original co-chair of “The Human Factor in the Transfer of Technology” conference funded by NASA. Professor Wood then became a Secretary in Lyndon Johnson’s cabinet, leading to Gruber-Marquis co-chair of the MIT conference. Conference proceedings were then published in Gruber-Marquis Factors in the Transfer of Technology (MIT Press, 1969).
Dr. Gruber’s client assignments included recognition of strategic information power for effective corporate public affairs for the American Petroleum Institute (API) and the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers Association (PhRMA). Dr. Gruber published articles in 1980 and 1982 on computers and public affairs, which anticipated the current standard computer-based ground game in political campaigning today. Articles include "Using Computers in Corporate Public Affairs," (Public Relations Review, 1982) and "The New Management in Corporate Public Affairs," (Public Affairs Review, 1980).
Dr. Gruber’s government regulation experience includes an economic expert in four antitrust litigations. MIT professor Maury Adelman, who specialized in industrial organization, employed Dr. Gruber to assist in the DuPont-Cellophane case in which the government accused DuPont of a monopoly in the cellophane industry.
When New York City Bonds were close to default and required federal funding, a program was launched by the CEOs of four large corporations with headquarters in NYC, Chase, Citibank, AT&T, and Pfizer, to sell Congress to back the NYC Bonds. Dr. Gruber was employed as an economic expert and contributed to the success of this program. NYC bankruptcy was averted.
In the late 1980s Dr. Gruber consulted on technology forces in the transformation of the securities industry with Institutional Investor, the recognized judge of asset management competence. The editor of Institutional Investor published Dr. Gruber’s article, “Planning for the Next Market Break,” on Wall Street’s response to the new forces driving a revolution. The editor introductory quote for Dr. Gruber’s article: “Wall Street is paralyzed when it comes to automation. Here’s a way to get moving again.” The market crash in 2015/2016 happened because of the risks recognized in Dr. Gruber’s technology warning in the 1970s and 1980s.
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