Studies & Resources

Business Roundtable’s “Corporations 101: The Basics of Corporate Structure “

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Survey Results Among Business Leaders on Education (March 2007)

The study, undertaken by the Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research firm for the California Foundation for Commerce and Education and California Business for Education Excellence Foundation, found that California business leaders place education at the top of their public policy concerns, along side health care.  At the same time, executives gave K-12 schools a “D” grade for their quality of work.  In the first statewide survey of its kind, a representative sample of business executives believe that schools need more funding, but believe even more strongly that reforms should be adopted to meaningfully overhaul how schools are run and pupils educated.  The study was made possible with the generous support of the William and Flora Hewlett and Bill and Melinda Gates Foundations.

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Keeping California’s Edge: The Growing Demand for Highly Educated Workers (May 2006)

“Keeping California’s Edge: The Growing Demand for Highly Educated Workers,” is a new study commissioned by the California Business Roundtable and the Campaign for College Opportunity and researched by economists at the Applied Research Center at California State University, Sacramento.  Looking forward to 2022, this study identifies growing sectors seeking highly educated workers, analyzes the economic value created by those workers and identifies the top six industries with the most at stake in our state’s highly educated high demand future.


Closing Achievement Gaps at All Grade Levels: The Next Phase in Improving California’s Public Schools  (February 2005)

“Closing Achievement Gaps at All Grade Levels; The Next Phase in Improving California’s Public Schools” is a comprehensive, common sense approach to reforming California’s public schools and furthering the successful standards and accountability-based education reforms of the past several years.  All eleven reforms included in the plan are geared toward one goal: closing achievement gaps and making sure all students reach grade level proficiency.

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California Competitiveness Project — An Analysis of California’s Economic Competitiveness (February 2004)

Bain and Company, on behalf of the California Business Roundtable, completed a rigorous study on the competitive viability of the Golden State’s business and regulatory climate. The goal of the report was to assess both the current state and the anticipated trajectory of California’s competitiveness. The California Competitiveness Project integrates in depth economic analysis with the viewpoints of key corporate decision makers and policy experts to provide a clearer understanding of the true trajectory of the state’s economy and what will improve it.  The analysis revealed that the cost of doing business in California is 30 percent higher on average than in other Western states, and that California’s regulatory environment is the most costly, complex and uncertain in the nation.

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Reaching Higher — a Roadmap for the Future of Education Reform in California (January 2001)

To ensure students are well prepared for the rapidly changing, high-tech world that awaits them, California schools are recommitting themselves to academic excellence. The state has raised expectations and educators are working to improve student achievement. We believe these changes represent an important turning point for California, but more work — thoughtfully developed and supported over the long term — is needed if educators are to succeed.

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Twelfth Annual Business Climate Survey Executive Summary (January 2002)

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Building a Legacy for the Next Generation (1998)

A comprehensive array of innovative solutions to meet the state’s needs for schools, colleges, parks, water systems and transportation.

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Mobilizing for Competitiveness — Linking Education and Training to Jobs (January 1994)

This report offers a comprehensive vision for an education and training system that meets the needs of companies in the 21st century. It provides a framework for viewing all levels of education — K-12 through postsecondary institutions — and job training programs as part of a single system that is linked to employment.


A Brighter California: What We Want From Our Schools By the Year 2000 (1992)

Three separate statewide California business organizations offer their common vision for what business wants from its public education system. The report, timeless in its utility, sets forth goals and strategic imperatives, each with its own specific list of actionable items.


Restructuring California Education — A Design for Public Education in the 21st Century (1988)

This report presents ideas for strengthening and redesigning the public school system and identifies policies that can be adopted to do so. Although this report was first published in 1988, it is still relevant, for it proposes a 10-year transitional reform process.


Lawsuits, Litigation and Tort Reform Survey — Executive Summary (June 1996)

This survey of Roundtable member companies was conducted to better determine the state and nature of litigation activity in California and assess the effects this litigation is having on the state’s business climate. The summary provides both qualitative and quantitative findings on lawsuits, product liability and government’s role in tort reform.


Maintaining Momentum on California Water Issues: Business Leaders’ Findings — A Model Water Transfer Act for California (May 1996)

With the belief that state-mandated water transfer projects had yet to reach their potential to improve California’s water system, the California Business Roundtable, the California Farm Bureau, the California Chamber of Commerce and the California Manufacturers Association undertook a study to measure progress made on state water issues. This report is the result of academic drafting, research, and the sponsors’ desire to craft a consensus document that reflects primary water concerns and analyzes options to address those concerns.


Maintaining Momentum on California Water Issues: Business Leaders’ Findings — Financing Options for Water-Related Infrastructure in California (May 1996)

This study explores feasible financing solutions aimed at helping California address and meet its growing water infrastructure needs. The report supports a principle that water infrastructure funding costs should be borne by those who benefit most from the infrastructure development.

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