Boston University School of Law

Mark L. Fagan


Bucknell University
B.A., 1977

Harvard University
Masters Degree in City and Regional Planning, 1979


Center for Business and Government, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
Senior Fellow (2005 to Present)
Fellow (2004-2005)

Mr. Fagan is a Senior Fellow at Harvard University’s Center for Business and Government. The focus of his research is on the role of regulation in the creation of competitive markets. He is currently collaborating with Professor Tamar Frankel on a book of teaching case studies about restoring trust and honesty in corporate America.

He has written about the impact of deregulation in the railroad industry including a recent paper published by Transportation examining the impact of regulatory differences on rail freight share between the United States and the European Union. He has also examined the impact of electricity restructuring in the United States. The research in electricity markets has been published in the Electricity Journal and cited in the New York Times.

Other research papers include the role of government in the financing of small and medium size enterprises to foster growth in China and the need for institutional innovation to support technology and globalization, a collaboration between Mr. Fagan and the Vice Minister for Science and Technology in China. In conjunction with his fellowship, Mr. Fagan has taught in the China Leaders in Development Executive Education Program and as a guest lecturer in several courses at Harvard’s Kennedy School including Transportation Policy, Microfinance, and Operations Management.

Norbridge Inc.
Partner and Co-founder (1994 present)

Mercer Management Consulting Co.
Vice President, Principal, Senior Associate, Associate (1979-1994)

Mark Fagan is a founding partner of Norbridge, Inc. a general management consulting firm that has a distinctive competence in the transportation sector. Mr. Fagan specializes in helping companies survive and thrive in deregulation. He works with clients in the transportation, telecommunications and utility industries as they grapple with increasing shareholder value in a deregulated world. His engagements include driving top line improvements from volume growth and pricing optimization. He also conducts assignments focused on cost elimination/reengineering. He has streamlined functions ranging from customer service to finance to operations. He also assists clients optimize their infrastructure, especially in light of evolving competition.

Recent Publications

Nature versus Nurture: Why do Railroads Carry Greater Freight Share in the United States than in Europe, Jose Vassals and Mark Fagan, Transportation, 34:177-193, 2007.

Catalyzing Institutional Innovation, Yong Shan and Mark Fagan, International Journal of Technology and Globalization, Volume 2, Nos. 3/4, 2006.

Measuring and Explaining Electricity Price Changes in Restructured States, Mark Fagan, The Electricity Journal, Volume 19, Issue 5, June 2006.

Understanding the Patchwork Quilt of Electricity Restructuring in the United States, Mark Fagan, Law and Society Review, School of Law at Pontifical Universidad Catholic del Peru, 2006.

SME Financing in China: Current Situation, Problems and Possible Solutions, Shanghais Zhao and Mark Fagan, Working Paper No. 2, Financial Sector Program Center for Business and Government, Harvard University, June 2005.