The U.S. Competitiveness Project is a research-led effort to understand and
improve the competitiveness of the United States - that is, the ability of firms
operating in the U.S. to compete successfully in the global economy while
supporting high and rising living standards for Americans. The Project focuses
especially on the roles that business leaders do and can play in promoting U.S.
competitiveness. The Project approaches current challenges to U.S.
competitiveness as a matter of global concern, not just an American issue.
The opportunity to change the trajectory of competitiveness in America
In an interview with Justin Fox of Harvard Business Review, Professors Michael
Porter and Jan Rivkin define U.S. competitiveness, explain why it’s crucial to
look at drivers of competitiveness holistically, and call upon all Americans,
especially those in business, to meet the competitiveness challenge by turning
strategy into action.
“While government policy sets the stage, it is companies that ultimately win or
lose in the marketplace,” says Professor Porter.
HBS Survey on U.S. Competitiveness
Harvard Business School asked its alumni
to complete an in-depth survey on U.S. competitiveness. Nearly 10,000 business
leaders responded worldwide, resulting in a first-of-its-kind analysis of data
from a broad group of central actors in the global economy. The survey results
provide strong evidence that America faces a deepening competitiveness problem
and help pinpoint where the roots of the problem lie.
The survey findings inform the March 2012 issue of Harvard Business Review,
which will present analyses of critical areas that drive U.S. competitiveness as
well as action agendas for restoring America's economic vitality.
Has the United States lost its
competitive edge? Have decades of outsourcing and downsizing drained the nation
of its ability to innovate and grow? And if so, what on earth can we do about
it? HBR tackles these questions in the most comprehensive single-topic package
they’ve ever assembled. Some of the world’s most original thinkers explain
the competitiveness challenge America faces and to help point the way forward in
a 14-piece package.