A major new ranking of livability in 132 countries puts the United States in a sobering 16th place. We underperform because our economic and military strengths don't translate into well-being for the average citizen. The Social Progress Index is a brainchild of Michael E. Porter, the eminent Harvard business professor who earlier helped develop the Global Competitiveness Report.
For decades, argues Harvard Business School's Rosabeth Moss Kanter, we have paid for our neglected infrastructure in lost productivity and jobs, but the full bill is coming due.
U.S. corporations donate an estimated $3 billion to $4 billion a year to K-12 education. A new report from HBS, BCG, and the Gates Foundation argues that's not enough. A companion piece explores a survey given to more than 1,100 superintendents nationwide.
Most school superintendents in the United States say businesses are positively influencing their districts, but it's usually in a fragmented, "checkbook philanthropy" way, concludes a study and a white paper released February 6 by Harvard Business School, The Boston Consulting Group, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
HBS and BCG conducted the first-ever nationwide survey of school superintendents on business' role in education and released a report summarizing the findings in February 2014.
New research by BCG, the Gates Foundation, and HBS highlights what business can do to work with education leaders on the urgent task of transforming the nation's education system. (February 2014)
Harvard Business School Professors Michael Porter and Jan Rivkin lay out policy steps for the president and Congress to follow in order to make American companies more competitive and their employees more prosperous.
It's time for business to lead in restoring American competitiveness, rather than waiting for Washington to act, write Harvard Business School professors Michael Porter and Jan Rivkin.
“There is an historic opportunity right now for business and government to work together [to restore U.S. competitiveness].” Professor Porter discusses the eight federal policy priorities that business leaders and policymakers, liberals and conservatives agree will transform America's economic prospects for the better. These include: a sustainable federal budget and corporate tax code reform.
“As long as the United States fails to resolve its longer-term structural challenges, its short-term crises will keep coming back - just like a villain in a bad horror movie - driving a wedge between our aspirations as a nation and our means.” Professor Rivkin discusses the enduring structural issues that beleaguer the United States and its competitiveness.
What can Americans — especially those in the business world — do to increase the ability of U.S. firms to compete successfully in the global economy while raising American living standards?
This is one of the most important and challenging questions facing society today. The Harvard Business School's U.S. Competitiveness Project, led by Professors Michael Porter and Jan Rivkin, will engage some of the world's greatest thinkers to assess U.S. competitiveness and develop actionable recommendations to change America's trajectory.