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Enriching the Ecosystem

Rosabeth Moss Kanter

To remain a leader in innovation, the United States needs the support of foundational institutions that help seed, grow, and renew enterprises. Historically, these institutions--such as universities, venture creators, labor markets, and job-training programs--have tended to operate in silos. But they are far more effective when they're networked. By collaborating to bridge the gaps between them, business, academic, and policy leaders can help generate more ideas, start-ups, company growth, global competitors, and prosperity. In this article, Harvard Business School's Rosabeth Moss Kanter outlines an agenda for strengthening the links between key institutions. Leaders, she argues, should focus on four goals: 1) Linking knowledge creation to venture creation to speed the conversion of ideas into market-ready enterprises; 2) Linking small and large enterprises to promote the growth of younger companies and revitalize large corporations through partnerships with innovative SMEs; 3) Improving the match between education and employment opportunities, through apprenticeship programs and other education-industry links; and 4) Linking leaders across sectors to develop regional strategies and produce scalable models. In all four of these areas, promising models have already begun to emerge. By highlighting the most successful ones and what can be learned from them, Kanter shows how America can create a richer, more competitive business ecosystem.

Read the article here.

Read the working paper, "Enriching the Ecosystem: Forging the Missing Links Between Innovation, Enterprises, and Jobs", here.

Tags: Entrepreneurial, Innovation and Jobs

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  • 05 Mar 2012

    Carl Rianhard

    The convergence of IT and education has been terrific, especially for us in Mexico, where the knowledge gap is so large, people need online learning solutions to make up for decades lost, now knowledge is available real time for citizens all over the country.

  • 05 Mar 2012

    Joseph Yassour, DBA 1979

    Socialism fell first. Then Capitalism. It's time now for something new. Social Capitalism. More responsive governments and societies. No more salary ratio of 100 between the CEO and a simple worker within the same firm. Free education and medical insurance for all. The Scandinavian countries have shown us it is possible. The HBS can help in another way. Declare clearly and loudly that stock brokers have no advantage over the average return of the NYSE and suggest to investors to invest directly, saving the enormous commissions the brokerage firms. This announcement will release thousands of bright people into some more productive jobs.

  • 05 Mar 2012

    Martin Pepper

    I am in the Marine Business, an industry protected from foreign competition by the Jones Act, an anachronsim designed to ensure a US flagged merchant fleet in times of war- a goal that has been lost. I help foreign corporations develop marine businesses overseas using the best practices of US operators. By comparison, I find innovation in the US marine business to be sadly missing because foreign ownership is banned and the management expertise, technology and innovation that would follow do not. Paradoxically, I have benefited from transporting US expertise overseas, but cannot bring it back.

  • 05 Mar 2012

    Frank Lieu

    I have long be retired. My last job was Senior Manufacturing Enginee at the non-existant Micro Automation, Inc., a Unistd of the General Signal, Inc. I am very interested in Globalization and was invited by th former Dean Jay Light to participte the Global Business Summit for the Centennial Celebration of HBS.

  • 05 Mar 2012

    Bill Gluck

    The many calls for capitalism to reinvent itself have triggered a good deal of fresh thinking here.

  • 06 Mar 2012

    Stan Drobac

    Lots of good thinking on the need for removing unnecessary costs of doing business and on the need for investment in the commons, but I haven't heard anyone touch the third rail of increasing taxes (or cutting entitlements) to pay for those investments. How can we pay for the investments that are critical to our future?

  • 06 Mar 2012

    Thomas Bleckwedel

    My company is a German medium size 5th generation family business and has been benefitting from 2 recent german tax laws, one on deferring taxes on income, which remains in the company, the other encouraging heirs to continue their companies and keep employment at at least the same level for ten years (then no inheritance tax!). This frees up considerable amount of money for investments und keeping heirs of companies interested to keep companies going. This in turn will generate new ideas, e.g. how to achieve this goal.