Dante A. Disparte
President, HBS Alumni Club, Washington, D.C.
An Unlikely Prism
Rarely will you find agreement among military brass, business leaders and academics on issues of national security. Yet this convergence occurred between Harvard Business School's (HBS) U.S. Competitiveness Project and The American Security Project (ASP), a bipartisan think-tank that emphasizes a holistic definition of national security to include military and economic strength. Both organizations independently surveyed the state of U.S. competitiveness and came to surprisingly similar conclusions.
HBS, for the first time in its history, is tackling policy issues of national scope. With the full weight of Dean Nitin Nohria's office, competitiveness has fast become a top-of-mind concern among HBS faculty members and the message is being disseminated to the alumni network. This bold undertaking, under the leadership of Professor Michael E. Porter, (credited with codifying the notion of competitive strategy), and Professor Jan W. Rivkin, harnessed the views of more than 10,000 HBS alumni around the world, as well as members of the public.
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05 Dec 2013 - Forbes.com
As U.S. companies expanded globally in the 1970s and 1980s, they started ignoring their hometowns, hurting America and putting companies' long-term profits at risk, Jan Rivkin, professor at Harvard Business School, told a room full of business leaders. The result is that companies' profits have risen thanks to global success while American workers have struggled to keep up.
04 Dec 2013 - Chicago Tribune
Mandatory U.S. budget cuts known as sequestration are resulting in job losses across the country and threaten to undermine U.S. competitiveness in the global economy, industry executives and academics said on Monday, urging Congress to reverse the cuts.
03 Dec 2013 - NPR
Harvard Business School Professor Jan Rivkin discusses implications of the recent PISA 2012 findings with NPR's Claudio Sanchez. The test measures students' proficiency in reading, math and science worldwide, and shows that American 15-year-olds continue to turn in flat results.