U.S. Competitiveness: A Matter of National Security

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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Tags: Challenge, Politics

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