Harvard Business School's U.S. Competitiveness Project co-chairs Michael E. Porter and Jan W. Rivkin meet with members from both sides of the aisle in Washington, D.C., to share HBS research and to propose policy measures for improving America's competitiveness.
The two-day agenda on Capitol Hill kicked off with a bi-partisan media briefing co-hosted by Reps. Tom Rice (R-SC) and John Delaney (D-MD) on July 9, 2013. This provided media with an exclusive opportunity to sit down and chat with Professor Porter and Reps. Rice and Delaney regarding America's long-term, structural challenges, the areas of existing consensus among policymakers on what must be done, and the specific legislative actions that need to be taken to reverse the current trajectory of the American economy.
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30 Jul 2014 - Forbes
Georgia-based Southwire staffed a plant with troubled teens, who proved that hard work can overcome hard knocks. In the process they pioneered a model for education reform nationwide.
"It's a remarkable win-win-win. Students are graduating, the school system loves it, the company makes money. It's mutually beneficial," says Harvard Business School's Jan Rivkin, who has closely studied the company's efforts.
25 Jul 2014 - Bloomberg Businessweek
Critics calling for regulation of alternative lenders have pointed to high borrowing costs, which often top 50 percent on an annualized basis, and lack of transparency, especially among the brokers many lenders rely on to bring in business. On the other hand, "there are some who say the marketplace is solving the problem," said Karen Mills, former head of the Small Business Administration, in a recent interview. "You have innovators and entrepreneurs coming in, and you don't want to get in the way of this too soon."
22 Jul 2014 - Inc.
Karen Mills' Harvard report on the state of small business lending paints a bleak picture, with the exception of technology.