• Setting the Stage: Reviving US Competitiveness and Economic Growth

    27 Dec 2012 - Peterson Institute for International Economics

    Until recently, the debate about tax reform has focused mostly on the corporate side and mostly on the international side, but in the negotiations about the fiscal cliff, the debate has moved into a discussion about individual taxation.

  • For D.C. freshmen, a crash course in U.S. competitiveness

    17 Dec 2012 - Harvard Gazette

    Two Harvard Business School professors warn a group of incoming congressional freshmen that it would be a mistake to separate concerns about the economy from the broader and increasingly urgent problem of America's waning competitiveness in the global world of business.

  • Intel report sees U.S. losing superpower status by 2030

    10 Dec 2012 - USA Today

    A report by the National Intelligence Council predicts that the United States will lose its superpower status by 2030, but that no country -- including China -- will be a hegemonic power. Instead, the report says, power will shift to "networks and coalitions in a multipolar world."

  • Seattle competitive today; what about future?

    10 Dec 2012 - Seattle Times

    The Puget Sound region, for all its strengths, is only a few Chinese leaps in software, airplanes and biotechnology from becoming Akron, Ohio, with ferries, columnist Jon Talton says.

  • Despite lack of skilled manufacturing in U.S., Apple to make new Mac line here

    07 Dec 2012 - Albany Herald

    Apple CEO Tim Cook says that despite the fact that the U.S. lags behind other countries in the level of skilled manufacturing processes and employees, electronics giant Apple will manufacture a line of its popular Mac computers solely in the U.S.

  • Shanghai Gains in Competitiveness List

    05 Dec 2012 - China Daily

    Shanghai is likely to overtake Hong Kong in just a few years to become China's most competitive city, according to a report published by the China Institute of City Competitiveness.

  • Thinking competitively about China

    04 Dec 2012 - Foreign Policy

    Does the United States benefit from having a strategic competitor? We share the common assessment that the U.S.-China relationship will be the most important geopolitical relationship this century. But is this competition from China merely a threat, or also potentially an opportunity for the U.S.? We think it can be the latter.

  • Getting ready for a new era in U.S.-Mexico ties

    03 Dec 2012 - CNN

    U.S.-Mexico relations have been dominated for the past six years by efforts to address drug trafficking and organized crime-related violence. This was the right thing to do while violence spiked in Mexico, but with a new administration in office after the swearing in of President Enrique Pe√Īa Nieto over the weekend, the time has come to re-balance the bilateral relationship.

  • What is the State of the U.S. Manufacturing Sector?

    02 Dec 2012 - Bloomberg TV

    Willy Shih, Harvard Business School professor and chairman at QD Vision, discusses the United States manufacturing sector. He speaks on Bloomberg Television's "Bloomberg Surveillance."

  • What Washington must do now

    01 Dec 2012 - The Economist

    America's success in restoring competitiveness will define the opportunities and economic mobility of American citizens as well as America's influence in the world, according to Harvard Business School's Michael Porter and Jan Rivkin.

  • Michael Porter on Competitiveness

    27 Nov 2012 - The Economist

    Video Harvard Business School Professor Michael E. Porter, a co-leader of the United States Competitiveness Project, suggests three simple and bipartisan actions that may help boost productivity in the US.

  • Increasing US Competitiveness: Building a New Relationship Between Business and Academia

    26 Nov 2012 - Huffington Post

    At Rochester Institute of Technology, working together with several corporate representatives, we have developed a template agreement in which the university agrees to a different kind of research relationship with an interested company.

  • Trade Deal Between U.S. and Europe May Come to the Forefront

    26 Nov 2012 - New York Times

    A free-trade agreement between the United States and Europe, elusive for more than a decade but with a potentially huge economic effect, is gaining momentum and may finally be attainable, business and political leaders say.

  • U.S. Economy Faces Challenges But Optimism Remains

    22 Nov 2012 - The Atlantic

    The United States faces a number of steep economic challenges to its continued economic growth, but a group of business and policy experts said they believe the Obama administration, working with Congress, can solve daunting short-term issues that threaten to derail economic recovery.

  • US economists say solar competitiveness "may never arrive"

    21 Nov 2012 - Renewables magazine

    Analysts at AllianceBernstein doubt that solar will ever become cheap enough to compete without subsidies ‚" and they cite Germany as an example.

  • Reducing Debt and Other Measures for Improving U.S. Competitiveness

    21 Nov 2012 - National Center for Policy Analysis

    American competitiveness is at risk as the burden of the national debt continues to take its toll on the economy, say Jason J. Fichtner and Jakina R. Debnam of the Mercatus Center.

  • Competition on the Cliff

    20 Nov 2012 - CNBC

    Harvard Business School Professor Michael E. Porter on US competitiveness and the "fiscal cliff."

  • CEOs Discuss U.S. Competitiveness

    20 Nov 2012 - Bloomberg Businessweek

    Video Samuel R. Allen, chief executive officer for Deere & Co., James Hagedorn, CEO for Scotts Miracle-Gro Co., Keith D. Nosbusch, CEO for Rockwell Automation Inc., Michael E. Porter, professor at Harvard Business School, and Edward M. Smith, CEO for Ullico, Inc., talk about U.S. productivity and economic growth outlook. They speak at the National Competitiveness Forum in Washington. Bloomberg's Al Hunt moderates.

  • Fortune: What Business Should Do to Restore US Competitiveness

    20 Nov 2012 - Fortune

    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.

  • Obama's 4 Biggest Economic Challenges

    20 Nov 2012 - US News and World Report

    A recent survey of Harvard Business School graduates found 58 percent expect U.S. competitiveness to worsen over the next three years. This would be a good time for Obama to prove them wrong.

  • Harvard panel examines Big 3 rebound

    19 Nov 2012 - Detroit News

    The rebound of Detroit's Big Three automakers is a real-world success story, but professors from Harvard Business School think Motown's comeback deserves a place in the classroom, too.

  • Protecting the American Dream Should Be the President's Top Priority

    19 Nov 2012 - Huffington Post

    For the first time in our lives, the promise of upward mobility -- the core of the American Dream -- can no longer be taken for granted. The top priority for President Obama is to enact policies that support job growth and reduce worker anxieties.

  • Report: U.S. competitiveness in manufacturing on the wane

    19 Nov 2012 - Bloomberg News

    The United States will slip to fifth place from third in manufacturing competitiveness in the next five years as India and Brazil race ahead, according to a report published Friday.

  • Obama's New Cabinet: Time for a Strong Commerce Secretary

    17 Nov 2012 - Council on Foreigjn Relations

    As President Obama mulls over the appointments for his second term cabinet, there's one job that deserves a much higher priority than it's had in the recent past: the Commerce Secretary.

  • Harvard on Detroit: It's a long road to recovery, but our "Vacancy" sign is clear to all

    17 Nov 2012 - The Hub

    Wanna be a rock star? Come to Detroit. That's one takeaway a group of Harvard Business School professors had Thursday night during a presentation on their year-long project on U.S. competitiveness.

  • Many U.S. shippers face limited rail choices

    17 Nov 2012 - Delaware Online

    Shippers say the limited choices many face give railroads too much power, which allows them to dictate price increases or arbitrarily impose extra fees, such as for diesel fuel to power their locomotives.

  • Many U.S. shippers face limited rail choices

    17 Nov 2012 - Delaware Online

    Shippers say the limited choices many face give railroads too much power, which allows them to dictate price increases or arbitrarily impose extra fees, such as for diesel fuel to power their locomotives.

  • How the United States Can Maintain Its Global Edge

    13 Nov 2012 - The Atlantic

    Over the next four years, U.S. President Barack Obama has an opportunity to help the U.S. remain competitive in a rapidly globalizing, recalibrating world.

  • How States and Localities Can Get Off the Economic Development Treadmill

    09 Nov 2012 - Governing

    Turning around the U.S. economy, and by extension the 50 state and thousands of local economies, will require a robust national innovation and competitiveness strategy focused on what we call the four "T's": corporate Tax reduction and reform; increased public investment in Technology and Talent, and much tougher Trade enforcement.

  • U.S. businesses seek a more competitive economy

    09 Nov 2012 - USA Today

    Next week, a coalition of business leaders will press a longer-term to-do list on Washington's politicians. Its 200 items include cutting corporate taxes, streamlining regulations, upgrading the nation's crumbling infrastructure and creating a more highly skilled workforce.

  • These Are the Cities That Can Show Us How to Create Jobs

    08 Nov 2012 - The Atlantic

    To better understand what actually works to get the economy moving again, the administration should look at the nation's most successful cities and metro areas.

  • To Lead Change as an Incumbent, Obama Needs New Allies

    08 Nov 2012 - Harvard Business Review

    In an open letter to President Obama, Rosabeth Moss Kanter advises, "You have been reelected at a time when no one is satisfied with the status quo. You must show that your are serious about solving problems by a willingness to act quickly on a big, national campaign to get action throughout the country."

  • Government's Role in Innovation

    07 Nov 2012 - WGBH Radio-Boston

    Harvard Business School Professor Rosabeth Moss Kanter joins Bhaskar Chakravorti, senior associate dean at the Fletcher School at Tufts University, to discuss what role government has in fostering innovation.

  • The Risks of Reviving a Revived Economy

    07 Nov 2012 - Time

    History shows that four to five years after a financial crisis is usually when a country either moves slowly but surely into a sustained recovery or lapses back into recession.

  • Electric Vehicles Strengthen US Competitiveness

    07 Nov 2012 - Huffington Post

    Pew's research indicates that for the United States to compete effectively in the rapidly expanding clean energy sector and reduce dependence on foreign oil, we must adopt national policies that will spur private investment in technologies such as plug-in electronic vehicles.

  • A New U.S. War: Restoring Our Competitiveness

    30 Oct 2012 -

    If the United States economy is to restore itself to earlier levels of full employment, prosperity and financial soundness, the American manufacturing community must engage in a national effort to resurrect its global competitiveness.

  • Is America Losing the Battle for Tech Talent?

    30 Oct 2012 - EBNOnline

    America has always been a nation of immigrants. Ever since the first colonists came over from Europe, wave after wave of people from foreign lands have moved here in search of a better life. But today, we are turning away the best and the brightest among them, and that is hurting the competitiveness of the United States. That's the starting point of Vivek Wadhwa's e-book, The Immigrant Exodus: Why America is Losing the Global Race to Capture Entrepreneurial Talent, published by Wharton Digital Press in September.

  • A New U.S. War: Restoring Our Competitiveness

    29 Oct 2012 -

    If the United States economy is to restore itself to earlier levels of full employment, prosperity and financial soundness, the American manufacturing community must engage in a national effort to resurrect its global competitiveness.

  • U.S. immigration choice: Education vs. diversity, or both?

    23 Oct 2012 -

    The United States can award special green cards for permanent residency to foreign scientists and engineers or it can give out the visas in a random global lottery, but it cannot do both.

  • WSJ: Executives Lack Confidence in U.S. Competitiveness - Survey

    18 Oct 2012 - Wall Street Journal

    Executives from around the world are profoundly pessimistic about the ability of companies operating in the U.S. to compete in the global economy and to pay high wages to American workers, a survey of more than 6,800 Harvard Business School alumni found.

  • Vivek Wadhwa: Stop the U.S. Highly-Skilled 'Immigrant Exodus' Now

    16 Oct 2012 - Time

    In the midst of a hotly contested presidential race in which immigration is a key issue, forget about actual immigration reform anytime soon. As per usual, U.S. politicians are all talk, but no action.

  • U.S. Needs a Growth Strategy: Larry Summers

    12 Oct 2012 -

    Former White House economic advisor Larry Summers warned Thursday that a failure to address the fiscal cliff would make things worse as the U.S. economy now is at "critical juncture", but tackling the fiscal challenge needs long-term vision on growth.

  • US confirms tariffs on China's solar industry

    11 Oct 2012 - The Hill

    The United States hit China with tariffs as high as 250 percent on Wednesday for selling solar cells below fair value, while also imposing a separate 16 percent tariff to counteract Chinese subsidies to its solar firms.

  • U.S. Universities Dominate World Rankings, For Now

    10 Oct 2012 - Council on Foreign Relations

    The improved ratings for Asian universities, and especially Chinese and Indian universities, are to be expected. The rise of China and India as economic powerhouses makes it almost inevitable that their institutions of higher learning will become powerhouses as well.

  • RPT-China options limited as U.S. panel outcasts Huawei, ZTE

    10 Oct 2012 - Reuters

    China's leading telecom equipment makers accused in a U.S. congressional report of being a potential security risk may face fresh scrutiny in other markets, while American firms operating in China could be vulnerable to retaliation.

  • A class-action blow to U.S. manufacturing

    09 Oct 2012 - Washington Times

    The U.S. Supreme Court has until Friday to determine whether it will hear an appeal involving a class-action lawsuit against Whirlpool, the nation's largest washing machine manufacturer. Until then, the future of all manufacturing in the United States hangs in the balance.

  • National leaders meet to discuss manufacturing innovation

    08 Oct 2012 - Lehigh University

    A group of national leaders seeking to make the United States more globally competitive chose Lehigh University for their venue this week when they met to discuss manufacturing and innovation. The event was sponsored by the Washington D.C.-based Council on Competitiveness, the Allentown, Pa.-based company Air Products, and Lehigh.

  • Common ground key to building businesses

    03 Oct 2012 - Chicago Tribune

    Harvard Business School's U.S. Competitiveness Project aims to engage local leaders, find paths to prosperity

  • Decline in immigrant entre¬≠pre¬≠neur¬≠ship threatens U.S. competitiveness¬≠¬≠¬≠

    03 Oct 2012 - Washington Post

    The once steady rise in immigrant entrepreneurship has stalled in the United States, threatening to further slow an already sluggish economic recovery.

  • 50 ways to increase US manufacturing competitiveness

    01 Oct 2012 - Digital Manufacturing

    The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation has released a report documenting "Fifty Ways to Leave Your Competitiveness Woes Behind: A National Traded Sector Competitiveness Strategy." The authors' recommendations aim to help reinvigorate US manufacturing based around the "4T's" -- technology, trade, tax and talent.

  • Producing Prosperity: Why America Needs a Manufacturing Renaissance

    27 Sep 2012 -

    In "Producing Prosperity", Harvard Business School professors Gary Pisano and Willy Shih show the disastrous consequences of years of poor sourcing decisions and underinvestment in US manufacturing capabilities. They reveal how today's undervalued manufacturing operations often hold the seeds of tomorrow's innovative new products, arguing that companies must reinvest in new product and process development in the U.S. industrial sector.

  • Should Manufacturing Jobs Be 'Re-shored' to the U.S.?

    27 Sep 2012 - Knowledge@Wharton

    Why are firms placing a huge bet on what some analysts are now calling "re-shoring"? And what factors should global managers take into consideration when they decide whether or not to bring manufacturing lines back to the U.S.?

  • Regulatory policy puts the US at disadvantage, says report

    27 Sep 2012 - The Daily Caller

    The United States has become less competitive internationally and government regulations are a major factor, according to a report by the Mercatus Center at George Mason University.

  • ITIF Report Details 50 Policies to Bolster U.S. "Traded Sector" Competitiveness

    26 Sep 2012 - Information Technology and Innovation Foundation

    A comprehensive strategy aimed at strengthening U.S. establishments competing in global markets is needed for the United States to boost short-term recovery and long-term prosperity, according to a report released today by the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation.

  • Sharpening America's Competitive Edge

    24 Sep 2012 - CNBC

    Harvard Business School Dean Nitin Nohria and Professor Michael Porter discuss America's declining competitiveness and possible solutions. Their appearance begins at about the 1:20 mark.

  • Time to overhaul the U.S. international tax rules

    21 Sep 2012 - Business Round Table

    A Senate hearing this week demonstrated yet again why it's time to modernize U.S. tax rules so companies can compete around the world and in the process create jobs back home in the United States.

  • US set for industrial revival, says study

    21 Sep 2012 - Financial Times

    The US is on course to regain its status as a global industrial powerhouse, in spite of indications in recent months that the recovery is running out of steam, says a study published on Friday.

  • WTO Filing a Step Toward Enhancing Competitiveness

    20 Sep 2012 - Progressive Policy Institute

    Many so-called experts have mocked the Obama Administration's latest trade action against China as being fundamentally useless, the economic equivalent of spitting into the wind. After all, factory job seem like a relic of the past. Yet by our calculations, the U.S. could regain 4 million jobs in manufacturing at relatively low cost--if we follow the right policies.

  • Why US economy imploded and why recovery is so slow

    20 Sep 2012 - The Hill

    We must rebuild the American economic engine--which is the one-third of the U.S. economy that competes in global markets and that shrinks if it loses that competition.

  • Which Country Is the Most Competitive for Business?

    19 Sep 2012 -

    Some nations are better at attracting businesses than others, and as the global economy continues to struggle, getting more companies to invest in a nation has become a necessity for maintaining financial strength. Where does the U.S. fall in the worldwide rankings, and how can we improve?

  • U.S. Rep. Scott Garrett says vote against manufacturing competitiveness act was fiscally motivated

    15 Sep 2012 -

    The American Manufacturing Competitiveness Act directs the president to submit a plan to Congress each term to promote the growth of the nation's manufacturing sector and to post his plan on the Internet.

  • US Manufacturing May be Coming Back - but not Because of Rising Chinese Labor Costs

    14 Sep 2012 - Supply Chain Digest

    A new report from PWC says there is a good chance the US will see a growth in manufacturing and reshoring. But unlike most others analyses, it doesn't see rising wages in China as a key factor.

  • Jeff Immelt gives positive assessment of U.S. economy

    14 Sep 2012 - Wall Street Cheat Sheet

    The chairman and CEO of General Electric outlined five areas where he believes the United States needs improvement: the number of math and science majors should double, the manufacturing sector should increase, globalization has to be accepted, energy independence is necessary, and the value placed on training and education should be greater.

  • Save Us, Creativity!

    14 Sep 2012 - Huffington Post

    We have waited too long and cut too much to believe that ordinary creativity will be enough to move us once again to the front of the competitive class. We now need to be creative about being creative.

  • Video: Forum on American Competitiveness

    12 Sep 2012 - YouTube

    Speakers at the forum included former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright; Harvard Business School Professor Michael Porter; and Aspen Institute CEO Walter Isaacson. Former presidential advisor David Gergen moderated the event.

  • Harvard's 'wise men' tell Silicon Valley: Our country is losing its competitiveness

    12 Sep 2012 - VentureBeat

    Three Harvard Business School professors made a stop in Silicon Valley to warn that the economic competitiveness of the United States is lagging. Their message was laced with hopes that entrepreneurship will save the country, but the facts they carried with them would depress members of any political party.

  • Trade Deficit Details Reveal Continuing Competitiveness and Policy Failures

    11 Sep 2012 -

    The slight 0.25 percent increase in the overall U.S. trade deficit in July concealed big deficit increases in categories critical to restoring American prosperity and preserving global economic leadership--manufacturing and high tech products.

  • Deloitte : US Must Transcend Political Gridlock to Address America's Unemployment

    10 Sep 2012 - Deloitte LLP

    Job creation in the United States is hampered by supply and demand, but not in a traditional sense, according to new research from Deloitte. Specifically, the demand for highly skilled and adaptable workers is accelerating, but the skill set of the country's available talent is either outdated or out of stock, Deloitte reports.

  • Corporate taxes: What Obama and Romney would do

    10 Sep 2012 - CNN Money

    Policymakers last overhauled the corporate tax system 26 years ago. The economy, international trade and technology have changed drastically since then.

  • Survey finds US competitive ranking down again

    06 Sep 2012 - Associated Press

    The United States' ability to compete on the global stage has fallen for the fourth year running as confidence in the country's politicians continues to decline, an annual survey from the World Economic Forum found Wednesday.

  • A New Look at U.S. Economic Competitiveness

    06 Sep 2012 - US News and World Report

    Michael Porter and his colleagues at Harvard Business School have taken a new look at national competitiveness, one that raises deep questions about our economy, our businesses, and our politics.

  • Behind the New View of Globalization

    04 Sep 2012 - New York Times

    The causes of this country's declining competitiveness is discouragingly long: crumbling infrastructure, inadequate educational performance, stifling regulation and a cumbersome tax system. But it might not take that much to tip the scales in favor of the United States.

  • Who's afraid of China and India?

    04 Sep 2012 - Washington Post

    The Chinese and Indians can plan all they want, but market forces have a way of crushing state-supported optimism. Because of its stronger social cohesion, economic flexibility and educational strength, the United States will remain the most popular haven for foreign investment.

  • Trade and China

    04 Sep 2012 - Forbes

    Protectionism is inefficient, subject to public choice problems, and likely to lead to our trade partners to engage in retaliatory protectionism.

  • Obesity weighs down U.S. competitiveness

    29 Aug 2012 - Dallas Morning News

    Business groups complain that taxes, regulations and unfair trade practices hurt their international competitiveness. Now, we can add the weight of the American workforce to that list.

  • Manufacturing is growing stronger in the U.S., but planning and investment necessary to maintain and strengthen competitiveness

    28 Aug 2012 - Medical Design Technology

    According to a new report titled "U.S. Manufacturing Competitiveness Initiative: Dialogue on Next Generation Supply Networks and Logistics," manufacturing in the U.S. is growing stronger. However, maintaining and strengthening America's competitiveness in the global market will require a tremendous measure of planning, effort, and focused financial investment.

  • Latest CCMR Study Shows Further Decline In U.S. Capital Market Competitiveness

    27 Aug 2012 - Committee on Capital Markets Regulation

    The Committee on Capital Markets Regulation, an independent and nonpartisan research organization dedicated to improving regulation and enhancing the competitiveness of U.S. capital markets, today released data from the second quarter of 2012.

  • US lags behind in broadband access

    24 Aug 2012 - Global Post

    The US is still lagging behind other developed nations in levels of broadband internet availability. Nineteen million Americans still lack broadband access, according to the Eight Broadband Progress Report, issued by the Federal Communications Commission.

  • 8 Steps for Closing the Skills Gap

    22 Aug 2012 - Huffington Post

    Eight ways that manufacturers can prepare a new generation of workers for a smarter and stronger manufacturing future.

  • The Competition that Really Matters

    22 Aug 2012 - Center for American Progress

    To position the United States for the future, substantial investments are needed in research, infrastructure, and education. The most important of these areas to address, however, is education, a key driver of economic competitiveness in the long term.

  • Transportation choke points could threaten global competitiveness of U.S. soybeans

    21 Aug 2012 - Progressive Railroading

    The United Soybean Board reports that transportation reliability and efficiency will be taxed as soybean production and global demand rises, threatening the agricultural product's ability to remain competitive on a worldwide scale.

  • Can America Compete? Strategies for Economic Revival

    20 Aug 2012 - Harvard Magazine

    Does the United States face insoluble economic challenges? In the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis and subsequent recession, growth has been sluggish--with unemployment devastating far too many Americans. Yet the real problem, obscured by this acute, cyclical downturn, may be a long-term erosion of competitiveness in a more challenging global economic era.

  • US: 2011 Wind technology report

    16 Aug 2012 - Climate Economics Blog

    The Energy Department released a new report highlighting strong growth in the U.S. wind energy market in 2011, increasing the U.S. share of clean energy and supporting tens of thousands of jobs, and underscoring the importance of continued policy support and clean energy tax credits.

  • China Deal to Acquire U.S. Battery Maker is Just the Beginning

    14 Aug 2012 - Wall Street Journal China

    How can America possibly sustain its culture of innovation when assets are so vulnerable to cherry picking by cash-rich Chinese companies? This issue — not last month's unemployment rate — should be the central issue as the U.S. tries to decide who will be its president for the next four years.

  • China's slowing economy could complicate relationship with U.S.

    13 Aug 2012 - Washington Post

    The Chinese economy on Friday showed worrisome signs of slowing down, a development that not only threatens global economic growth but also may complicate the relationship between China and the United States.

  • Should the U.S. Seek More Tech Manufacturing?

    06 Aug 2012 - New York Times

    What policies, if any, should the United States pursue to encourage high-tech manufacturers like Apple to build their products in America rather than largely in Asia?

  • In Pursuit of Nissan, a Jobs Lesson for the Tech Industry?

    06 Aug 2012 - New York Times

    The migration of Japanese auto manufacturing to the United States over the last 30 years offers a case study in how the unlikeliest of transformations can unfold.

  • US losing lead in space competitiveness

    03 Aug 2012 -

    The United States remains the overall leader in space competitiveness, but its relative position has declined for the fifth straight year, according to a new report.

  • Crowd Sourced Innovation and competitiveness: How to encourage the next great U.S. inventions

    03 Aug 2012 - Washington Post

    Few doubt that to grow, the nation must innovate -- but how? We invite readers to post their specific ideas for accelerating development of the products, technologies and ideas we need to compete in global markets.

  • China's advantages counteract rising pay: Analysts

    29 Jul 2012 - International Herald Tribune

    Rapid wage increases are threatening China's competitiveness, but improved productivity and other advantages mean it will continue to attract investors, analysts say.

  • U.S. is Losing 'Currency War'

    23 Jul 2012 -

    With the dollar clearly strengthening, and with the economy in the U.S. softening, many are wondering if the U.S. is losing the currency war.

  • Energy independence key to U.S. competitiveness

    23 Jul 2012 - UPI Outside View

    While China is busy raising skyscrapers, America seems content to raise only objections. The United States can never be truly independent without the power to compete.

  • No tax escape for foreign earnings of U.S. companies

    23 Jul 2012 - Charlotte Observer

    It's not surprising that large multinational corporations strongly support a territorial tax system, which, they say, would make them more competitive with foreign rivals. What they don't say, and what President Obama stresses, is that eliminating federal taxes on foreign profits would create a powerful incentive for companies to shift even more jobs and investment overseas.

  • Apparel imports boost U.S. jobs

    20 Jul 2012 - Politico

    Aside from generating U.S. jobs, global trade in the clothing manufacturing industry drives competitiveness, brings value to American families, and harnesses opportunities for U.S. companies to sell their products to customers all around the world, according to the American Apparel and Footwear Association.

  • Job Creation and Keeping the US Competitive

    20 Jul 2012 - MSNBC Morning Joe

    Harvard's Michael Porter and the Washington Post's Eugene Robinson join Morning Joe to discuss job creation in the U.S. and how to keep the country competitive. Some of Porter's suggestions include simplifying the tax code and creating a sustainable federal budget. "The solutions are not difficult--it's political will," says Porter.

  • Government Investment Trumps Tax Relief In Restoring American Competitiveness

    19 Jul 2012 - Investor's Business Daily

    We need a tax and regulatory structure that creates strong incentives for businesses to flourish. The thing is, we already have one.

  • An Internal Failure To Innovate Is America's Greatest Global Threat

    18 Jul 2012 - Forbes

    The United States is still the leader in biomedicine, and holds strong advantages in innovation. But each new study repeats significant warnings--trends that we must reverse.

  • The U.S. Medical Device Industry in 2012: Challenges at Home and Abroad

    17 Jul 2012 - MDDI Online

    Revenue in the device industry will not grow as quickly over the next five years, and the increasingly strict regulatory environment will remain a significant hindrance.

  • Mapping the Demand for H-1B Immigrant Workers

    16 Jul 2012 - The Brookings Institution

    To better understand the occupational and employer trends for the H-1B visa across metropolitan America, we have conducted the first-ever spatial analysis of the demand for H-1B workers. It reveals the regions and employers requesting the highest number of H-1B workers, as well as information on the programs funded by H-1B visa fees for skills training and science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education for the existing U.S. workforce.

  • Senate committee to review 'global competitiveness' of US airlines

    16 Jul 2012 - The Hill

    A key Senate committee will hold a hearing this week about the competitiveness of U.S. airlines in the international aviation industry.

  • New Silicon Valley patent office expected to spur innovation and reduce litigation

    12 Jul 2012 - San Jose Mercury News

    The new satellite U.S. Patent and Trademark Office planned for the region is expected to streamline the process of protecting innovative ideas that once again have turned this region into a job-creating powerhouse.

  • Outsourcing: Sorting Through the Politics

    11 Jul 2012 - CNBC

    The problem is not outsourcing but rather it is inappropriate outsourcing--purchasing abroad products that could be made as or more cost-effectively at home. Those swell the trade deficit, which imposes great costs, and both President Obama and Governor Romney own some of that problem.

  • Does a Skills Gap Contribute to Unemployment?

    09 Jul 2012 - New York Times

    While job growth continues to be tepid and millions remain unemployed, many employers say they have jobs they can't fill because they can't find qualified workers. But is there really a skills gap or are companies simply not doing enough to find and train workers?

  • Greater access, more equal higher education are key to competitiveness

    09 Jul 2012 - University World News

    The United States is at risk of losing its competitive advantage in the global marketplace unless it ensures greater and more equal access to higher education, according to a survey released by the OECD.

  • Three years into recovery, just how much has state and local austerity hurt job growth?

    06 Jul 2012 - The Economic Policy Institute

    The most glaring weakness in the current recovery relative to previous ones is the unprecedented public-sector job loss seen over the last three years.

  • We're number ... 24? How the U.S. stacks up

    05 Jul 2012 - Los Angeles Times

    As the United States celebrates its independence, where does it stand in the world? The glut of global rankings generated by think tanks, nonprofit groups and global agencies gives a jumbled picture of how the U.S. stacks up on everything from happiness to health spending.

  • Google: Why it is manufacturing Nexus Q in US

    03 Jul 2012 - Reuters

    When Google Inc decided to build its Nexus Q home entertainment device in Silicon Valley rather than in China, it was not fretting about the bottom line. It was fretting about speed.

  • Airbus to Build U.S. Assembly Line for A320

    02 Jul 2012 - New York Times

    Airbus, the European airplane maker, announced Monday that it would invest $600 million over the next five years to build an assembly line here for its popular A320 single-aisle jet — its first factory in the United States.

  • New York, London and Tokyo most competitive cities in the world: CASS

    28 Jun 2012 -

    Among cities, New York, London and Tokyo are some of the strongest competitors in the world. Even so, their dominance is being threatened by the ongoing economic crisis, a top Chinese think tank said in a report.

  • IBM, lab join hands to boost US competitiveness

    27 Jun 2012 - ComputerWorld

    IBM is joining hands with the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory to develop technology, products and processes critical to the U.S. infrastructure in an effort to boost the global competitiveness of the country.

  • U.S. could lose out when Russia joins the World Trade Organization

    26 Jun 2012 - Scripps News

    The Cold War ended a while ago. But it is about to be refought on a limited basis as the U.S. House and Senate face a late July deadline to change a 1974 law and make a new trade ally out of an old political enemy. Driving the legislative decision is a chance to give permanent normal trade relations status to a country that now boasts the world's sixth-largest economy.

  • OECD: United States Losing its Edge in Innovation

    26 Jun 2012 - IndustryWeek

    The United States is losing its edge in innovation, and needs to implement strong pro-innovation policies as well as education reform, according to a new study by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.

  • Foreign Languages and U.S. Economic Competitiveness

    26 Jun 2012 - Council on Foreign Relations

    U.S. growth will increasingly depend on selling goods and services to foreign consumers who do not necessarily speak English. Yet American students are woefully unprepared to do that.

  • US Congress Looks To Extend AGOA

    26 Jun 2012 -

    Bipartisan bills have been introduced in both the Senate and the House of Representatives to continue the expansion of United States trade with sub-Saharan Africa and Central America, by means of extending and changing key provisions of the African Growth and Opportunity Act and the Dominican Republic-Central America-US free trade agreement.

  • Harvard's prescription for a broken American political system

    25 Jun 2012 - Fortune

    Is there any hope for America's political process? Not much, was the answer from the group of Harvard Business School faculty gathered in Washington D.C.'s Newseum last week.

  • How Can Mature Economies Achieve Stronger Global Competitiveness?

    22 Jun 2012 - What They Think

    Conference Board Chief Economist Bart van Ark analyzes how mature economies can achieve even stronger competitiveness.

  • Harvard Business School to Convene More Than 400 Leaders in Washington to Discuss the Business and Politics of Improving U.S. Competitiveness

    21 Jun 2012 - PR Newswire

    Leaders from the U.S. Senate, Small Business Administration, media, business and labor will join HBS in an interactive discussion about areas of agreement around the actionable steps that can be taken to address America's structural competitiveness challenges

  • EU and U.S. inch toward talks on free trade area

    21 Jun 2012 - Reuters

    The United States and the European Union on Wednesday inched closer to starting negotiations on a long-awaited free trade deal, with the release of a report calling for wide-ranging market opening and mutual acceptance of product standards.

  • IBM, Lab Join Hands to Boost US Competitiveness

    20 Jun 2012 - PC World

    IBM is joining hands with the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory to develop new technology, products and processes critical to the U.S. infrastructure in an effort to boost the global competitiveness of the country.

  • Can the U.S. Revitalize its Infrastructure?

    20 Jun 2012 - IndustryWeek

    Pushing the limits of an aging infrastructure, U.S. manufacturers face a future of increasing costs and instability unless new technologies and new investments can rejuvinate the system.

  • Silicon Valley Needs a Foreign Policy

    20 Jun 2012 - Foreign Affairs

    Before defining an ideal high-tech foreign economic policy, one has to recognize that, as often as not, the sources of most policy lay in particular economic interests. When the interests are as politically sophisticated, organized, and strategic as agriculture and energy, then they successfully articulate and lobby for their own agenda. That has not been the case with Silicon Valley.

  • Will immigration reform spur economic growth? Yes, it will keep us competitive

    18 Jun 2012 - Arizona Daily Star

    Today, as we face a sluggish economic recovery and persistently high unemployment, immigrants can strengthen our efforts to grow the economy, create jobs and keep America competitive. But to truly leverage the talent, energy, ideas and hard work of immigrants, we must adopt rational reforms to our immigration system. What's at stake if we don't? Innovation, growth and jobs.

  • Senate's Baucus sees opportunity to reshape Tax Code

    18 Jun 2012 - Bloomberg

    Congress has a once-in-a-generation opportunity to rewrite the U.S. Tax Code to promote job growth and reduce the federal budget deficit, said Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus.

  • America Needs Policy Reform to Better Compete for Foreign Investment

    15 Jun 2012 - Forbes

    The Global Investment in American Jobs Act -- introduced in the Senate last week -- calls for an assessment of U.S. policies that influence decisions by foreigners about investing in the United States.

  • Pew survey finds China seen as top economic power

    14 Jun 2012 - Associated Press

    For the first time, people responding to a global survey are more likely to view China and not the United States as the world's leading economic power.

  • New Study on U.S. Natural Gas Exports

    13 Jun 2012 - Council on Foreign Relations

    Booming U.S. shale gas production has prompted a series of firms to apply for permission to export liquefied natural gas (LNG) from the United States. This prospect has become controversial: some see an opportunity to gain from trade and to shake up global gas markets; others fear environmental damage, higher consumer costs, and lost manufacturing competitiveness.

  • America has more competitive advantages than we may think.

    12 Jun 2012 - Barron's

    U.S. competitiveness was ranked second for 2011 for by the IMD, behind Hong Kong. The bad news is that it was first in 2010 and most years before, but it's worth contemplating the advantages that a group of international business executives and analysts still can find in the U.S. economy.

  • Vestas CEO sees US market down 80 pct in 2013

    11 Jun 2012 - Reuters

    The head of the world's biggest wind turbine maker, Vestas, says that the U.S. wind turbine market is likely to fall by 80 percent next year because of the expected expiration of an important tax credit.

  • US lawmakers seek to boost foreign investment share

    11 Jun 2012 - Reuters

    A bipartisan group of lawmakers on Thursday are calling for action to boost the US share of global foreign investment, which has fallen 50 per cent over the past decade as companies pour money into faster-growing economies.

  • America's New Energy Reality

    09 Jun 2012 - New York Times

    America's new energy reality requires a new way of thinking and talking about the country's improving energy position and how to facilitate this growth in an environmentally sound way--recognizing the considerable benefits this will bring in an era of economic uncertainty.

  • The State of Trade, Competitiveness and Economic Well-being in the U.S.-Mexico Border Region

    07 Jun 2012 - Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

    More than a billion dollars of goods are traded across the US-Mexico border each day. With so much commerce, efficient and secure border management is essential to promote the competitiveness and economic well-being of not only the border region, but also the interior states of the US and Mexico. This report identifies strategies to meet the challenge of the dual mandate to manage the border in a manner that promotes security and trade at the same time.

  • US official urges repeal of Russia trade law

    05 Jun 2012 - Associated Press

    U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk said Thursday that the repeal of a U.S. law that can be used to put trade restrictions on Russia is a top priority for his office this year.

  • US official urges repeal of Russia trade law

    05 Jun 2012 - Associated Press

    U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk said Thursday that the repeal of a U.S. law that can be used to put trade restrictions on Russia is a top priority for his office this year.

  • Clean Energy: Revisiting the Challenges of Industrial Policy

    04 Jun 2012 - The Brookings Institution

    Governments in most industrial countries have stepped up their promotion of clean energy technology in recent years, and the US is no longer a laggard in this area.

  • U.S. tariffs on Chinese solar panels could slow industry

    04 Jun 2012 - EE Times

    The Commerce Department's decision to slap a stiff tariff on solar panels from China is projected to increase solar electricity prices in the United States, affect demand for solar panels and hurt U.S. jobs.

  • Michael Porter on Taxes

    04 Jun 2012 - CNN

    Professor Michael Porter discusses potential changes to U.S. tax policies and regulations, and how they could boost competitiveness. "We are not confronting and solving problems," Porter says in this video interview.

  • Widening Secret Patents Seen as Costing Inventors' Rights

    30 May 2012 - Bloomberg BusinessWeek

    Congress is asking whether sensitive patent applications should be kept under wraps to protect them from economic espionage, a question that implies curbing the ability of inventors to promote their ideas globally.

  • Obama administration launches multi-agency competition to strengthen advanced manufacturing clusters

    29 May 2012 - US Department of Labor News Release

    The Obama administration announced a $26 million multi-agency Advanced Manufacturing Jobs and Innovation Accelerator Challenge to foster innovation-fueled job creation through public-private partnerships.

  • Flat U.S. Wages Help Fuel Rebound in Manufacturing .

    28 May 2012 - The Wall Street Journal

    The celebrated revival of U.S. manufacturing employment has been accompanied by a less-lauded fact: Wages for many manufacturing workers aren't keeping up with inflation.

  • Morning Joe: Fundamental Changes Required to Boost US Competitiveness

    24 May 2012 - MSNBC

    Professor Michael Porter joins a roundtable discussion on a potential Romney administration, Wall Street regulations, and the fundamental issues facing the US as a worldwide economic competitor. The 7-minute conversation on competitiveness begins at about the 8:40 mark of the video.

  • Restoring U.S. Competitiveness: The Impact of Policy on Strategic Business Planning & Global Investment

    23 May 2012 - Center for Public Policy Innovation

    Today, the Center for Public Policy Innovation (CPPI), a not-for-profit educational think tank, published Restoring U.S. Competitiveness: The Impact of Policy on Strategic Business Planning & Global Investment, a special report which identifies several important policy changes that could help strengthen American global competitiveness in the coming years.

  • House Committee Holds Auto Insurance Hearing

    23 May 2012 - insurancenewsnet

    The House Committee on Financial Services recently held a hearing titled "U.S. Insurance Sector: International Competitiveness and Jobs."

  • Report: Foreign Countries Want to Lure Biotechs

    21 May 2012 - Mass. High Tech

    As the pharmaceutical industry lobbies for several biotech-friendly measures in Washington, an industry group is touting a study that says foreign countries are increasingly adopting biotech-friendly policies in an attempt to lure such companies away from the U.S.

  • Economist Nouriel Roubini predicts trouble ahead for economy

    21 May 2012 - USA Today

    Nouriel Roubini, co-founder of the economic strategy firm Roubini Global Economics in New York, is worried about the so-called fiscal cliff the United States is facing at year's end.

  • North American Competitiveness

    18 May 2012 - Council on Foreign Relations

    The author shares her thoughts after attending a recent conference, "Made in North America: Competitiveness, Supply Chain, and Transportation in the NAFTA Region."

  • Immigration permit auction touted as reform that would aid economy

    15 May 2012 - San Jose Mercury News

    America's decades-old immigration system should be replaced with an auction of work permits, says a UC Davis economist who is attracting attention on Capitol Hill.

  • Is American Decline Real?

    14 May 2012 - Salon

    More and more thinkers are warning that our glory days are over, but their arguments are flawed -- and old, the author argues.

  • Opinion: Fix our roads to help the economy

    13 May 2012 - Politico

    Transportation is critical to our nation's competitiveness. To put it simply, our transportation network is the backbone of the economy, and we must have a strong foundation to support economic growth. Yet today, we are at a crossroads, and the direction Congress pushes our transportation programs will have a lasting impact on our economy and mobility.

  • Administration Officials Announce National Strategy to Increase Travel and Tourism in the United States to 100 Million Visitors Annually by 2021

    10 May 2012 - The White House

    Commerce Secretary John Bryson and Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced the Administration's National Tourism and Travel Strategy ‚" delivering on President Obama's call in January for a national strategy to promote domestic and international travel opportunities throughout the United States.

  • The Importance of the Americas to Our Shared Future

    08 May 2012 - US Department of State

    These are the Deputy Secretary's remarks to the Council of the Americas' 42nd Washington Conference on the Americas.

  • The corporate-tax conundrum

    07 May 2012 - Times of Malta

    The United States currently has the highest statutory corporate-income tax rate among developed countries. Even after various deductions, credits and other tax breaks, the effective marginal rate -- the rate that corporations pay on new US investments -- remains one of the highest in the developed world.

  • Gross Says U.S. Economy Suffering From 'Structural' Unemployment

    04 May 2012 - Bloomberg

    Bill Gross, manager of the world's largest mutual fund, said U.S. unemployment is now a structural, and not cyclical, problem stemming from technology advances and the lack of retraining.

  • Natural gas: game changer for American manufacturing

    03 May 2012 - The Hill

    Domestic natural gas holds the potential to yield revolutionary economic and energy benefits for the United States.

  • "New" economy should leave no one out

    01 May 2012 - model D

    "Inclusive competitiveness" is about broadening existing competitiveness strategies to include a more diverse array of talent.

  • Report: Grid investment needs growing

    30 Apr 2012 - Electric Light & Power

    The nation's aging energy facilities are in need of significant investments, according to a new report from the American Society of Civil Engineers that analyzes how current accelerating investments in the nation's transmission, generation and distribution systems will prevent unnecessary costs to businesses and household budgets by 2020.

  • US Work Visa Law: India To Move WTO

    27 Apr 2012 - International Business Times

    India will file a formal complaint with the World Trade Organization against the US over its visa policy, which India says is discriminatory to Indian companies.

  • US Trade Rep to China: "We Want Fair Competition"

    26 Apr 2012 - CNBC

    China needs to open up its markets further to improve global trade and create a level playing field, says US Trade representative Ron Kirk.

  • Spence: Reinventing the Sino-American relationship

    24 Apr 2012 - CNN

    Both sides can and should gain from forging a new relationship that reflects evolving structural realities: China's growth and size relative to the US; rapid technological change, which automates processes and displaces jobs; and the evolution of global supply chains, driven by developing countries' rising incomes. But first they must acknowledge that the old pattern of mutually beneficial interdependence really has run its course, and that a new model is needed.

  • Spence: Reinventing the Sino-American relationship

    24 Apr 2012 -

    Both sides can and should gain from forging a new relationship that reflects evolving structural realities: China's growth and size relative to the US; rapid technological change, which automates processes and displaces jobs; and the evolution of global supply chains, driven by developing countries' rising incomes. But first they must acknowledge that the old pattern of mutually beneficial interdependence really has run its course, and that a new model is needed.

  • U.S. tariffs on Chinese solar cells fuel debate about green jobs

    23 Apr 2012 - Los Angeles Times

    The Obama administration's recent decision to slap import tariffs on Chinese solar cells was hailed by some domestic solar manufacturers as a victory for job creation. But a close look at the U.S. solar industry suggests that the tariffs may actually be a job killer because the vast majority of positions in the sector aren't on the assembly line.

  • What France's Presidential Race Means for the U.S. and the World

    20 Apr 2012 - The Atlantic

    France is preparing for a presidential vote that has potentially major consequences for the eurozone, European integration, and transatlantic relations.

  • Ending the 'Boom and Bust' of U.S. Clean Tech

    19 Apr 2012 - The Huffington Post

    After posting double-digit growth in recent years, the clean tech sector -- from solar to wind to electric vehicles -- is sailing into rough waters.

  • Mutual funds sue U.S. CFTC over registration rule

    18 Apr 2012 - Reuters

    Groups representing mutual funds and businesses filed a lawsuit on Tuesday against the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission, challenging a rule that will require funds to register with the agency in the latest battle against new regulations coming out of Washington.

  • Making Visas-for-Dollars Work

    16 Apr 2012 - The New York Times

    Among the most popular tools for attracting foreign investment to the United States is the EB-5 program. The author argues that the program is rife with problems and needs to be reformed.

  • Report warns US educational failures pose national security threat

    13 Apr 2012 - Fox News

    An independent study, sponsored by The Council on Foreign Relations, finds K-12 school systems across the country are failing to adequately prepare kids to grow up and protect the U.S.

  • Patents, Copyrights Boost Economy With Jobs, Report Finds

    11 Apr 2012 - Bloomberg

    More than a quarter of all jobs in the U.S. are with companies that rely on patents, copyrights and trademarks to protect products from competition and promote investment, the Commerce Department said.

  • Manufacturing Technology Orders Continue To Rise In 2012

    11 Apr 2012 - Manufacturing Business Technology

    February U.S. manufacturing technology orders totaled $444.06 million according to AMT - The Association For Manufacturing Technology. This total, as reported by companies participating in the USMTO program, was up 9.3% from January and up 35.2% when compared with the total of $328.44 million reported for February 2011.

  • Malpass: The Competitiveness Of U.S. Institutions Is Constantly At Stake

    10 Apr 2012 - Forbes

    During an hour-long panel discussion with Canadian Minster of Finance James Flaherty and other tax experts, the CEO of Encima Global echoed his previously-stated concerns that capital is leaving the United States.

  • World Bank race heating up

    09 Apr 2012 - CNNMoney

    The World Bank will choose its next president in one week, and for the first time ever, it's got a competition on its hands.

  • Divide between tech-savvy countries widens

    05 Apr 2012 - The Financial Times

    A new report compares the availability and use of technology in 142 countries and focuses this year on what the authors describe as "the transformational impacts of ICT on the economy and society." The US ranks #8.

  • The Truth About Corporate Tax Rates

    04 Apr 2012 - U.S. News & World Report

    "When we cut through the rhetoric, a clear but complex answer emerges: Corporate taxes should be increased for most companies—and decreased for a few," the author argues. "The tax structure needs to be repaired to eliminate bad incentives that threaten our economy."

  • Microsoft: H-1B visa employees crucial to US economy

    03 Apr 2012 - Times of India

    As IT companies in India and the US started filling petitions for the most coveted H-1B work visas, software giant Microsoft has stressed on importance of the visa in retaining America's competitiveness and urged the US Senate to pass a bill pending before it in this regard.

  • Obama Hosts Calderon, Harper to Boost N. American Economy

    02 Apr 2012 - Bloomberg Businessweek

    The top leaders of the U.S., Canada and Mexico hold a trilateral North American Leaders' Summit at the White House today to thrash out conflicts in energy and regulations to boost economic competitiveness and increase jobs.

  • American Manufacturing Has Declined More Than Most Experts Have Thought

    29 Mar 2012 - Huffington Post

    A new report released by the Information Technology & Innovation Foundation presents a strong case that manufacturing has declined more during the last decade than it did during the Great Depression of the 1930s.

  • America is losing the cybersecurity war; China hacked every major US company .

    28 Mar 2012 - ComputerWorld

    Four top government cybersecurity officials say America is getting attacked by nation state hackers and is vulnerable to much more.

  • Entrepreneurship: The Solution to Our Innovation Problem

    28 Mar 2012 - Forbes

    China could become the world's largest trade nation in a few years and the largest overall economy by 2030, according to the World Bank. If the United States is to retain economic dominance, it must aggressively promote entrepreneurship in order to bolster idea innovation, productivity and job creation.

  • Can Asian-Style Capitalism Save the West?

    25 Mar 2012 - Time

    For decades, Asia had been schooled in the wonders of free capitalism by the West, and benefited tremendously. Now, many out there believe, the time has come for the West to learn from Asia.

  • At the World Bank, competition for a change?

    21 Mar 2012 - Washington Post

    Developing nations may challenge the United States' historic hold on the presidency of the World Bank and are discussing African and South American candidates to compete with whomever the Obama administration nominates.

  • Rice: Failing schools a national security threat

    20 Mar 2012 - CBS News

    Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Tuesday that failures in education pose a threat to America's national security and to the country's leadership in the 21st century.

  • To Stay On Top, The U.S. Must Invest In Research Universities

    20 Mar 2012 - Forbes

    Everywhere you look around the world we see investments in the future which recognize what the 21st Century will look like, says former Intel CEO Craig Barrett. Isn't it about time we did the same? Instead of cutting back our funding for education and research, shouldn't we be doing the opposite?

  • US imposes tariffs on Chinese solar imports

    20 Mar 2012 - The Hill

    The finding is a major victory for a group of U.S. solar panel manufacturers that alleges China is flooding the U.S. market with underpriced solar panels and subsidizing its solar industry in a way that violates World Trade Organization rules.

  • U.S. Provides $9.98 Million to Strengthen Shipyard Competitiveness

    20 Mar 2012 -

    U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced $9.98 million in grants to 15 small shipyards throughout the United States to pay for modernizations which will increase productivity and help the country's small shipyards compete in the global marketplace.

  • Global economy on recovery path, risks remain: IMF chief

    18 Mar 2012 - Reuters

    The global economy has stepped back from the brink of danger and signs of stabilization are emerging from the euro zone and the United States, but high debt levels in developed markets and rising oil prices are key risks ahead, according to International Monetary Fund Managing Director, Christine Lagarde.

  • How Can the U.S. Stay Competitive? Professor Jan Rivkin and Others at HBS Explore Problems and Potential Solutions

    16 Mar 2012 - The HARBUS

    Professor Jan Rivkin discusses the U.S. Competitiveness Project,the key competitive challenges facing the United States, and the role HBS students can play in advancing the initiative.

  • Export laws hurt US space competitiveness, lawmaker says

    16 Mar 2012 - Defense Systems magazine

    The U.S. government needs to repeal or at least heavily modify the law limiting the export of space technologies because it is hurting national competitiveness in space, a lawmaker contends.

  • Taxes, Red Tape 'Stifling US Aviation'

    15 Mar 2012 -

    The United States government should ease the tax and regulatory burden on the the nation's aviation industry to improve the sector's competitiveness and boost the economy as a whole, the International Air Transport Association says.

  • The Right Way to Sanction Russia

    15 Mar 2012 - The Wall Street Journal

    On Thursday, the U.S. Senate will hold a hearing to discuss the accession of Russia to the World Trade Organization and the repeal of the Jackson-Vanik amendment that impedes American trade relations with Russia. The co-chairs of the Russian Solidarity movement share their opinion on the matter.

  • What Business Would Do to Restore U.S. Competitiveness

    14 Mar 2012 - Bloomberg BusinessWeek

    CEOs are waking up to the idea that companies have a role to play in addressing weaknesses in the business environment — in the United States or elsewhere — and that business needs to invest in the "commons" to prosper, not just pursue its narrow self-interest. By Harvard Business School's Michael Porter and Jan Rivkin.

  • Boost the Economy, Elect a New Congress: Peter Orszag

    13 Mar 2012 - Bloomberg

    Business leaders interested in American productivity already have plenty of good ideas for increasing it. But the first thing they should do is get involved in good old-fashioned electoral politics to boost the number of moderates in Congress.

  • Why foreign leaders love the U.S. tax system

    13 Mar 2012 - UPI Outside View

    The United States imposes a substantial tax penalty, often around 30 percent, when U.S. corporations return profits earned abroad to build plants or pay dividends. With rules like these, it's no wonder that our nation is mired in a dismal recovery.

  • Strengthening America's economic recovery by reaching beyond our borders

    12 Mar 2012 - The Hill's Congress Blog

    As we celebrate the success of the National Export Initiative and its positive impact on our economy, we must also commit to ensuring that its momentum continues. Providing more opportunities and support for U.S. companies to export their goods and services makes good economic sense--and American workers deserve nothing less.

  • New York City Tops Global Competitiveness Rankings, Economist Report Says

    12 Mar 2012 - Bloomberg

    New York City ranks first among 120 cities across the globe in attracting capital, businesses and tourists, according to an Economist Intelligence Unit report commissioned by Citigroup Inc.

  • The Merits of a Corporate Tax Overhaul

    09 Mar 2012 - New York Times

    President Obama's proposed tax cut on manufacurers, although significant, may be too small, as it would leave the rate in the United States above the rates of many developed and emerging-market countries competing for the investments of American companies.

  • 7 Steps to Enhance U.S. Competitiveness

    09 Mar 2012 - HBR Blogs

    While government has had little hand in the manufacturing revival to date, that's not to say that government couldn't help speed and strengthen the trend. Government at all levels — local, state, and federal — can be an active participant and can help provide additional momentum.

  • Business Should Help the Heartland

    08 Mar 2012 - Financial Times

    Michael Porter is right: To progress, the US needs to shed two shibboleths of the Republican primary. One is that government must simply "get out of the way" in order for businesses to thrive and jobs to be created; the second is that free markets inherently produce good social results.

  • U.S. Competitiveness: What American Business Can and Should Do (In Its Own Interests)

    07 Mar 2012 - Council on Foreign Relations

    The Harvard Business School's U.S. Competitiveness Project is challenging beliefs that have become deeply ingrained among many U.S. business leaders as the global economy has expanded and growth has accelerated in emerging markets.

  • Top CEOs Criticize Government Inaction on Corporate Tax Code

    07 Mar 2012 - U.S. News and World Report

    A powerful group of CEOs called on Congress and President Obama on Wednesday to enact sweeping reforms to improve the economy and create jobs, criticizing legislators and the administration for lollygagging on corporate tax reform.

  • Why Companies Are Leaving the United States, and How to Get Them Back

    06 Mar 2012 - Council on Foreign Relations

    Why are big companies not investing more in the United States? Findings from Harvard Business School's U.S. Competitiveness Project were discussed at a fascinating meeting of business leaders in New York Monday evening.

  • HBS Urges Business to Take Lead in Reviving US Competitiveness

    06 Mar 2012 - HBS Alumni Bulletin

    At an HBS-hosted event devoted to action, not academics, more than 600 New York City business and civic leaders gathered at Lincoln Center Monday evening to explore causes and business-led solutions to the nation's decline in global competitiveness.

  • Harvard Alumni Urged to Help the U.S. Compete

    06 Mar 2012 - Bloomberg BusinessWeek

    When a business school solicits alumni, it's usually to ask for donations. Last night, though, the school hit them up for something they may find harder to give: a commitment to use whatever influence they have to get their companies to invest in the local workforce, raise U.S. median wages, and support local suppliers.

  • It's Manufacturing's Turn for Special Treatment

    05 Mar 2012 -

    President Obama's plan to cut the tax rate for manufacturers to 25 percent was criticized by some economists for singling out manufacturing for "special treatment." But the reality is that special treatment has always been a fact of government life, and is necessary in this case.

  • What the U.S. Has in Common with Emerging Markets

    05 Mar 2012 -

    We should take a look at the most dynamic parts of today's global economy—the so-called emerging markets—while thinking about how to shore up American competitiveness.

  • The Cost of Regulations and Shrinking Herds

    05 Mar 2012 - Drovers CattleNetwork

    Shrinking livestock inventories threaten the U.S. food economy, and excessive regulations on agriculture exacerbate the problem threatening our export markets, according to a new report from the United Soybean Board.

  • American Manufacturers Importing Workers

    05 Mar 2012 - CNNMoney

    U.S. manufacturers, frustrated by a shortage of skilled American factory workers, are going abroad to find them.

  • Slower Manufacturing May Signal Future Weakness

    01 Mar 2012 - Investor's Business Daily

    Manufacturing, a pillar of the U.S. recovery, unexpectedly turned weaker and consumer spending remained flat, dampening hopes for economic growth accelerating this year.

  • HBR Special Report: Restoring U.S. Competitiveness

    01 Mar 2012 - Harvard Business Review

    What is the proper role of the financial sector, how should we improve our educational system, and do most outsourcing decisions actually make financial sense? This special report, conducted in collaboration with Harvard Business School, explores these issues and more.

  • Congress can ensure U.S. remains world's most entrepreneurial nation

    29 Feb 2012 - The Hill

    Now's the time to push pro-entrepreneurship legislation over the goal line, so we can ensure the United States remains the world's most entrepreneurial nation.

  • Bernanke: Economy, job creation likely to stay sluggish for several years

    29 Feb 2012 - The Washington Post

    Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke warned on Wednesday that, despite bright spots in recent economic reports, unemployment would likely stay high and the nation's recovery remain slow for the next several years.

  • UPS on Moving the U.S. at the Speed of Business

    28 Feb 2012 - Harvard Business Review blogs

    A long-term strategy for expanding exports is vital to our economic future and our global competitiveness, writes UPS CEO Scott Davis.

  • Lack of national policy hobbles U.S. manufacturing

    27 Feb 2012 - Reuters

    Lack of a public policy on manufacturing is the main obstacle to a vibrant factory sector in the United States, according to a Brookings Institution study which also dismissed the notion that high wages are frustrating growth.

  • Warren Buffett on CNBC: I'd Buy Up 'Millions' of Single-Family Homes If I Could

    27 Feb 2012 - CNBC's Squawk Box

    Buffett says it's a myth that U.S. corporations are paying anything close to a 35 percent tax rate and maintains those taxes are not "strangling" American competitiveness.

  • Will simplifying tax code create jobs?

    25 Feb 2012 - CNN

    Jeanne Sahadi, Stephen Chipman, Christine Romans and Ali Velshi discuss the reason US tax reform is needed and whether it will create new jobs.

  • US downplays visa denial for Indians

    24 Feb 2012 - Business Standard

    Francisco J S√°nchez, US Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade, downplayed the issue of H-1B visa denial to Indian companies. Sanchez told Business Standard: "The US government had no policy to single out any country, including India, in this regard."

  • Amid gloom about U.S. competitiveness, reasons for optimism

    23 Feb 2012 - Washington Post

    Wages in China and other parts of the developing world are rising, reducing the incentive to send jobs overseas. Add in concern about quality control and shipping costs, and the result will be more manufacturing jobs created in the United States, says W. James McNerney, president and CEO of Boeing.

  • Tax Talk With Romney Supporter

    23 Feb 2012 - Squawk on the Street

    Staples founder Tom Stemberg discusses Mitt Romney's corporate tax plan and how it might affect US competitiveness.

  • US Competitiveness in Danger

    23 Feb 2012 - CNBC Street Signs

    An interview with Professor Michael Porter about the findings from the recent survey of Harvard Business School alumni on US competitiveness.

  • In Defense of Responsible Offshoring and Outsourcing

    22 Feb 2012 - HBR Blogs

    The imperatives of offshore facilities and employees are — and will remain — central to American companies' international competitiveness.

  • Obama to propose lowering corporate tax rate to 28 percent

    22 Feb 2012 - Washington Post

    Obama will target oil and gas companies for tax hikes while promising special breaks for manufacturing companies.

  • U.S. grain growers face intense market share battle

    21 Feb 2012 - Southeast Farm Press

    With its share of global corn exports now edging below 50 percent for the first time, the U.S. cannot take market dominance for granted.‚®‚®

  • Dodd-Frank Handicaps U.S. Oil Companies, Favors, Russia China And Chavez

    21 Feb 2012 -

    The author argues that pending SEC rules put the likes of Chevron, ExxonMobil, and ConocoPhillips at a substantial competitive disadvantage in the global marketplace.

  • SEC Oil Rule Jeopardizes US Competitiveness

    20 Feb 2012 - FuelFix

    The Obama Administration is once again showcasing its inability to understand issues concerning American competitiveness in the global marketplace, as well as its hostility toward U.S. oil companies.

  • Can America Renew Itself To Compete With New Powers?

    17 Feb 2012 - Investor's Business Daily

    Anyone who reads HBR's special edition on US competitiveness would be hard-pressed to disagree with the conclusion that America is losing its economic power. Among the sobering evidence is a survey conducted by business school professors Michael Porter and Jan Rivkin. They asked Harvard Business School graduates — including many chief executives and senior managers of major global businesses — about location decisions involving the U.S. In only 32% of the cases was an American site chosen.

  • Economic Statecraft: U.S. Foreign Policy in an Age of Economic Power

    16 Feb 2012 - US Department of State press release

    Secretary Clinton is placing economics and market forces at the center of U.S. foreign policy. Economic Statecraft means both harnessing global economic forces to advance America's foreign policy and employing the tools of foreign policy to shore up our economic strength. We have backed this vision with an ambitious agenda, covering four broad elements:

  • America is becoming a less attractive place to do business

    16 Feb 2012 - The Economist

    America has been gripped by worries about decline before, notably in the 1970s, only to roar back. But this time it may be serious. The March issue of the Harvard Business Review is devoted to "American competitiveness" (by which it means the country's ability to improve productivity and living standards). A gaggle of gurus delivers a harsh verdict.

  • Obama: Use taxes as a way of keeping jobs at home

    16 Feb 2012 - Philadelphia Inquirer

    President Obama called Wednesday for tax cuts for American manufacturers and higher taxes for companies that move overseas, pressing what he hopes will be a winning campaign issue.

  • GE conference: Trade, America's 'wake-up call' and 'the next war'

    15 Feb 2012 - Washington Post

    If the United States is going to strengthen its ability to compete on a global scale, what does that mean for the future of the nation's trade agreements?

  • Harvard Business Review Publishes Special Report on Restoring US Competitiveness

    15 Feb 2012 - MarketWatch press release

    Harvard Business Review's March 2012 issue is a special report, "Reinventing America: Why the World Needs the U.S. to Bounce Book"--a a look at U.S. competitiveness. Hitting newsstands on February 21st, the issue includes articles by thought leaders from Harvard Business School and other institutions, and offers a detailed assessment of why the status of the United States as the world's largest, most vibrant economy is at risk.

  • DOE to Spend Millions to Strengthen U.S. Competitiveness in Global Nuclear Sector

    15 Feb 2012 - POWERnews

    Energy Secretary Steven Chu said federal agencies were preparing to strengthen U.S. competitiveness in the global nuclear sector by earmarking $770 million in the Fiscal Year 2013 budget.

  • Welcome to the HBR Insight Center: American Competitiveness

    15 Feb 2012 -

    My hope is that this issue of Harvard Business Review, along with the conversation that has begun at, will be small steps toward increasing recognition of the competitive problems facing the U.S.--and toward creating a more vigorous conversation about practical solutions.

  • Can Obama's plan for "insourcing" help revive U.S. manufacturing?

    15 Feb 2012 - The Ticket

    President Obama is touring a Master Lock factory in Milwaukee on Wednesday to urge manufacturers to return jobs to the United States-- part of a wider plan by his administration to increase the number of domestic manufacturing jobs.

  • Harvard biz alums have a job lesson for the U.S.

    15 Feb 2012 - Fortune

    A new survey says graduates of the nation's top b-school aren't entirely optimistic, but they have some pretty solid ideas about how to get Americans back to work.

  • U.S., China need a green peace, not a trade war

    14 Feb 2012 - Salon

    We are entering a period in which the incentives for conflict may overpower the incentives for cooperation. China and the United States should be leaders in establishing and enforcing the rules of the global trading system. But as the largest producers and consumers of energy, as well as the largest greenhouse gas emitters, they also have a responsibility to develop domestic, clean and affordable sources of energy for themselves as well as for others.

  • Volcker Rule Faces Harsh Critics as Effective Date Nears

    14 Feb 2012 - BusinessWeek

    In scores of comment letters filed yesterday, bankers and their trade associations said the so-called Volcker rule would increase risk, raise investor costs, hurt U.S. competitiveness and be vulnerable to legal challenge.

  • GE's "American Competitiveness: What Works" Conference Kicks Off with Innovation Talks

    14 Feb 2012 - IndustryWeek

    Boeing, Dow Chemical, and GE CEOs discuss jobs, global competitiveness, and innovation.

  • Increasing Chinese investment in US benefits both sides

    13 Feb 2012 -

    The United States, still plagued by the persistent debt problems, is likely to relax controls on investment from China, and even invite and encourage Chinese investors to increase their investment in the country, in order to fulfill the strong market demand and to promote its economic recovery.

  • Editorial: Obama's Budget Misses an Opportunity to Tackle Tax Reform: View

    13 Feb 2012 - Bloomberg

    The president calls on Congress to begin work on corporate tax reform, including simplifying and lowering the overall corporate rate. Yet his fiscal blueprint doesn't even hint at how he would achieve that. Instead, he would add new layers of tax complexity.

  • The 2013 Budget and Corporate Taxes

    13 Feb 2012 - Council on Foreign Relations

    Both parties have acknowledged shortcomings in the current corporate tax code and support a reduction in the U.S. statutory rate as a way to increase the global competitiveness of U.S. corporations. But disagreement remains on several issues, including the way U.S. multinationals are taxed on foreign profits.

  • GE to hire 5,000 U.S. veterans, investing in plants

    13 Feb 2012 - Reuters

    General Electric Co plans to hire 5,000 U.S. military veterans over the next five years and to invest $580 million to expand its aviation footprint in the United States this year.

  • Detroit Free Press

    13 Feb 2012 - Detroit Free Press

    Is it really half time in America, as Clint Eastwood declared in a much-debated Super Bowl commercial for Chrysler? We better hope not, because America's competitors are not taking a break for guacamole and a beer.

  • Americans Gaining Energy Independence With U.S. as Top Producer

    09 Feb 2012 - Bloomberg

    The United States is the closest it has been in almost 20 years to achieving energy self-sufficiency, a goal since the 1973 Arab oil embargo triggered a recession.

  • Time short to save clean-energy jobs

    08 Feb 2012 - The Hill

    Failure to extend tax incentives for clean energy now will result in jobs lost, reduced U.S. manufacturing competitiveness in a growing, multitrillion-dollar market and a blow to our economic recovery.

  • Corporate Culture: The Only Truly Sustainable Competitive Advantage

    08 Feb 2012 - Forbes

    Given enough time and money, your competitors can duplicate almost everything you've got working for you. The only thing they can't duplicate is your culture.

  • GAO: Actions Needed to Promote Competitiveness and International Cooperation

    07 Feb 2012 - US Government Accountability Office

    To preserve and enhance the competitiveness of U.S. exports and to promote transparency, the Secretary of the Treasury, in conjunction with Ex-Im and working with international counterparts, should develop strategies to further encourage and increase engagement of emerging economy countries in discussions and agreements on export credit support.

  • Falling U.S. Share of Trade Not Due to Competitiveness Problems

    07 Feb 2012 - Wall Street Journal

    New research published by the New York Fed Tuesday argues the U.S. isn't suffering as badly on the trade front as many now believe.

  • Kodak: A Parable of American Competitiveness

    06 Feb 2012 - Harvard Business School Working Knowledge

    When American companies shift pieces of their operations overseas, they run the risk of moving the expertise, innovation, and new growth opportunities just out of their reach as well, explains HBS Professor Willy Shih, who served as president of Eastman Kodak's digital imaging business for several years.

  • Reforming Legal Immigration

    06 Feb 2012 - National Review Online

    If we have a competitiveness problem—and I'm sure we do—lawmakers need to look to our dysfunctional fiscal and regulatory policies; importing more middling engineers from abroad isn't going to fix anything.

  • Why no lobbyist for creating good jobs in America?

    06 Feb 2012 - San Francisco Chronicle

    Who represents the American workforce in Washington? Who is lobbying for a national strategy to create more and better jobs here? The answer is no one.

  • Do Manufacturers Need Special Treatment?

    04 Feb 2012 - New York Times

    A persuasive case for a manufacturing policy remains to be made, opines Christina D. Romer, while that for many other economic policies is well established.

  • US changing visa rules to attract highly-skilled

    04 Feb 2012 - IBN Live

    To make America more attractive to highly-skilled foreign students and workers, the United States has announced a series of reforms, including changes in the F-1 and H-1B visa rules, that may benefit professionals from India.

  • Time is the enemy of graduation

    03 Feb 2012 - Washington Post

    President Obama's plan to make college more affordable is noble in intent but misses the mark in design. If the president and Congress were to focus on the real culprit of high college costs—poor college completion numbers—they could find rare common ground and make substantial headway on a problem that threatens to sink U.S. economic competitiveness.

  • We Need Strong Policy Steps to Maintain Momentum in the Labor Market

    03 Feb 2012 - Center for American Progress

    The February job report came in above expectations, and it's a clear sign the economy is slowly heading in the right direction. But the economy won't return to full employment anytime soon if job creation doesn't pick up speed.

  • How to Bring Back U.S. Manufacturing Jobs

    03 Feb 2012 - Huffington Post

    The new reality of global supply chains requires a new debate about manufacturing in the United States, one that recognizes that manufacturing has irreversibly changed, yet has become even more essential to sustaining American prosperity in the 21st century.

  • America's Three Deficits

    03 Feb 2012 - Project Syndicate

    Output growth in the US remains anemic, and the economy continues to face three significant deficits, writes Laura Tyson: a jobs deficit, an investment deficit, and a long-run fiscal deficit, none of which is likely to be addressed in an election year.

  • Lack of waterway maintenance harming commerce, farmers

    02 Feb 2012 - Delta Farm Press

    Despite increasingly loud warnings from state governments and federal agencies, the nation's shipping waterway infrastructure--which handles the bulk of the United States' agricultural products--continues to erode.

  • States Mulling Creativity Indexes for Schools

    02 Feb 2012 - Education Week

    At a time when U.S. political and business leaders are raising concerns about the need to better nurture creativity and innovative thinking among young people, several states are exploring the development of an index that would gauge the extent to which schools provide opportunities to foster those qualities.

  • US solar market poised for growth

    01 Feb 2012 - Clean Energy Authority

    With five of the most tumultuous months in solar history behind it, the United States market is poised for major growth.

  • Rebuilding transportation is key

    01 Feb 2012 - Politico

    Improving the transportation infrastructure is essential to our nation's competitiveness and economy.

  • Global Connections, Common Core Standards Can Boost U.S. Student Competitiveness, Education Ranking

    31 Jan 2012 - Huffington Post

    The latest international student tests confirm what we have known for some time: It is no longer prudent to pretend that we can wring better results from using the same old methods.

  • State Science-Education Standards Jeopardize US Competitiveness

    31 Jan 2012 - Thomas B. Fordham Institute

    K-12 science standards of most states remain mediocre to awful, placing America's national competitiveness, technological prowess and scientific leadership in grave jeopardy.

  • The United States: Revival of an Economic Powerhouse

    30 Jan 2012 - Area Development Online

    Its large internal market, highly educated workers, and strategic infrastructure are steering foreign investors to the United States.

  • Global Connections, Common Core Standards Can Boost U.S. Student Competitiveness, Education Ranking

    30 Jan 2012 - Huffington Post

    The latest international student tests confirm what we have known for some time: It is no longer prudent to pretend that we can wring better results from using the same old methods. We should be harnessing the transformative potential of technology at a time when global competition is demanding new skills from the workforce and learning standards around the world are being revised to focus on those new skills.

  • Creating Jobs and Unleashing the Potential of Small Businesses through Technology and Innovation.

    26 Jan 2012 - Center for Public Policy Innovation

    The Center for Public Policy Innovation, a not-for-profit educational think tank, has published a special report entitled, "Restoring U.S. Competitiveness: Creating Jobs and Unleashing the Potential of Small Businesses through Technology and Innovation," which identifies key issues and outlines several important policy and regulatory changes impacting the nation's start-ups and other small businesses.

  • Rising China on way to defeat US: report

    25 Jan 2012 - Daily Times (Pakistan)

    America is on the decline, and a rising China is on its way to trouncing US, right? That seems to be the conventional wisdom highlighted by a new survey of Harvard Business School graduates.

  • Rising China on way to defeat US: report

    25 Jan 2012 - Daily Times (Pakistan)

    America is on the decline, and a rising China is on its way to trouncing US, right? That seems to be the conventional wisdom highlighted by a new survey of Harvard Business School graduates.

  • Tax Foundation Releases 2012 State Business Tax Climate Index

    25 Jan 2012 - The Tax Foundation

    The Tax Foundation's 2012 version of the State Business Tax Climate Index allows business leaders, government policymakers, and taxpayers to gauge how their states' tax systems compare. Best: Wyoming. Worst: New Jersey

  • State of Disunion: Who's responsible for making America competitive?

    25 Jan 2012 - Alaska Dispatch

    Who should have the primary strategic responsibility for making American workers globally competitive ‚" the private sector or government? This will be a defining issue in the 2012 campaign.

  • Money won't fix Georgia schools. An end to government interference and control will.

    24 Jan 2012 - Atlanta Journal Constitution

    Money won't fix schools. Freedom from government control will, says a Georgia attorney and choice adv0cate.

  • We Don't Need More Foreign Oil and Gas

    24 Jan 2012 - The Wall Street Journal

    America is poised to be the world's clean energy leader, the authors argue in this opinion piece.

  • Economic competitiveness rankings may not point us in the right direction

    23 Jan 2012 - Dallas Morning News

    Competitiveness rankings for cities, states and nations churn through the news all the time. They can be useful reminders of what needs attention. But they can also tug us to look back rather than at what may lie ahead.

  • The United States Beyond 2012

    23 Jan 2012 - Il Sole

    The United States is potentially the country best suited to capture the huge opportunities presented by today's mega-trends: the rise of emerging markets, globalization and technological innovation. But here are the weaknesses that may well prevent the grasping of that prize.

  • How can Americans compete globally?

    23 Jan 2012 - The Christian Science Monitor

    Who should have the primary responsibility for making American workers globally competitive--the private sector or government?

  • What the Deepening US Competitiveness Problem Means for Urban Businesses

    23 Jan 2012 - Initiative for a Competitive Inner City

    Recently, Harvard Business School's Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness, led by Dr. Michael Porter (ICIC's founder), released the results of its first annual Survey on U.S. Competitiveness. The survey sought to pinpoint the roots of the country's competitiveness problem.

  • U.S. companies, though optimistic about economy, still won't hire

    23 Jan 2012 - Los Angeles Times

    The economic outlook from U.S. companies is the rosiest it's been in a while, with more expecting stable revenue and prices. But don't expect that to translate into more hiring.

  • Free-Market Socialism

    23 Jan 2012 - New York Times

    As a survey of nearly 10,000 Harvard Business School grads by Michael Porter and Jan Rivkin makes clear, to get companies to locate their plants in the US, Obama is going to have to simplify the tax code, cut corporate rates, streamline regulations, make immigration policy more flexible and balance the budget over the long term.

  • Why the United States Will Never, Ever Build the iPhone

    23 Jan 2012 - The Atlantic

    It's not just cheap wages. China has more skilled factory workers and sits at the center of the global supply chain.

  • The U.S., even now a beacon of success

    22 Jan 2012 - Charlotte Observer

    I've learned that America is still deeply admired around the world and the place where many people want to live out their dreams.

  • Some See Two New Gilded Ages, Raising Global Tensions

    22 Jan 2012 - New York Times

    We are living through slightly different gilded ages that are unfolding simultaneously. The West is experiencing a second gilded age, while the emerging markets are experiencing their first gilded age. The resulting economic transformation is even more dramatic than that in the Gilded Age. Now, billions of people are taking part across much of the globe, not just the inhabitants of the West.

  • Capitalism Concerns

    20 Jan 2012 - Harvard Magazine

    At a time of deep concern about unemployment, the American economy, and the federal budget, Harvard Business School's U.S. Competitiveness Project publishes "Prosperity at Risk," a sobering assessment of American business competitiveness, based on nearly 10,000 responses to a survey of 50,000 alumni.

  • Why businesspeople are so gloomy about America

    20 Jan 2012 - The Economist

    Profits may be at a record high, but American businessfolk are feeling glum. Some moan that their pipeline-postponing president, Barack Obama, doesn't understand how business works. Others fret that America itself is becoming dysfunctional. Much of this pessimism is uncalled for, but it matters nonetheless.

  • Slipping U.S. competitiveness threatens economy, Harvard study says

    19 Jan 2012 - Kansas City Business Journal

    A Harvard Business School study says the U.S. economy is not keeping pace with other parts of the world because of a "deepening competitiveness problem" that started long before the recession

  • Fiddling while America burns

    19 Jan 2012 - Foreign Policy

    The United States is losing its long standing global technological leadership and is suffering a dramatic loss of competitiveness that is undermining both American living standards and American security.

  • US Economy Losing Appeal as Global Business Leader

    19 Jan 2012 -

    Executives worldwide are increasingly doubtful of continued U.S. economic superiority, as educational and political hurdles threaten to compromise the nation's competitive edge. According to a survey published this week by Harvard Business School, two-thirds of surveyed executives see the U.S. falling behind as the leading environment for business.

  • U.S. Competitiveness Report Cites Business Fears

    19 Jan 2012 - Council on Foreign Relations

    The Harvard Business School's U.S. Competitiveness Project released a major new report that revealed deep concerns among business leaders about the future of the United States as a competitive location for business.

  • The U.S. Economy Is No Longer Competitive, Says Harvard Business Alumni

    19 Jan 2012 - Economy Watch

    What's wrong with the United States' economy? Ask a Harvard graduate and the answer would most likely describe the loss of the country's competitiveness, especially against emerging Asian economies.

  • Harvard Business School Survey Reveals Deepening U.S. Competitiveness Problem

    19 Jan 2012 -

    Harvard Business School revealed the results of its first Survey on U.S. Competitiveness, which examines the position and trajectory of the United States as a competitive location in the global marketplace,according to Harvard Business School.

  • U.S. Competitiveness Report Cites Business Fears

    19 Jan 2012 - Council on Foreign Relations

    Harvard Business School professors Michael Porter and Jan Rivkin released a new report (PDF) where business community respondents suggest the root of U.S. competitiveness problems may lie in the country's tax code, political system, K-12 education, macroeconomic policies, legal framework, regulations, infrastructure, and workforce skills.

  • Survey: U.S. losing jobs to overseas

    19 Jan 2012 - Austin Business Journal

    The United States is losing business and jobs to economies in other parts of the world at a fast pace, according to a report by the Harvard Business School.

  • Harvard alums see U.S. lagging

    19 Jan 2012 - Politico

    The Harvard Business School just threw a bucket of cold water on the Obama administration's argument that "Made in the USA" is poised for a comeback.

  • Harvard Business School survey: US has a deepening competitiveness problem

    19 Jan 2012 - Boston Globe

    A survey of nearly 10,000 alumni of Harvard Business School found that 66 percent of respondents believe that the US is falling behind when it comes to competing in the global economy.

  • Complexity of Corporate Tax Code Hinders Growth

    19 Jan 2012 - Reforming America's Taxes Equitably

    A recent study by the Harvard Business School found that 66 percent of business leaders perceived the U.S. as falling behind emerging economies, while just 8 percent saw it as pulling ahead.

  • 71 percent Harvard business grads expect US economy to sink further

    19 Jan 2012 -

    With an inefficient political system, a struggling K-12 education system, a complicated tax code and persistent pressure from abroad, 71 per cent of nearly 10,000 alumni surveyed around the world said US competitiveness would decline over the next three years.

  • US Will Be Less Competitive in Three Years, Harvard Survey Warns

    19 Jan 2012 -

    The U.S. economy will be less competitive in three years thanks to constant political bickering, faltering schools, and a convoluted tax code, a survey of Harvard Business School alumni finds.

  • Report: US Lost 28% Of High-Tech Manufacturing Jobs

    19 Jan 2012 -

    The United States lost 28 percent of its high-technology manufacturing jobs over the last decade, as the nation's rapidly shrinking lead in science and technology in the global marketplace was accompanied by a toll on US high-tech jobs

  • Competitiveness and the State of the Union

    18 Jan 2012 - Council on Foreign Relations

    What is lacking are reasonable benchmarks against which to judge progress. As the Jobs Council report put it: "Top global business leaders continually benchmark their operations against the best in the world in order to improve. On competitiveness, the United States should benchmark its performance as well."

  • Harvard business grads express doubt in U.S. economy

    18 Jan 2012 - Los Angeles Times

    To hear Harvard Business School grads tell it, the economic outlook for the U.S. is far from good. Between an inefficient political system, a struggling K-12 education system, a complicated tax code and persistent pressure from abroad, 71% of nearly 10,000 alumni surveyed around the world said the U.S. will become less competitive over the next three years.

  • HBS survey: U.S. losing jobs to overseas as competitiveness slips

    18 Jan 2012 - Boston Business Journal

    The United States faces a "deepening competitiveness problem" caused by "structural changes" that started long before the recession, according to a report released Wednesday by Harvard Business School.

  • Business execs blame political system for U.S. decline

    18 Jan 2012 - The Hill

    Top business leaders are pessimistic about U.S. competitiveness in a new survey out Wednesday from Harvard Business School, and they are pointing their fingers at the political system.

  • Harvard Business School Alumni See U.S. Losing Competitive Edge

    18 Jan 2012 - Bloomberg

    The United States is becoming less economically competitive versus other nations, with political gridlock and a weak primary education system seen as the main drag, according to a survey released on Wednesday.

  • U.S. economy losing competitive edge: HBS alumni survey

    18 Jan 2012 - Reuters

    The United States is becoming less economically competitive versus other nations, with political gridlock and a weak primary education system seen as the main drag, according to a survey released on Wednesday.

  • Politics, Tax Code Said to Stymie U.S.

    18 Jan 2012 - Wall Street Journal

    What's dragging down U.S. economic vigor? According to Harvard Business School graduates, political gridlock, faltering schools, and a convoluted tax code are making American companies less competitive in the global marketplace.

  • Competitiveness and the State of the Union

    18 Jan 2012 - Council on Foreign Relations

    In the lead-up to President Obama's January 24th State of the Union speech to Congress, it is pretty clear what the major theme will be--what the administration is doing (with or without Congress's help) to bolster US competitiveness and create jobs.

  • Trends in US Global Competitiveness in Science and Technology

    18 Jan 2012 - National Science Board

    The United States remains the global leader in supporting science and technology research and development, but only by a slim margin that could soon be overtaken by rapidly increasing Asian investments in knowledge-intensive economies.

  • Harvard Study Says US Competitiveness Will Decline

    18 Jan 2012 - 24/7 Wall St. Wire

    More than 70% of those surveyed in a recent study conducted by the Harvard Business School expect American competitiveness to decline over the next three years. The survey was distributed to alumni of the HBS and 9,750 were used as the basis for the study.

  • Harvard survey reveals deepening U.S. competitiveness problem

    18 Jan 2012 - TechJournal

    While 57 percent see the current U.S. business environment as somewhat or much better than the average advanced economy, respondents are much less optimistic about the trajectory of the U.S. as a competitive location, according to the the results of Harvard Business School's first Survey on U.S. Competitiveness.

  • Harvard survey delivers more bad news for future of U.S. competitiveness

    18 Jan 2012 - Washington Post

    "What ails the American economy?" This is the leading question of a new Harvard Business School survey released Wednesday. The answer, according to the survey's nearly 10,000 HBS alumni respondents, is this: Just about everything.

  • Harvard survey delivers more bad news for future of U.S. competitiveness

    18 Jan 2012 - Washington Post

    "What ails the American economy?" The answer, according to a survey of nearly 10,000 HBS alumni respondents, is this: Just about everything.

  • Jobs Council Recommends Tax Reforms to Obama

    17 Jan 2012 - President's Council on Jobs and Competitiveness

    During a meeting Tuesday with President Barack Obama, the President's Council on Jobs and Competitiveness presented a report on strengthening the economy, including recommendations for transitioning to a territorial tax system.

  • It's time for Obama to look South

    14 Jan 2012 - Miami Herald

    For the first time in decades, there is no US regional plan to increase trade ties with Latin America. It's ok for Washington to look East, but it should also look south. Unless it does so, the bleak ECLAC forecasts for 2020 will come true.

  • China: Get Ready for Turbulence

    14 Jan 2012 - The Diplomat

    Reports of the death of American economic primacy are exaggerated, as are expectations of future Chinese dominance.

  • The Transformation Of American Factory Jobs, In One Company

    13 Jan 2012 - NPR

    The article offers an in-depth look at why one American company has outsourced certain parts manufacturing to factories low-wage countries, and why the modern factory job requires high-tech skills.

  • Track employee time off as the federal holiday roster begins

    12 Jan 2012 -

    According to a recent Mercer report, the U.S. and Canada are among the least generous climates for worker leave.

  • Obama Encouraging Corporate Leaders to 'Insource' Jobs

    11 Jan 2012 - ABC News

    President Obama will spend this afternoon encouraging businesses to bring jobs back to America and this evening raising campaign cash in Chicago.

  • Chrysler May Lose Hybrid Competitiveness Without U.S. Loan

    10 Jan 2012 - Bloomberg

    Chrysler Group LLC risks losing ground against competitors in making hybrid and electric vehicles if it doesn't receive the U.S. Energy Department loan it applied for, according to two automotive analysts.

  • US Competitiveness Report Shows Struggle With Balance Of IP And Access

    09 Jan 2012 - Intellectual Property Watch

    A new report from the US Department of Commerce details the country's need to boost innovation in order to compete globally and grow the economy, acknowledges that access to inexpensive technology and ideas is key to innovation and entrepreneurship, and shows that the rise in IP rights in recent years has been accompanied by a drop in innovation.

  • Which Countries Pay Blue Collar Workers the Most?

    09 Jan 2012 - The Atlantic

    American manufacturing workers earn an average of $34.74 in total hourly compensation, just 60 percent received by top-ranking workers in Norway.

  • No One Can Win the Future

    09 Jan 2012 - Slate

    The author argues that it's wrong to pit US and Chinese scientists against each other in a research arms race.

  • In Person: John Bryon, who aims to strengthen U.S. competitiveness

    08 Jan 2012 - The Seattle Times

    New Secretary of Commerce John Bryson talks about dealing with China, encouraging US businesses to create jobs, and other issues.

  • US Government Touts Role in Competitiveness

    07 Jan 2012 - AFP

    The Obama administration on Friday said that government investment is crucial to restoring lost US competitiveness, as it battles pressure to shrink the size of government.

  • Top 10 U.S. Government Investments in 20th Century American Competitiveness

    06 Jan 2012 - Center for American Progress

    Why federal funding in the 21st Century is equally critical to US science and economic competitiveness.

  • Commerce: Reclaiming Broadcast Spectrum Is 'Vital'

    06 Jan 2012 - Multichannel News

    A Commerce department competitiveness report put in a pitch for reclaiming spectrum for wireless broadband, saying it did not believe more effective use of spectrum can get the job done.

  • The Corporate R&D Tax Credit and US Innovation and Competitiveness

    06 Jan 2012 - Center for American Progress

    The authors explore the role of the credit in federal government support for R&D, evaluate the credit's performance in realizing its objectives, and make recommendations to simplify, modify, and strengthen its effectiveness.

  • Commerce Department Report Provides Roadmap for Strengthening US Competitiveness

    06 Jan 2012 - US Department of Commerce press release

    The US Department of Commerce today delivered to Congress a comprehensive report on "The Competitiveness and Innovative Capacity of the United States." The report serves as a call to arms, highlighting bipartisan priorities to sustain and promote American innovation and economic competitiveness.

  • Manufacturing Is Surprising Bright Spot in U.S. Economy

    05 Jan 2012 - New York Times

    For the first time in many years, manufacturing stands out as an area of strength in the American economy.

  • Good Year for Autos, but a Test Waits in '12

    04 Jan 2012 - New York Times

    American automakers last year posted their best sales since the financial crisis, but the road ahead for General Motors, Ford and Chrysler will be crowded with tougher competition from foreign automakers.

  • New terminal could mean more competition for West Coast ports

    04 Jan 2012 - The News Tribune

    A new $900 million facility on Mexico's Pacific coast will bring new competition to American West Coast ports for business feeding imported goods to the American Midwest and South.

  • Time to Invest in Future Competitiveness

    04 Jan 2012 - Center for American Progress

    While productivity has been increasing, public investments in education, science, and research and development are needed to drive private-sector innovation and productivity to the frontier of possibility and beyond.

  • U.S. urges end to forex interventions

    29 Dec 2011 - Japan Times

    The U.S. Treasury Department urged Japan to refrain from conducting unilateral market interventions to stem the yen's appreciation and instead take steps to spur its economy and sharpen the competitiveness of Japanese firms.

  • The outlook for the FCC and broadband: Not good

    29 Dec 2011 - Nieman Watchdog

    If words were actions the FCC under Obama would be a more aggressive regulator than it was under Bush. But they aren't and it isn't. The US is way down on the list of countries in broadband performance, and likely to stay there.

  • Will China Outsmart the US?

    28 Dec 2011 - New York Times

    "Our global competitiveness is based on being the origin of the newest, best ideas." Whether these ideas originate from China or the U.S. in the 21st century depends largely on R&D spending.

  • U.S. Manufacturing Competitiveness in Global Trade

    28 Dec 2011 - Huffington Post

    A call for a coherent manufacturing policy that features cooperation between the public and private sectors in order to enhance U.S. competitiveness in manufacturing.

  • Getting the US Economy Growing

    28 Dec 2011 - Wall Street Pit

    America should try to return to what some scholars maintain was the original source of America's success, using North America's abundant natural resources as a basis for a competitive advantage in manufacturing.

  • Far too soon to write off America

    27 Dec 2011 - Financil Times

    "Is America exceptional because it's economy is strong, or is it strong because its values are exceptional?"

  • The Disappearing Barriers Between Business and Nonprofit are Driving Innovations

    27 Dec 2011 - Fast Company

    For-profit companies are increasingly learning from non-profit companies and vice versa. The breakdown of the barriers between the two creates "new opportunities for how to address some of society's long-standing, complex problems, and strengthening business and nonprofits in the process."

  • On the Jobs Front

    27 Dec 2011 - The American Spectator

    Mixed news from the jobs marketing as we move into 2012, as some manufacturing jobs migrate to the U.S. while others move overseas.

  • Club for Growth is wrong on the currency bill

    27 Dec 2011 - Washington Times

    The Club for Growth's opposition to the Senate-passed bill to fight currency manipulation by U.S. trade competitors such as China is terrible news for the beleaguered American economy on at least three major counts.

  • Christmas wish list for our hapless US leaders

    22 Dec 2011 - Financial Times

    If the U.S. is to address its problems of competitiveness and austerity, it's "future depends on refocusing its economy on high value-added, higher intellectual content sectors where it can compete effectively."

  • Congress Funds Exascale Computing

    22 Dec 2011 - Information Week

    The race is on for exascale computing, and Congress sees keeping the U.S. in the hunt as an imperative for long-term American competitiveness.

  • U.S. Innovation Can't Stay On Top Without Smart Government

    21 Dec 2011 - Fast Company

    Design in this country is at an all-time high, writes RKS Design's Ravi Sawhney. But to remain an industrial superpower, we need policies that support manufacturing growth.

  • Why U.S.-China Strategic Competition is Unlikely to Help Manage North Korea's Transition

    21 Dec 2011 - Time

    The growing geopolitical competition between the U.S. and China makes prospects for productive partnership in managing North Korea much less likely.

  • Japan Fighter Buy Bolsters U.S. Leverage In Asia

    20 Dec 2011 - Forbes

    Japan's government today gave a boost to the Pentagon's biggest weapons program by selecting the F-35 fighter as its first line of defense in future conflicts. This marks the first time the fighter has beaten foreign and domestic competitors in a head-to-head competition.

  • Public-Private Partnerships Are Key to U.S. Competitiveness

    19 Dec 2011 - Huffington Post

    This opinion piece argues that these partnerships are grounded in the principles that drive sustainable business for the long haul - the willingness to change everything but core values, demonstrating continual forward momentum that is key to innovation, and the ability to manage for the long-term.

  • A good first step, but only a first

    17 Dec 2011 - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

    "An effective manufacturing policy, I believe, focuses not on protecting jobs from being shipped overseas but on how American companies can compete globally on cost, quality and quick delivery," argues Actuant Corp. Robert C. Arzbaecher in response to the Obama administration's creation of an Office of Manufacturing Policy.

  • The Extraordinary Value of Great Universities

    15 Dec 2011 - The Atlantic

    The United States is home to more than a third of the world's top 400 research universities. But how exactly do universities factor into the wealth, innovation, and economic competitiveness of their host nations?

  • Made in America

    15 Dec 2011 - Forbes

    How can U.S. manufacturing continue to be competitive and relevant within the context of an ever changing, technology-driven, global economy?

  • Hillary Clinton talks Gingrich, China and Russian elections during innovation event

    14 Dec 2011 - Washington Post

    Does innovation destroy or create jobs? Can the United States regain its competitive edge? Will China surpass the United States in fostering an innovation economy? These were among the questions posed during a gathering of business and policy leaders at "Innovation and the Global Marketplace," with Hillary Clinton delivering the keynote.

  • Hong Kong Tops U.S. in Financial Market Development Ranking

    14 Dec 2011 - Bloomberg Businessweek

    Hong Kong topped the World Economic Forum's 2011 index of financial market development, supplanting the U.S. and U.K. from the highest rankings for the first time.

  • U.S. Releases "Blueprint for a Secure Cyber Future" Fact Sheet

    13 Dec 2011 - Defpro News

    The United States is facing a continued and growing cyber threat, which has the potential to jeopardize our national security, public safety and economic competitiveness.

  • Harvard Business School Tackles U.S. Competitiveness

    13 Dec 2011 - Washington Post

    Harvard Business School is taking on the challenge of finding a comprehensive solution to strengthening the nation's ability to compete.

  • SEC Would Add Two Commissioners Under U.S. Chamber Overhaul Plan

    13 Dec 2011 - Bloomberg Businessweek

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission needs a top-down restructuring that increases the number of commissioners and requires they be more specialized, according to a report from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

  • Prestowitz: Competitiveness Council wide of its mark

    12 Dec 2011 - Foreign Policy

    The Council on Competitiveness, founded 25 years ago, was a brave start, but never really got off the ground.

  • Unemployment is world's fastest-rising fear --survey

    11 Dec 2011 - BBC World Service

    Unemployment is the world's fastest-rising worry, according to a BBC World Service survey covering 11,000 people in 23 countries. Global warming is trending down on the concern list.

  • What it Takes to Restore US Competitiveness

    08 Dec 2011 - CNBC

    It is still possible to launch bold, world-changing initiatives and investments in our future, blogs IBM's Bridget van Kralingen. They just need to be approached differently, with focus on bridging gaps in political viewpoints and strengthening our nation.

  • U.S. manufacturing policy in 'disarray'

    08 Dec 2011 - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

    Unlike export powerhouse nations such as Germany and China, the United States' policy for manufacturing is in disarray, according to the latest blue ribbon report on American manufacturing and how to make it competitive.

  • Which States Are Growing More Competitive?

    07 Dec 2011 -

    A side-by-side analysis of every state to show how they stack up against each other. The goal is to see which states are becoming more competitive, and which are losing their share of the jobs being created.

  • Obama's economic speech shifts the focus from deficits

    07 Dec 2011 - Washington Post

    The big shift in the United States over the past two decades is not a rise in regulations and taxation but a decline in investment--in physical and human capital. If we want the next generation of growth, we need a similarly serious strategy of investment.

  • Explaining Anemic U.S. Job Growth: The Role of Faltering U.S. Competitiveness

    05 Dec 2011 - The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation

    To get the recovery going full steam, we need to develop and implement a robust national innovation and competitiveness policy.

  • Leonsis, Case found $450 million fund to aid Washington area start-up firms

    30 Nov 2011 - Washington Post

    Washington entrepreneurs Ted Leonsis and Steve Case have assembled a $450 million investment war chest with the aim of rebuilding a start-up culture in Washington, D.C., the region that once gave rise to the company that made them rich, AOL.

  • Harvard analysts suggest Rx for America's unemployment doldrums

    30 Nov 2011 - Harvard Gazette

    While parts of the US economy have recovered from the recession, American jobs haven't returned with them. Unemployment remains above 9 percent nationally for the third straight year. Harvard experts offer insights into what such static joblessness means for the nation, and what policymakers and others can do to fix a balky system.

  • Bill Clinton and George W. Bush on Revitalizing America

    27 Nov 2011 - UBS Financial Services

    A Presidential conversation on the nation's economic recovery and future competitiveness with William J. Clinton and George W. Bush.

  • The Anatomy of Global Economic Uncertainty

    18 Nov 2011 - Project Syndicate

    The future of many Western economies, and that of the global economy, will be shaped by their ability to navigate four inter-related financial, economic, social, and political dynamics.

  • Digital Promise

    16 Nov 2011 - Digital Promise

    National center founded to integrate technology and education

  • Council of Competitiveness

    16 Nov 2011 -

    The Council of Competitiveness is a longstanding NGO that brings together business, labor and academia.

  • Let's Admit It: Globalization Has Losers

    15 Nov 2011 - New York Times

    Former Wall Street executive and Obama auto industry adviser Steven Rattner states that the manufacturing sector will continue to decline in the U.S. because labor remains cheaper elsewhere.

  • Shenzhou Shenanigans: U.S. Tech Transfer Paranoia and China's Space Program

    03 Nov 2011 - Business Insider

    Advocates for science and technology cooperation between China and the U.S. as integral to U.S. Competitiveness in response Congressman Frank Wolf's efforts to prevent such cooperation.

  • Remarks at U.S.-Canada Innovation Conference

    03 Nov 2011 - US Dept. of State

    Remarks by the US Deputy Secretary for Management and Resources at the U.S.-Canada Innovation Conference. Emphasizes importance of the U.S.-Canada trade relationship, facilitation of cooperation and general "North American Competitiveness"

  • Confronting U.S.-China Economic Imbalances

    03 Nov 2011 - Council on Foreign Relations

    An in depth look at China's holding of U.S. debt and China's currency manipulation in light of recent legislation in Congress.

  • How Technology is Eliminating Higher-Skill Jobs

    03 Nov 2011 - NPR

    Using the example of IBM's Watson computer, the article points to the increasing capabilities of technology. Whereas machines once took low skill manufacturing jobs, today we may be looking at an era where we lose "high-skill, better-paying jobs to machines."

  • Magical Thinking

    31 Oct 2011 - Huffington Post

    Writing on national investment in education, the article states that Americans are guilty of "magical thinking that we can get something for nothing or that quality will simply materialize out of the ether" to fix their underfunded education system.

  • American doesn't have a small business problem. It has a start up problem

    31 Oct 2011 - Washington Post

    Fewer new businesses are being formed in the U.S. as compared to other wealthy countries. Possible explanations include a thin social safety net in the U.S. and challenges of securing financing.

  • Advanced Manufacturing: Help Wanted

    30 Oct 2011 - Minneapolis Star Tribune

    Minnesota has begun a Right Skills Now program, pairing business leaders with state-level education officials to train community and technical college students with the skills that manufacturers need.

  • A Drop in U.S. Competitiveness

    22 Oct 2011 - Forbes

    Infographic on U.S. Global Competitiveness as explained by college/career readiness

  • Cosmic Convergence? China Growth and U.S. Unemployment Rates Coincide

    18 Oct 2011 - Wall Street Journal

    Discussion over Congress' efforts to punish China for its currency policy

  • Skills Shortage Threatens U.S. Manufacturers

    17 Oct 2011 - Financial Times

    A skills shortage in the manufacturing sector that has left 600,000 jobs unfilled and imperils U.S. competitiveness. The report was based on a report by Deloitte and the National Association of Manufacturers. (Registration required)

  • U.S. Falls Behind on Global Race for Talent

    17 Oct 2011 - Yale Global Online

    Repeats the call for easing immigration regulations to attract top talent to the U.S. "In a global economy where the best and the brightest are increasingly mobile," the article speculates that the world's top talent will be recruited by "developed nations with lower birth rates and decreasing pools of talented young people." If the U.S. hopes to compete, it needs to do more to entice talent.

  • American Must Manage its Decline

    17 Oct 2011 - Financial Times

    The US is in denial about its relative economic decline; it needs to take a lesson from post-WWII Britain which found that "decline in national power is perfectly compatible with an improvement in living standards for ordinary people, and with the maintenance of national security. Decline need not mean the end of peace and prosperity. But it does mean making choices and forging alliances." (Registration required)

  • The Great Restoration

    17 Oct 2011 - New York Times

    Americans financial behavior is changing and Americans are "repairing the economic moral fabric ." They are avoiding debt, reducing credit card use and curbing consumption. They want to see a reestablishment of the link between reward and effort. Loyalty to a single company, instead of jumping between jobs, is on the rise. (Subscription required)

  • Six Pac(k)in'

    11 Oct 2011 - PIMCO

    An economy in which corporate profits and benefits for labor are out of sync is unsustainable.

  • White House aims to lure more foreign direct investment

    10 Oct 2011 - Wall Street Journal

    The White House is trying to attract more foreign direct investment to the U.S., citing a goal of $1 trillion dollars over the next 5 years. These efforts are in concert with Secretary Clinton's recent meeting with the Job Council on the same topic. While House officials stressed the need for more open policies and less regulation to facilitate foreign investments. (Subscription required)

  • US Plans Supercomputer Push

    10 Oct 2011 - Wall Street Journal

    Efforts to build a new supercomputer would "restore American leadership in the technology." The U.S. has long been a leader in this field but "a Chinese supercomputer took the performance lead a year ago in a twice-yearly ranking of the 500 fastest supercomputers, setting off alarms about U.S. competitiveness and national security." (Subscription required)

  • China labour costs push jobs back to US

    06 Oct 2011 - Financial Times

    Article speculates that 're-shoring,' a return of manufacturing jobs to the U.S. owing to rising costs in China and greater worker efficiency in the U.S., would take place in the next decade. The U.S. has lost 5.7 million manufacturing jobs in the past decade and in 2010, China replaced the U.S. as the world's largest manufacturer. The article comes out of a Boston Consulting Group report. (Registration required)

  • i6 Green Challenge

    29 Sep 2011 - EPA

    The iGreen Challenge is a White House initiative designed to accelerate high growth, environment friendly entrepreneurship in the US by providing funding to technology-based green businesses. Each project was related to one of the following: renewable energy, energy efficiency, green building technology and manufacturing or reuse, recycling and restoration.

  • U.S. Chamber of Commerce Conference on Immigration & American Competitiveness: The Challenge Ahead

    28 Sep 2011 - U.S. Chamber of Commerce

    Conference hosted by U.S. Chamber of Conference with Mayor Bloomberg as keynote speaker

  • Funding woes sap quality of U.S. education

    28 Sep 2011 - Financial Times

    The U.S. is cutting funding to its higher education institutions at a time when rival nations like India and China are investing more money in education. The article states that "the cuts are part of a broader trend of disinvestment in infrastructure that has undermined the US's ability to compete in the global marketplace." (Registration required)

  • OECD annual Science, Technology and Industry Scoreboard

    20 Sep 2011 - OECD

    The OECD reports that the U.S. remains the number 1 spender in R&D, with a direct correlation to innovation. Experts warn however that as China, Israel and other nations increase their spending on R&D, the US must maintain high levels of R&D spending even as the budget undergoes cuts in order to retain its current ranking.

  • A Digital Promise to Our Nation's Children

    19 Sep 2011 - Wall Street Journal

    Secretary of Education Duncan and Netflix CEO Reed Hasting call upon the U.S. the lead the way in integrating technology with learning. (Subscription required)

  • Education Reform and US Competitiveness

    12 Sep 2011 - Council of Foreign Relations

    Recommendations on how to reform education to enhance U.S. competitiveness.

  • Education Reform and US Competitiveness

    12 Sep 2011 - Council of Foreign Relations

    Secretary of Education Duncan and Netflix CEO Reed Hasting call upon the U.S. the lead the way in integrating technology with learning. (Subscription required)

  • U.S. Competitiveness Drops for Third Year; Swiss Remains on Top

    07 Sep 2011 - Bloomberg

    The World Economic Forum released its Global Competitiveness Ratings in September 2011 in which the U.S. fell for the 3rd year in a row, ranked as the world's 5th most competitive nation. The lead economist stated that the U.S. needs to address problems of debt and macroeconomic instability.

  • Restoring American Competitiveness: Navigating a Path Forward Through Innovation and Entrepreneurship

    07 Sep 2011 - Center for Public Policy Innovation

    Focuses on the role of government, specifically reforming financial laws to facilitate entrepreneurship, investing in education to produce an able workforce and reducing the corporate tax rate.

  • 2011 IT Industry Competitiveness Index

    01 Sep 2011 - Economist Intelligence Unit

    The U.S. was ranked number one in the 2011 IT Industry Competitiveness Index. The survey is carried out by the Business Software Alliance and the Economist Intelligence Unit. The US was strongest in R&D environment, human capital and support for IT industry development. The survey identified legal environment and IT infrastructure as areas in which the U.S. could improve.

  • Immigrants: Building U.S. Competitiveness

    16 Jul 2011 - The Oregonian

    Op-ed by Former Commerce Secretaries Gary Locke and Carlos Gutierrez calls on the U.S. to develop an immigration policy that accommodates U.S.-educated foreign nationals who wish to stay in the country and eases visa restrictions on entrepreneurs.

  • Ignite 2.0

    01 Jun 2011 - Council on Competitiveness

    Insights from university leaders and national laboratories.

  • Ignite 1.0

    01 Feb 2011 - Council on Competitiveness

    Insights from CEOs and senior executives.

  • IBM, lab join hands to boost US competitiveness

    31 Dec 1969 - ComputerWorld

    • IBM is joining hands with the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory to develop new technology, products and processes critical to the U.S. infrastructure in an effort to boost the global competitiveness of the country.
  • America's New Energy Reality

    31 Dec 1969 - New York Times

    America's new energy reality requires a new way of thinking and talking about the country's improving energy position and how to facilitate this growth in an environmentally sound way--recognizing the considerable benefits this will bring in an era of economic uncertainty.

  • America's New Energy Reality

    31 Dec 1969 - New York Times

    America's new energy reality requires a new way of thinking and talking about the country's improving energy position and how to facilitate this growth in an environmentally sound way--recognizing the considerable benefits this will bring in an era of economic uncertainty.