• Small, but fierce: How tiny firms can pack a big punch

    17 Oct 2014 - Fortune

    In an economy hostile to small business, how are the most successful small firms surviving?

    As former Small Business Administration head Karen Mills showed this year in a working paper published by Harvard Business School, bank lending to small businesses collapsed during the financial crisis and has yet to recover.

    Harvard lecturer Joseph B. Fuller sees big problems in the supply chain for labor, with employers reluctant to hire full-time and invest in training workers, and prospective workers unsure of the skills they need to succeed in today's economy.

  • Getting Down to Business on Workforce Preparation

    09 Oct 2014 - The Huffington Post

    While the Great Recession is officially over, many Americans are still struggling to regain their economic footing. One way to get our country on a sound path to recovery is a focus on better preparing our students for success in the workforce. So says a new report by Harvard Business School's U.S. Competitiveness Project, "An Economy Doing Half Its Job."

  • Harvard prof says economy "disturbing," but not because of recession: 5 takeaways

    30 Sep 2014 - Star Tribune

    Michael Porter was in the Twin Cities on Monday talking about regional clusters, American stagnation, and the country's failed economic development efforts.

  • Small business owners take next step

    18 Sep 2014 - MSNBC

    Carla Walker-Miller and Markeith Weldon are both graduates of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program, and they join Morning Joe to discuss.

  • America's Business Elites Admit They'd Rather Hire Robots Than People

    09 Sep 2014 - ThinkProgress

    Corporate boards lavish them with massive pay packages and politicians venerate them as "job creators." But it turns out that America's business chieftains would rather not create full-time jobs to do what needs doing if they can possibly avoid it, according to the latest annual survey from the Harvard Business School (HBS).

  • US Wealth Gap 'Unsustainable,' Wages Expected To Fall, Says New Harvard Study

    09 Sep 2014 - International Business Times

    The growing U.S. wealth gap is "unsustainable" and the disparity between the rich, middle, and lower classes is likely only to increase in the near future, a new Harvard Business School study finds. Business leaders also do not expect worker compensation to increase over the next few years, according to the study.

  • HBS study warns of 'unsustainable' wealth gap, complacency in U.S.

    09 Sep 2014 - Boston Business Journal

    A Harvard Business School survey of nearly 2,000 alumni has concluded that the divide between America's wealthy and lower-income classes is "unsustainable" and likely to feed into a negative cycle of weaker performance and stagnant wages among U.S. employers.

  • If government is bad and companies are good, explain San Onofre

    09 Sep 2014 - Los Angeles Times

    The San Onofre nuclear plant on the California coast is a dark, useless hulk today because Southern California Edison, a private utility, utterly screwed up a $700-million refurbishment project. Home Depot exposed 60 million customer credit and data cards to hackers all by itself, without any government help whatsoever. (In fact, some well-aimed government regulation might have forced Home Depot and other retailers to move to hacker-resistant smart cards long ago.)

  • Business Leaders Downbeat on Workers' Prospects

    09 Sep 2014 - The Boston Globe

    Despite an improving economy and record corporate profits, business leaders are skeptical about their ability to compete abroad and downright pessimistic about the prospect of increasing pay or improving living conditions for American workers, according to a new report from Harvard Business School.

    Co-authored by high-profile Harvard professor Michael Porter, the report also identified a "troubling divergence" in the economy, in which most businesses are thriving, as are highly skilled workers, yet middle-class and working-class employees are struggling.

  • US Wealth Gap 'Unsustainable', May Worsen: Harvard Study

    08 Sep 2014 - Press TV Iran

    The growing income inequality in the United States between the richest Americans and the middle and lower classes is "unsustainable" and may worsen, according to a new study by Harvard University.

  • The Slow Decay of American Economic Competitiveness

    08 Sep 2014 - Fortune

    A new survey from Harvard Business School paints a worrying picture for the health of small business in America.

    While the American economy is adding jobs at a faster pace than at any point since the end of the financial crisis and is growing faster than many of its developed peers, it's still not close to full strength.

  • Top Business Leaders See Split Economy

    08 Sep 2014 - USA Today

    Top business leaders foresee U.S. competitiveness eroding but they're less pessimistic than they were and are far more bullish about the nation's corporations than its workers, according to a Harvard Business School survey.

  • Harvard Business School Alumni Temper Pessimism About the U.S.

    08 Sep 2014 - Bloomberg Businessweek

    Harvard Business School alumni have turned less pessimistic about U.S. competitiveness and more confident in the country's ability to keep up with or pull ahead of other advanced and emerging market economies, according to a survey released today.

  • Average American doing 'very badly': Survey

    08 Sep 2014 - CNBC Squawk Box

    Michael Porter, Harvard Business School professor, reveals the results of a recent study on U.S. competitiveness. What's not going well is America as a place to invest and create jobs, says Porter.

  • Harvard argues America's wealth gap is 'unsustainable' and may worsen as large companies rally while workers lag further behind

    08 Sep 2014 - The Daily Mail

    The widening gap between America's wealthiest and its middle and lower classes is 'unsustainable', but is unlikely to improve any time soon, according to a Harvard Business School study released on Monday.

  • America's Wealth Gap 'Unsustainable,' May Worsen: Harvard Study

    08 Sep 2014 - Reuters

    The widening gap between America's wealthiest and its middle and lower classes is "unsustainable", but is unlikely to improve any time soon, according to a Harvard Business School study released on Monday.

    The study, titled "An Economy Doing Half its Job", said American companies - particularly big ones - were showing some signs of recovering their competitive edge on the world stage since the financial crisis, but that workers would likely keep struggling to demand better pay and benefits.

  • About that Raise ... U.S. Execs Feeling Tight-Fisted

    08 Sep 2014 - Associated Press

    A survey of Harvard Business School alumni released Monday reveals a series of trends that are widening income disparities and may be weakening the ability of the U.S. economy to grow in the long term.

  • Study Raises Red Flags for Economy

    08 Sep 2014 - The Wall Street Journal

    Can the U.S. compete internationally? Its companies can. Its workers cannot.

    That is the key finding from a new survey of Harvard Business School alumni that delves into their views of the U.S. business environment to see where the nation thrives and where it falters.

  • American Public Suffers as Companies Prosper: Reports

    08 Sep 2014 - Ria Novosti

    A new survey of Harvard Business School alumni reveals that business executives believe the United States' companies are thriving and will continue to do so while the American public suffers, the Wall Street Journal reported Monday.

  • Cavuto

    08 Sep 2014 - Fox Business

    Harvard study: 41% foresee lower wages & benefits for U.S. workers.

  • Harvard Study Says Economy Is 'Doing Half Its Job.' Guess Which Half.

    08 Sep 2014 - NPR

    Need more evidence that the U.S. economy is moving on two tracks? A new Harvard Business School study, released Monday, may confirm your fears.

    The report, "An Economy Doing Half Its Job," involved a survey of 1,947 alumni. The Harvard-educated business leaders expressed concerns about U.S. competitiveness in the global marketplace. But they were far more optimistic about the future for U.S. corporations than for that of workers, the survey showed.

  • Assessing U.S. Competitiveness

    08 Sep 2014 - The Wall Street Journal

    On the heels of last week's lackluster jobs report comes a new survey of how Harvard Business School alumni assess the current U.S. business environment.

    "The survey of 1,947 business-school grads found that 31% believe companies will be better able to compete globally in the next three years, compared with 26% seeing a worse environment," reports the Wall Street Journal. But is even that level of optimism warranted?

  • Income inequality is unsustainable; Just ask Harvard Business School

    08 Sep 2014 - Al Jazeera America

    In its latest report on U.S. competitiveness, based on an alumni survey, HBS researchers observe: "Labor force participation in America peaked in 1997 and has now fallen to levels not seen in three decades. Real hourly wages have stalled even among college-educated Americans; only those with advanced degrees have seen gains."

  • Widening income gap in US 'unsustainable' but unlikely to improve

    08 Sep 2014 - RT

    The widening gap between America's richest and the middle and working classes is unsustainable and is unlikely to improve a survey released on Monday by the Harvard Business School has found.

  • Tax Harvard, reject the status quo and reform the welfare state

    08 Sep 2014 - The Washington Post

    A survey of Harvard business grads shows that they "see, on one hand, an uncompetitive K-12 education system, a poor tax code and a broken political system. On the other hand, they see high-quality capital markets, sophisticated management systems, pathbreaking universities and a vibrant environment for entrepreneurs."

  • Why Harvard Business grads think U.S. workers will be worse off

    08 Sep 2014 - Market Watch

    Large U.S. businesses are posting strong profits and keeping up with the global competition, but American workers might see wages fall and full-time jobs become more scarce.

    Says who? Says a new survey of 2,000 alumni of the Harvard Business School scattered across 73 countries. Title: "An Economy Doing Half its Job."

  • Diversity Is America's 21st Century Strength

    20 Aug 2014 - The Huffington Post

    Open immigration is not the answer, but the United States should not hold up the reform of skilled-immigration programs like the H-1B and L-1 visas because of the political logjam over how to stop the flow of illegal immigration.

    Immigrants account for a majority of the net increase in the US workforce concentrated in the so-called STEM work (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) since 1995. According to William R. Kerr at the Harvard Business School, immigration "provides the United States with a number of exceptional superstars for STEM work. Second, immigration acts through the sheer quantity of workers that it provides for STEM fields." Kerr believes that the "quantity aspect of high-skilled immigration is the stronger factor" in terms of impact.

  • The Tax Dodge That Has Plagued the U.S. for More Than a Decade

    19 Aug 2014 - The Atlantic

    "I think we should avoid that temptation to do something now just because it feels good to do something," Desai says. According to him, the inversions we're seeing now are simply the unanticipated effects of the legislation passed in 2004. Increasing the requirements on foreign ownership, then, might be a salve that not only would be temporary, but would also open up problematic possibilities down the line.

  • How U.S. states can get small businesses growing (again)

    14 Aug 2014 - Fortune

    Massachusetts has created a model based on public-private partnerships, a promising blueprint other states should follow.

  • Getting a Handle on Inversion

    14 Aug 2014 - Harvard Gazette

    In recent years, a number of U.S.-based corporations with significant international holdings have shifted their headquarters overseas in an attempt to lower their tax bills. Harvard Business School's Mihir Desai is an expert on tax policy, international finance, and corporate finance.

    "While it is tempting to characterize corporate tax reform as a sop to big business, we know that the burden of the corporate tax is borne by shareholders, workers, or customers. And much of the available evidence points to the majority of the burden being borne by workers, a result that is intuitive when one compares the relative mobility of capital, labor, and products," Desai said.

  • Summer School? Teens Trade Classes for Factory Jobs

    07 Aug 2014 - The Wall Street Journal

    Few companies get involved in education to the extent that Southwire has, according to Jan Rivkin, a professor at Harvard Business School. Together with the Boston Consulting Group, the business school recently surveyed superintendents across the nation about the extent to which they collaborate with corporations. The survey found that most school districts receive some form of support from businesses, but it is usually limited to donations of money and equipment.

  • SBA's former chief: Small business lending hasn't recovered — and that's a big problem

    06 Aug 2014 - The Washington Post

    Securing a bank loan isn't as difficult for small businesses today as it was during the recession. However, it's still not as easy as it was prior to the collapse — and that appears to be holding back the broader economic recovery.

    In a nutshell, that's the takeaway from a pair of research articles recently penned by Karen Mills, the former head of the Small Business Administration and now a senior fellow at Harvard Business School and Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

  • The Dream Factory: How Putting Kids To Work Helps Them Stay In School

    30 Jul 2014 - Forbes

    Georgia-based Southwire staffed a plant with troubled teens, who proved that hard work can overcome hard knocks. In the process they pioneered a model for education reform nationwide.

    "It's a remarkable win-win-win. Students are graduating, the school system loves it, the company makes money. It's mutually beneficial," says Harvard Business School's Jan Rivkin, who has closely studied the company's efforts.

  • Expensive Small Business Lenders Are Unregulated. Should They Be?

    25 Jul 2014 - Bloomberg Businessweek

    Critics calling for regulation of alternative lenders have pointed to high borrowing costs, which often top 50 percent on an annualized basis, and lack of transparency, especially among the brokers many lenders rely on to bring in business. On the other hand, "there are some who say the marketplace is solving the problem," said Karen Mills, former head of the Small Business Administration, in a recent interview. "You have innovators and entrepreneurs coming in, and you don't want to get in the way of this too soon."

  • Former SBA Chief Raises Alarm Over a Still Tight Credit Market for Small Businesses

    22 Jul 2014 - Inc.

    Karen Mills' Harvard report on the state of small business lending paints a bleak picture, with the exception of technology.

  • Congress Is Split on Taxing of Corporate Inversions

    22 Jul 2014 - The Wall Street Journal

    Some tax experts testifying at Tuesday's hearing cautioned that narrow legislation could prove counterproductive even if it successfully deters some companies from reincorporating overseas. For instance, raising the threshold of a foreign company's ownership for inversions could prompt bigger foreign companies to get involved in the transactions. That could result in the U.S. portion of the company shifting more of its jobs overseas, including high-paying headquarters jobs, said Mihir Desai, finance professor at Harvard Business School.

  • Senate Panel Takes On Tax Inversions

    22 Jul 2014 - The New York Times

    Mihir A. Desai, a professor of law at Harvard University, said punitive legislation could be counterproductive.

    "Legislation that is narrowly focused on preventing inversions or specific transactions runs the risk of being counterproductive," he said. "For example, rules that increase the required size of a foreign target to ensure the tax benefits of an inversion can deter these transactions but can also lead to more substantive transactions."

  • Senate Targets Tax Reform

    22 Jul 2014 - CNBC Squawk Box

    Mihir Desai, Harvard Business School professor, shares his thoughts on corporate tax reform ahead of Tuesday morning's Senate hearing.

  • Corporate inversion: an expensive way to save on taxes

    15 Jul 2014 - Marketplace

    American drug companies AbbVie and Mylan won't be American long if all goes as planned. Both are involved in international mergers (worth $53.6 billion and $5.3 billion, respectively) with the ultimate goal of moving their home bases abroad.

    Professor Mihir Desai comments to Mark Garrison on "Marketplace."

  • How to ignite the U.S. economy (region-by-region)

    15 Jul 2014 - Fortune

    Over the last few weeks the economy has sent some mixed messages. We received a good June jobs report, only to have it followed by a downtick in small business optimism.

    Is our economy growing? And if not, what's going to jump-start it?

    Look to Fargo, North Dakota, for a little inspiration.

  • Time to Reinvent Business-Education Partnerships in America

    14 Jul 2014 - Ideas Lab

    Business and education leaders, together, can do a better job of developing the well-educated, highly skilled employees whom companies and the country need.

    Today, business leaders support schools through efforts that are generous, well-intended, effective at alleviating the symptoms of a weak educational system, but fundamentally inadequate for helping to strengthen the system. Consequently, it's time for America's business leaders to reinvent how they partner with educators to support our students and improve our schools. That is the central message emerging from a year-long study by the faculty of Harvard Business School's U.S. Competitiveness Project, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and The Boston Consulting Group.

  • Reframing Infrastructure: It's Really Mobility

    08 Jul 2014 - The Hill

    The latest political "cliff" crisis is centered on funding for infrastructure maintenance and upgrades, specifically the Federal Highway Trust Fund. A quarter of American bridges are deemed structurally deficient, rail accidents exacerbate road congestion, mobile networks have variable coverage, and airlines are desperate for next generation air traffic control to reduce delays and fuel burn. America's elected officials must not only put politics aside and work together to invest in infrastructure, they should also modernize their frame of reference for infrastructure, with a focus on mobility.

  • Business must align with schools to close "skills gap"

    06 Jul 2014 - The Denver Post

    "We do not take an approach—either at the national level or state level—that creates an ease of communications between employers and educational institutions that are going to impart skills and background to potential employees," said Joe Fuller, a Harvard Business School professor and faculty member of the school's U.S. Competitiveness Project. "This is why we have 12 million to 13 million unemployed people and 650,000 job openings in manufacturing right now."

  • What Role Does Government Play in Job Creation?

    06 Jun 2014 - Bloomberg Television

    Karen Mills, senior fellow at Harvard Business School, and Matthew Ferguson, Chief Executive Officer at CareerBuilder, talk with Erik Schatzker about the U.S. job market, the roles played by government and the business community in creating jobs, and the challenges for small business to find skilled labor to fill positions needed to grow their companies. They speak on Bloomberg Television's "Market Makers."

  • The U.S. Needs More Broadband to Compete

    16 May 2014 - The Wall Street Journal

    Without more and better broadband, future U.S. competitiveness is jeopardized, says Professor Rosabeth Moss Kanter.

  • Three ways to reignite U.S. job creation

    07 May 2014 - Fortune

    Despite the strong monthly U.S. jobs report released last week, it's likely too soon to cheer the positive numbers. In recent years, the number of jobs created has been anything but choppy; for instance, in October 2012 and again in February and November 2013, the U.S. economy generated more than 200,000—enough to keep up with population growth. In December and earlier this year in January, however, that momentum lapsed when job creation dropped to less than 150,000.

    It's no wonder Americans remain anxious. In many parts of the country people don't believe they will be better off in five years than they are today. This anxiety shakes the very foundation of the American Dream.

    Karen Mills, Senior Fellow, Harvard Business School

  • Welcome To Cummins, U.S.A.

    05 May 2014 - Forbes

    The Indiana enginemaker believes deeply in the anachronistic idea that investing in its community is smart business. Could it be on to something?

    "What they're doing is just taking an intelligent self-interest in their community rather than a selfish interest," says Harvard Business School professor Joseph L. Bower, who has studied Cummins.

  • Heard off the Street: Competitiveness gap may be narrowing

    05 May 2014 - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

    The combination of higher wages in China and the U.S. energy boom is shrinking the manufacturing competitiveness gap between the world's two largest economies, according to a new study by the Boston Consulting Group.

  • Inaction in D.C. imperils state highway projects

    04 May 2014 - The Boston Globe

    Nearly $5 billion of proposed road, transit, and bicycling improvements across Massachusetts are at risk because Congress has failed to act at a time when the nation's main source of highway funding verges on insolvency.

    State political leaders call a pair of approaching transportation deadlines — one to refill the highway trust fund by this summer and another to renew the national transportation program — a "looming crisis."

  • Do Fewer Unions Make Countries More Competitive?

    01 May 2014 - FiveThirtyEight

    The effect of unionization on a country's economic competitiveness is of great interest to — and controversy among — economists. Are countries with higher rates of unionization more or less economically competitive?

  • America's educational failings

    01 May 2014 - Washington Post

    It is now well known that Thomas Piketty — the French economist and author of the 700-page bestseller "Capital in the Twenty-First Century" — argues that the free market tends to produce inequalities of wealth that become dynastic and anti-meritocratic. The solution that everyone is talking about is taxing the rich. But in reading the book, it's clear that Piketty recognizes that, "over a long period of time, the main force in favor of greater equality has been the diffusion of knowledge and skills."

  • Cities, states to lose big if highway fund disappears

    30 Apr 2014 - USA Today

    States and local governments stand to lose $46.8 billion in federal funding for transportation and transit projects next year if Congress doesn't put more money into the Highway Trust Fund and it slides into insolvency, according to a new report.

    Rosabeth Kanter, a professor and part of the Harvard Business School's U.S. Competitiveness Project, a research-led effort to understand and improve the nation's competitiveness, ... said Congress needs to pass a bill to avoid "running out of money before they get all the potholes fixed."

  • Pfizer Proposes a Marriage With AstraZeneca, Easing Taxes in a Move to Britain

    28 Apr 2014 - The New York Times

    Pfizer, the maker of best-selling drugs like Lipitor and Viagra and a symbol of business prowess in the United States for more than a century, no longer wants to be an American company.

    On Monday, Pfizer proposed a $99 billion acquisition of its British rival AstraZeneca that would allow it to reincorporate in Britain. Doing so would allow Pfizer to escape the United States corporate tax rate and tap into a mountain of cash trapped overseas, saving it billions of dollars each year and making the company more competitive with other global drug makers.

  • City Heights Nonprofit Struggles To Connect With San Diego Businesses

    23 Apr 2014 - KPBS

    It's been an uphill battle to get San Diego businesses engaged in a City Heights education initiative. In 2011, City Heights Partnership for Children was launched. The idea was to join with San Diego Unified school district and the business community to create a cradle to college to career education effort in City Heights.

    But a recent case study by the Harvard Business School's U.S. Competitiveness Project notes how the effort has struggled to connect with San Diego businesses. "On a scale of 1 to 10, I think we are at a 4 on mobilizing the business involvement," City Heights Partnership for Children Executive Director Tad Parzen said.

  • Michael Porter on GPS: Is the U.S. #1?

    21 Apr 2014 - CNN

    An interview with professor at the Harvard Business School, and Director at the Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness, Michael Porter. Porter spoke about "The Social Progress Index", a new report that ranks countries on how well their citizens live. He discussed why the United States rank 16th.

  • U.S. Corporate Tax System Stifling Growth: Pozen

    14 Apr 2014 - Bloomberg

    Robert Pozen, senior lecturer at Harvard Business School and former chairman of MFS Investment Management, talks about the U.S. corporate tax system and its impact on the economy. Pozen speaks with Betty Liu on Bloomberg Television's "In the Loop." Maurice "Hank" Greenberg, chief executive officer of C.V. Starr & Co., also speaks.

  • CEO attacking wage-productivity gap

    12 Apr 2014 - Cincinnati Enquirer

    Dan Cunningham is looking for five or six fellow CEOs who are committed to narrowing the gap between wages and output in their own businesses and who are willing to share best practices with others. Cunningham also wants to partner with business and community leaders who are identifying regional clusters that are poised for growth and global competitiveness.

    Cunningham, chief executive officer of the Long-Stanton Group, is fresh off a fellowship at Harvard University, where he studied with professors including Michael Porter, an expert on competitive strategy, and Larry Summers, the former U.S. treasury secretary.

  • Professor Shih Gives Manufacturing Renaissance a C-

    11 Apr 2014 - IndustryWeek

    Willy Shih is still worried. Five years ago, the Harvard Business School professor and his colleague Gary Pisano wrote that "restoring the ability of enterprises to develop and manufacture high-technology products in America ... is the only way the country can hope to pay down its enormous deficits and maintain, let alone raise, its citizens' standard of living."

    But when IndustryWeek asked Shih to assign a grade to our nation's efforts to reverse the impact of decades of manufacturing offshoring and lost production capability, he answered, "C-."

  • A Playbook For Small-Business Job Creation

    09 Apr 2014 - Forbes

    As Administrator of the Small Business Administration (SBA), Karen Mills spent four years as part of President Barack Obama's senior economic team and a member of his Cabinet, specifically focused on the health and growth of America's small businesses and entrepreneurs. Now Mills has brought her experience as a policy maker—as well as 25 years of experience as an investor and small business owner—to the U.S. Competitiveness Project at Harvard Business School.

  • U.S. to give city $7 million to create two schools modeled after Brooklyn's P-TECH

    07 Apr 2014 - N.Y. Daily News

    Launched in 2011, P-TECH offers students a college degree in an innovative six-year program created in partnership with IBM, which will give graduates first crack at jobs.

    Read more on P-TECH in the BCG-Gates-HBS report, Lasting Impact: A Business Leader’s Playbook for Supporting America’s Schools.

  • China Outpaces U.S. in Clean Energy Investment, Again

    04 Apr 2014 - Huffington Post

    The Pew Charitable Trust released its annual ranking of how countries are faring against one another in the clean energy race, and China has for the fourth time in the past five years overtaken the United States as the global leader in clean energy investment.

  • We're Not No. 1! We're Not No. 1!

    03 Apr 2014 - The New York Times

    A major new ranking of livability in 132 countries puts the United States in a sobering 16th place. We underperform because our economic and military strengths don't translate into well-being for the average citizen. The Social Progress Index is a brainchild of Michael E. Porter, the eminent Harvard business professor who earlier helped develop the Global Competitiveness Report.

  • Young Workers Change Jobs Frequently, Study Shows

    26 Mar 2014 - Associated Press

    Young adults born in the early 1980s held an average of just over six jobs each from ages 18 through 26, a Labor Department survey showed Wednesday.

    Joe Fuller, a Harvard Business School professor and contributing faculty member to the U.S. Competitiveness Project, said the report contained no big surprises, but "what this data really says is, if you have less educational attainment, you're more likely to be unemployed."

  • How Should We Tackle America's Transportation and Infrastructure Woes?

    14 Mar 2014 - Forbes

    America's infrastructure woes and how to fix them were front and center at the recent summit, America on the Move: Transportation and Infrastructure for the 21st Century, led by Rosabeth Moss Kanter.

  • Can We Get To Where We Need To Go?

    13 Mar 2014 - Harvard Business School Working Knowledge

    America's infrastructure woes and how to fix them were front and center at the recent summit, America on the Move: Transportation and Infrastructure for the 21st Century, led by Rosabeth Moss Kanter.

  • Making Progress on Trade and Competitiveness

    12 Mar 2014 - Center for American Progress

    With the United States negotiating major regional trade deals with both the Asia-Pacific and Europe, Congress may face choices in the coming months on international trade that could shape the U.S. economy for decades to come.

  • Once Again, You Can Say 'Made in the USA'

    06 Mar 2014 - McClatchy-Tribune News

    U.S. manufacturing is on the rebound. And the shale gas energy boom is accelerating the progress, benefiting nearly every manufacturing sector, as well as U.S. consumers and workers, who will reap the benefit of as many as 5 million new manufacturing and service jobs by the end of this decade.

  • Shale gas gives US competitive advantages

    05 Mar 2014 - Oil and Gas Journal

    The US holds ample reserves of natural gas to help supply rising world gas demand, particularly for gas-fired electric power generation in Asia, speakers told the IHS CERAWeek energy conference.

  • Investment in Infrastructure Will Help Small Businesses Drive Economic Growth

    28 Feb 2014 - Huffington Post

    This week I had the pleasure of participating in Harvard Business School's "America on the Move Summit" alongside business leaders like Jeff Immelt from GE and Mary Barra from GM. Our event came right on the heels of the President's announcement that he will push for a "grand bargain on jobs" to pair $302 billion of investment in our transportation infrastructure with corporate tax reform. And, I spoke about why investing in America's infrastructure is important to small businesses. —Karen G. Mills, Senior Fellow, Harvard Business School

  • Private Investors Can Save Public Infrastructure

    28 Feb 2014 - Bloomberg View

    For decades, argues Harvard Business School's Rosabeth Moss Kanter, we have paid for our neglected infrastructure in lost productivity and jobs, but the full bill is coming due.

  • What Good Are Airports If You Can't Get There?

    27 Feb 2014 - Bloomberg View

    Until recently, it could take 48 hours for freight trains to travel the 2,200 miles from Los Angeles to Chicago -- and then 30 more hours just to cross Chicago. We are building a 21st century economy on a 19th century rail network, says Rosabeth Moss Kanter.

  • Big Data in the Driver's Seat

    26 Feb 2014 - Bloomberg View

    The development of the Interstate Highway System in the 1950s made the car the preferred individual mode of ground transportation. This upended residential patterns, creating suburbs and exurbs, and relegated rail to the background. Sixty years later, however, America has changed, argues Rosabeth Moss Kanter.

  • U.S. Mexican, Canadian leaders commit to region's competitiveness

    20 Feb 2014 - UPI

    Mexico, Canada, and the United States vowed to position the region as a global competitor, Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto told business and academic leaders.

  • U.S. More Than 60 Percent to Cost-Competitiveness Goal

    13 Feb 2014 - SolarServer

    The U.S. Department of Energy announced that it is more more than 60 percent of the way towards achieving cost-competitiveness with conventional generation.

  • Income Inequality? The Key To Fixing It Is Restoring American Competitiveness

    13 Feb 2014 - Forbes

    From the White House to New York City's new mayor, nothing is attracting more political attention these days than the idea of income inequality—that the rich are getting richer while the middle class and poor tread water, at best.

    Few people I've ever heard are as informed or as eloquent on the subject as Harvard Business School's Jan Rivkin.

  • The global impact of US shale

    12 Feb 2014 - ChinaDaily USA

    The US' shale gas and tight oil are already changing global energy markets and reducing both Europe's competitiveness vis-a-vis the US and China's overall manufacturing competitiveness.

  • US Lead in Science and Technology Shrinking

    10 Feb 2014 - Bioscience Technology

    The United States' predominance in science and technology eroded further during the last decade, as several Asian nations—particularly China and South Korea—rapidly increased their innovation capacities, according to the National Science Board.

  • Jobs Report: U.S. Economy Added 113,000 Jobs In January, Unemployment Down To 6.6%

    08 Feb 2014 -

    Employers added 113,000 jobs in January, well below the 185,000 economists had expected.

  • The shale factor in U.S. national security

    07 Feb 2014 -

    The boom in domestic shale oil and gas production has increased U.S. prosperity and economic competitiveness. But the potential for this to enhance our national security remains largely unrealized.

  • Beyond "Checkbook Philanthropy" in Education

    06 Feb 2014 - Politico Morning Education

    U.S. corporations donate an estimated $3 billion to $4 billion a year to K-12 education. A new report from HBS, BCG, and the Gates Foundation argues that's not enough. A companion piece explores a survey given to more than 1,100 superintendents nationwide.

  • Business Leaders Lack Knowledge About K-12 Education, Superintendents Say

    06 Feb 2014 - Education Week

    Most school superintendents in the United States say businesses are positively influencing their districts, but it's usually in a fragmented, "checkbook philanthropy" way, concludes a study and a white paper released February 6 by Harvard Business School, The Boston Consulting Group, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

  • Contrary to Popular Opinion: America Doing Well (Relatively) Economically and Competitively

    06 Feb 2014 - Huffington Post

    Contrary to popular opinion when one looks at a variety of data sources, the United States appears to be doing well in relative terms both economically and competitively.

  • Harvard Professor Michael Porter On Need for Growth

    01 Feb 2014 - No Labels Radio

    Gov. Jon Huntsman talks with Harvard Business School Professor Michael Porter about the importance of competitiveness and growth in America, and the challenge that No Labels is undertaking to help maintain America as a competitive society.

  • Joe Biden's Latest Challenge: Closing the Workplace "Skills Gap"

    30 Jan 2014 - Wall Street Journal

    Harvard Business School professor Joe Fuller joins other experts looking behind President Obama's proposal to address the United States "skills gap."

  • Manufacturers to D.C.: Make Us a Can-Do Nation Again

    28 Jan 2014 - Real Clear Politics

    Over the next year, the president and Congress, in partnership with manufacturers and the entire private sector, must work together on a broad-based agenda to spur long-term economic growth and employment.

  • Dorel to end bicycle industry's last assembly operations in the U.S.

    23 Jan 2014 - Toronto Star

    Dorel is closing the bicycle industry's last assembly operations in the United States and shifting the work from Pennsylvania to third-party suppliers in Asia.

  • Penny Pritzker pitches global trade

    18 Jan 2014 - Chicago Tribune

    The U.S. needs to open its doors more widely to world trade and embrace its own foreign-born residents to remain competitive in the global economy, U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker said Friday.

  • NAFTA's Next 20 Years

    06 Jan 2014 -

    The formation of a single, integrated North American manufacturing platform has tied together the economic fates of each NAFTA partner while the rise of China and other economies around the world has raised the level of competition.

  • Why Smart Leaders Would Fix Our Infrastructure Now

    03 Jan 2014 - Fiscal Times

    There is a strong argument that it is a wise time to make a strategic investment in U.S. infrastructure by adding to the country's debt while interest rates remain extremely low.

  • Jamie Dimon's harried JPMorgan Chase pushes campaign for worker training

    02 Jan 2014 - Washington Post

    The chief executive of JPMorgan estimates that a worker "skills gap" may be holding back economic growth and keeping unemployment a percentage point or two higher than it otherwise could be.

  • U.S. Solar Panel Maker Seeks to Close Loophole in Duties on Chinese Products

    27 Dec 2013 - New York Times

    Should the petition go forward, it could effectively block Chinese manufacturers from the American market.

  • Airlines for America urges Congress to improve US carriers global competitiveness

    20 Dec 2013 - CAPA Centre for Innovation

    Airlines for America CEO Nicholas Calio tells Congress that US carriers are a strategic asset of the economy yet "the policies of our own government continue to impede the viability and competitiveness of our carriers."

  • Big Business Bets on Education, Turning Factories and Corporate Campuses Into Schools

    11 Dec 2013 -

    Harvard Business School Professor Jan Rivkin discusses why businesses must rethink their approach to education and invest locally in order to expand globally. Partnering with educators in their communities helps companies ensure that people have the necessary skills to succeed in the 21st century economy.

  • Are US Companies Risking Their Own Future By Not Investing At Home?

    05 Dec 2013 -

    As U.S. companies expanded globally in the 1970s and 1980s, they started ignoring their hometowns, hurting America and putting companies' long-term profits at risk, Jan Rivkin, professor at Harvard Business School, told a room full of business leaders. The result is that companies' profits have risen thanks to global success while American workers have struggled to keep up.

  • Companies, academics say budget cuts threaten U.S. competitiveness

    04 Dec 2013 - Chicago Tribune

    Mandatory U.S. budget cuts known as sequestration are resulting in job losses across the country and threaten to undermine U.S. competitiveness in the global economy, industry executives and academics said on Monday, urging Congress to reverse the cuts.

  • US high school students slide in math, reading, science

    03 Dec 2013 - NPR

    Harvard Business School Professor Jan Rivkin discusses implications of the recent PISA 2012 findings with NPR's Claudio Sanchez. The test measures students' proficiency in reading, math and science worldwide, and shows that American 15-year-olds continue to turn in flat results.

  • Are American Workers the Best?

    25 Nov 2013 - WGBH

    In a continuing series on American competitiveness, WGBH's "Innovation Hub" looks at the competitiveness of American workers with Harvard Business School's Rosabeth Moss Kanter and MIT's Elisabeth Reynolds.

  • Immigration reform needed for global competitiveness

    24 Nov 2013 -

    As CEO of CKE Restaurants, I have firsthand knowledge of the vital role immigrants play in growing U.S. businesses, spurring innovation and creating jobs. Our broken immigration system hurts individual businesses, like ours, that create jobs and thrive on economic growth.

  • Auto Suppliers' Return to Profitability Sends Signals About Innovation in U.S. Advanced Industries

    20 Nov 2013 - Brookings Institution

    The long-awaited and hard-earned return to profitability at the country's largest auto suppliers, reported by the Wall Street Journal last week, reflects deep structural shifts underway in the nature and organization of advanced production in the United States.

  • US shale gas boom to take center stage at GPCA forum

    20 Nov 2013 - Arab News

    The US shale gas boom has revived the US chemical industry, which is becoming increasingly competitive globally, with access to guaranteed supplies of gas and cost-efficient processes. The question now: will there also be a shale gas boom in China and Europe? And would that undermine the global competitiveness of the GCC chemicals industry?

  • American Manufacturing Has A Secret Competitive Advantage: Its Workforce

    18 Nov 2013 - Manufacturing and Technology News

    What is this economic phoenix that is rising out of American factories? And why does it give U.S. producers a singular competitive advantage?

  • Rep. Scott Peters Asks EPA Administrator About U.S. Competitiveness

    14 Nov 2013 - House Committee on Science, Space, & Technology

    Rep. Scott Peters (D-CA) poses questions to the Honorable Gina McCarthy, Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, at the Full Committee hearing titled "Strengthening Transparency and Accountability within the Environmental Protection Agency."

  • Foreign students in US and Americans studying abroad reach all-time high

    13 Nov 2013 - The Guardian

    International education programs do more than advance cultural enrichment; they also are an economic boon to communities that host foreign students and to the students themselves, who improve their job competitiveness.

  • NGA Summit Focuses on Education, Business

    08 Nov 2013 - Municipal Finance Today

    U.S. states are on the frontline of the battle to improve the bonds between education and business and they are the ones most properly placed to do it, Joe Fuller, a professor at Harvard Business School, told the National Governors Association's education and business summit.

  • Education summit stresses importance of preparing students for workforce

    08 Nov 2013 - Santa Fe New Mexican

    Is America's public-education system adequately preparing its graduates for careers in the workforce? About 100 educators, policymakers and economic-development experts from 22 states and several territories joined several governors Monday in a daylong summit meeting.

  • Manufacturing may be on its way back

    08 Nov 2013 - NPR Marketplace Money

    Factors like lower American energy costs and higher Chinese wages have caused something of a revival in American manufacturing. But where are the jobs? An interview with Harvard Business School professor Willy Shih.

  • Promoting American Innovation and Competition

    07 Nov 2013 - The News Virginian

    Abusive patent litigation is a drag on our economy. This may seem like a complex issue, but the fact of the matter is this is a problem impacting businesses and industries of all types and the jobs of the people who work for them.

  • Policymakers Must Remove The Barriers To Foreign Investment In The United States

    31 Oct 2013 - Forbes

    Burgeoning regulations, policy incongruity, and lingering uncertainty about the business and political climates have reduced America's appeal.

  • Senator Max Baucus on the Urgent Need for Corporate Tax Reform

    30 Oct 2013 - U.S. Senate Committee on Finance

    Harvard Business School surveyed 10,000 of its graduates who live and conduct business around the world.

    The Harvard study made clear that our current tax code puts American businesses at a competitive disadvantage on the world market. That should concern all of us.

  • U.S. audit questions GM's competitiveness

    29 Oct 2013 - The Detroit News

    A government audit Tuesday said General Motors Co. has shown increasingly positive results, but questions remain about its competitveness.

  • Better News in New Study That Assesses U.S. Students

    24 Oct 2013 - New York Times

    Amid growing alarm over the slipping international competitiveness of American students, a report comparing math and science test scores of eighth graders in individual states to those in other countries has found that a majority outperformed the international average.

  • Minerals Bill Would Boost American Competitiveness | Commentary

    15 Oct 2013 - Roll Call

    There is an opportunity for Congress to stimulate job growth, spur economic activity, revive domestic manufacturing and assuage some of our security concerns. How? By passing legislation to ensure that U.S. mineral and metals resources are no longer overlooked.

  • Younger Americans Fare Poorly on Skills Against International Peers

    11 Oct 2013 - Wall Street Journal

    U.S. baby boomers held their own against workers' skills in other industrial nations but younger people fell behind their peers, according to a study released Tuesday, painting a gloomy picture of the nation's competitiveness and education system.

  • Seib & Wessel: Porter on Why U.S. Business Is Stalling

    11 Oct 2013 - Wall Street Journal Live

    In an interview with WSJ's David Wessel, Michael Porter from Harvard Business School talks about the challenges business in the U.S. is facing, including political gridlock in Washington and an ever-deepening skills shortage.

  • New Corporate Tax Shelter: A Merger Abroad

    09 Oct 2013 - New York Times

    From New York to Silicon Valley, more and more large American corporations are reducing their tax bill by buying a foreign company and effectively renouncing their United States citizenship.

  • Being No. 1 in Tax Rates, Regulations Isn't Helping U.S. Economy

    05 Oct 2013 - Roll Call

    The United States has the highest combined corporate tax rate in the developed world, standing at 40 percent. Tax rates are only one of many factors considered in the WEF rankings, but they become exponentially more important in mature, open economies.

  • The Case for Preserving Accelerated Depreciation

    04 Oct 2013 - Huffington Post

    When it comes to the economy, one thing that most Americans can agree on is that we don't want policies that drive jobs out of the United States. Eliminating "accelerated depreciation" does just this.

  • U.S., EU trade heads talk regulatory differences

    03 Oct 2013 - Politico

    he top U.S. trade official expressed optimism that the European Union and the United States can overcome the single biggest obstacle to free trade: their different takes on regulation.

  • America's Re-shoring of Jobs Is Accelerating

    26 Sep 2013 - New American

    Because of rising labor costs in China and elsewhere, the mathematics supporting offshoring of former American jobs has drastically changed for the worse, according to Harold Sirkin, senior partner at Boston Consulting Group.

  • The 5 Most Competitive Countries in the World

    23 Sep 2013 - Motley Fool

    The U.S. moved up on the competitiveness chart this year, but it'll take much more effort to unseat Switzerland for the top spot.

  • Is Immigration the Top US Competitiveness Issue?

    20 Sep 2013 - Bloomberg TV

    Evercore Partners CEO Ralph Schlosstein discusses immigration with Tom Keene on Bloomberg Television's "Bloomberg Surveillance."

  • The U.S.'s crap infrastructure threatens the cloud

    19 Sep 2013 - InfoWorld

    Thanks to state-sponsored cable/phone duopolies, U.S. broadband stays slow and expensive -- and will probably impede cloud adoption

  • U.S. Tax Exceptionalism

    19 Sep 2013 -

    Replacing corporate tax revenues with consumption tax revenues is the most straightforward way to improve America's tax competitiveness. Everything else is just nibbling around the edges.

  • The Worst Economies in the World

    12 Sep 2013 -

    Almost all the 10 least competitive economies are extremely poor — six of them have a GDP per capita below $1,000. One of these economies, Burundi, has a per capita GDP of just $282. U.S. GDP per capita, by comparison, is nearly $50,000.

  • US global competitiveness rising once again

    05 Sep 2013 - AP

    The United States' competitiveness among global economies is rising again after four years of decline, though northern European countries continue to dominate the rankings published annually by the World Economic Forum.

  • Air Force Study Reveals Threats to US Space Activities

    03 Sep 2013 -

    No matter where you look in the air, outer space and within the depths of cyberspace, these are congested, contested and competitive environments. A recently released U.S. Air Force study scopes out a science and technology vision to deal with these concerns.

  • US Manufacturers Regain International Competitiveness

    21 Aug 2013 -

    U.S. manufacturers are re-establishing their competitiveness globally after a decade-long slide.

  • America, NSA Surveillance is Bad for Business

    15 Aug 2013 - ACLU

    The ubiquitous government surveillance harms more than just our personal privacy, and American businesses need to pay particular attention.

  • GE brings more appliance production back to U.S.

    10 Aug 2013 -

    Employees at Roper Corp. in LaFayette, Ga., blasted patriotic country music and waved red, white and blue pompoms while they waited for Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal to arrive Friday to recognize the plant's expansion.

  • US Auto Sales Post Best July in Seven Years

    05 Aug 2013 - IndustryWeek

    U.S. auto sales continue to accelerate, posting the best July performance since 2006 as consumers flocked to dealerships to replace aging vehicles with new models at low interest rates.

  • Tax reform would fuel U.S. economy

    02 Aug 2013 - Politico

    While other countries have modernized their international tax systems, the United States remains mired in the past. The U.S. tax system isn't working for American businesses, workers or the economy as a whole.

  • Senator Max Baucus on the Public Calling for Tax Reform

    25 Jul 2013 - U.S. Senate Committee on Finance

    Harvard Business School did a survey last year asking 10,000 of its graduates who live and conduct business around the world about the challenges of doing business in America. These individuals are leaders on the front lines of the global economy, and they are pessimistic about America's economic future.

    The vast majority of those surveyed, 71 percent, expected U.S. competitiveness to deteriorate over the next several years. And what did they identify as the root of America's competitiveness problem? Respondents pointed to America's tax code as one of the greatest weaknesses in the U.S. business environment.

  • What Drives Global Manufacturing Competitiveness?

    25 Jul 2013 - EE Times

    Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Ltd. and the US Council on Competitiveness published their "2013 Global Manufacturing Competitiveness Index," based on responses from 550 senior manufacturing execs worldwide.

  • Future US economic competitiveness increasingly tied to well-being of minority children

    15 Jul 2013 - Minneapolis Star Tribune

    The success of minority children who will form a new majority is crucial to future U.S. economic competitiveness.

  • Michael Porter testifies at Congressional Competitiveness Hearing

    12 Jul 2013 - YouTube

    Harvard Business School Professor Michael Porter offers insights on how to strengthen America's competitiveness before the Committee on Small Business Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Tax and Capital Access.

  • 4 Ways American Businesses Keep an Edge on the Competition

    11 Jul 2013 - Slate

    During our Roadshow tour, we've spoken with a number of companies that have expressed concern about a few key problems the middle market faces. Here's a look at their biggest concerns.

  • Could Free-Trade Mean Bad News for Small Business?

    10 Jul 2013 - Fox Business

    As the United States and the European Union continue talks this week to potentially hammer out a free-trade agreement, experts are divided on what effect the agreement could have on small-business exporters in the United States.

  • HBS Professors Michael E. Porter and Jan W. Rivkin to Meet with D.C. Leaders to Discuss Improving U.S. Competitiveness

    08 Jul 2013 - Harvard Businesss School

    HBS Experts will meet with D.C. leaders to discuss areas of agreement around the actionable steps that can be taken to address America's structural competitiveness

  • Indian investment in US touches $11 billion; creates 100,000 jobs

    07 Jul 2013 - The Economic Times

    Investment by Indian companies in the US has touched a record $ 11 billion and in the process has created more than 100,000 jobs, a study has revealed.

  • The Global Innovation Index 2013

    01 Jul 2013 - INSEAD

    The top 25 countries may be the same--albeit in a different order from past years--but this year's Global Innovation Index shows there is no short-cut to successful innovation: it takes continued development of talent, sustained investment, institutional support, and the right mindset.

  • The Quiet Energy Innovation Revolution: An Interview with the Department of Energy's Dave Danielson

    24 Jun 2013 - The Energy Collective

    In the next five to ten years, many new energy technologies will become directly cost-competitive with fossil fuel alternatives, at which point these markets are going to grow from hundreds of billions of dollars to multi-trillion dollar markets. ICan the US capture the preponderance of this multi-trillion dollar per year manufacturing value-add?

  • HBS Dean Nohria Addresses US Competitiveness Needs

    20 Jun 2013 - CNBC

    Harvard Business School Dean Nitin Nohria appeared on CNBC's "Squawk Box" to discuss what the United States needs to assure economic competitiveness on a global scale.

  • U.S. in danger of losing humanities, social sciences edge: panel

    20 Jun 2013 - Reuters

    The United States is in danger of losing its advantage in the humanities and social sciences, just as China and other rivals move toward the U.S. model of a broad education in the liberal arts, a federal panel warned in a report to be released on Wednesday.

  • George Sees `Tradeoff' in Surveillance, Security

    18 Jun 2013 - Bloomberg

    Harvard Business School Professor Bill George speaks on Bloomberg about NSA surveillance, the vetting of contractors for intel outsourcing, and the role the auto industry can play in renewing U.S. Competitiveness.

  • Immigration reform can prove U.S. strength and security

    17 Jun 2013 - Washington Post

    After much misguided hand-wringing about "American decline," Congress has a chance to do something to strengthen the United States at home and abroad.

  • Teaching Note Released for 'Making of a World Water Hub'

    17 Jun 2013 - Harvard Business Review Publishing

    A new case teaching note by Rosabeth Moss Kanter and Ai-Ling Jamila Malone discusses teaching points behind the 2012 case, "Milwaukee: Making of a World Water Hub (A) and (B) - (B9)."

  • When it Comes to Tax Laws, the Issue is Competitiveness

    15 Jun 2013 - US Daily Review

    The United States needs a modern tax code that unleashes the power of America's economy to create jobs, increase growth, encourage businesses to invest in the U.S., and let American companies large and small compete in today's global economy.

  • America's Competitive Nature Is at Risk

    11 Jun 2013 - Huffington Post

    The United States is losing its competitiveness in the world economy. Sadly, instead of leading the innovation charge in the twenty-first century, we are becoming victims of policies that restrict our entrepreneurial roots.

  • Strengthening U.S. Infrastructure: An Essential Component of Economic Competitiveness

    10 Jun 2013 - Infrastructure Views

    Rebuilding roads, bridges and points of commerce would help lower unemployment levels, improve commercial operations and strengthen the U.S. economy over the long term.

  • Workers worldwide are losing ground on wages

    10 Jun 2013 - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

    Competition from China and other low-wage rivals, coupled with fallout from the 2007-'09 financial crisis, has put American wages under such unprecedented strain that they have shifted into reverse -- not merely stagnating, but falling.

  • Minding the Gap

    07 Jun 2013 - HBS Alumni Bulletin

    An innovative program between Harvard's graduate schools of business and education helps advance urban school achievement and marks a decade of progress.

  • CEOs Group Calls Too-Big-to-Fail Bill Threat to U.S.-EU Accord

    04 Jun 2013 - BusinessWeek

    Prospects for a new trade agreement with the European Union are being threatened by measures that would boost capital requirements for the biggest banks, a group representing U.S. chief executive officers said in a letter.

  • US Back on Top in World Competitiveness Ranking

    31 May 2013 - Forbes

    Now that financial markets have recovered and business efficiency and profitability have revived, the U.S. has regained its dominant position, according to IMD.

  • Alarming Competitive Weakness In U.S. Capital Markets

    29 May 2013 - Committee on Capital Markets Regulation

    U.S. capital market competitiveness weakened in the first quarter of 2013, when all 20 of the largest IPOs conducted worldwide occurred outside of the U.S., extending a declining trend in market competitiveness from 2012, according to the Committee on Capital Markets Regulation.

  • Don't Blame Apple for America's Broken Tax Code

    24 May 2013 - Harvard Business Rview

    Harvard Business School's Mihir A. Desai, answers a few questions about the recent Congressional tax inquiry of Apple and how this investigation fits into a larger debate about the corporate tax code.

  • Amid rancor, a chance for U.S. action on trade bill

    23 May 2013 - Reuters

    U.S. business groups are preparing to push for the bill, which would give the White House enhanced ability to negotiate trade deals and set out U.S. negotiating goals on issues ranging from cross-border electronic data flows to global supply chains and potentially even foreign currency practices.

  • New Study Shows U.S. Legal System is a Competitive Liability

    22 May 2013 - New Study Shows U.S. Legal System is a Competitive Liability

    The U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform suggests that civil justice reform would play an important role in increasing the global competitiveness of American businesses.

  • Assailing corporations is a poor competitiveness strategy

    20 May 2013 - The Hill

    It is time for CEOs to stand up and say "yes, my company moves jobs to other nations and we will continue to do so until Congress puts in place a real national competitiveness strategy."

  • Toward a More Competitive US

    18 May 2013 - Harvard Gazette

    At an event at Harvard Business School that was three parts analysis and one part rally, participants tried to chart a new path forward for the sluggish U.S. economy — a move that may require a new definition of "competitiveness."

  • Making the United States Competitive

    17 May 2013 - Boston Globe

    Business leaders expect the nation's competitiveness to deteriorate, with companies less able to compete globally, pay workers well, or both, according to a new report released by Harvard Business School.

  • Making the United States Competitive

    17 May 2013 - Harvard Gazette

  • U.S. competitiveness hinges on the strength of small business suppliers

    16 May 2013 - Washington Post

    The Obama administration has put in place programs that attract more production, more investment, and more jobs back to our shores, according to Karen Mills, head of the Small Business Administration.

  • U.S. Broadband Policy and Competitiveness

    14 May 2013 - Council on Foreign Relations

    Some experts fear the United States is falling behind other developed nations in broadband adoption and performance, but others say such concerns are often exaggerated and unsupported by analysis.

  • US economy: wake-up call for Washington

    08 May 2013 - Public Finance International

    The US is becoming less competitive partly because it refuses to address mounting debt problems. Federal policymakers in Washington DC have to make some tough choices to put the nation's finances in order and improve economic prospects.

  • SBA's Karen Mills: U.S. competitiveness hinges on the strength of small business suppliers

    06 May 2013 - The Washington Post

    SBA Administrator Karen Mills says the administration is working to bring more production and more jobs back from overseas.

  • America's real infrastructure test

    05 May 2013 -

    America's public infrastructure — roads, bridges, airports, seaports, waterways and even sidewalks — is a mess. You can see it for yourself every day. It's not just a nuisance; it's bad for our economy.

  • Apprenticeships could help U.S. workers gain a competitive edge

    04 May 2013 - Washington Post

    The central answer to the mismatch between jobs and employment is a 21st-century apprenticeship program.

  • Obama knocks GOP as U.S. airports drop in rankings

    01 May 2013 - Politico

    President Barack Obama knocked Congress's Republican leadership on Monday for neglecting infrastructure, noting that not one U.S. airport cracked the top 25 on a list of the world's best.

  • Harvard study: Manufacturing can make U.S. competitive

    29 Apr 2013 - Smart Manufacturing

    As the economy becomes more global, how will the U.S. keep up with other nations? According to a Harvard Business School study, manufacturing will play a big role if the U.S. is going to stay competitive.

  • Creating Better Jobs For Manufacturing's Comeback

    26 Apr 2013 - Manufacturing.Net

    For a true resurgence in American manufacturing, there must be innovation. Instead of simply asking, "How do we bring more jobs back to America?" we should ask, "How do we create new and better jobs in America?"

  • Chinese consumers push US exports higher

    25 Apr 2013 - China Daily

    China remained the United States' third-biggest export destination, behind Canada and Mexico, in 2012, having purchased nearly $109 billion US goods, according to a report by the US-China Business Council.

  • Keeping Our Economy and Meaningful Tax Changes on Track

    25 Apr 2013 - Roll Call

    Reforming our international tax system should include modern tax laws to provide a level playing field for American workers; permanent simplification of the tax code; a lower corporate tax rate to increase competitiveness; and provisions to protect the U.S. tax base and prevent abuse.

  • Is The United States Ready To Take Manufacturing Back?

    18 Apr 2013 -

    The return of a few companies' manufacturing is encouraging. But the big question is: To what extent is the United States capable of taking back manufacturing on a significant scale? The challenges are great.

  • Defining a Microeconomic Strategy for Global Competitiveness

    17 Apr 2013 -

    The United States has been using fiscal and monetary solutions as a base for its economic growth policy. But these macroeconomic strategies by itself are not leading to long-term growth. If we want to create more jobs, increase per capita income and reduce poverty, we need a shift in focus towards regions as the drivers of the national economy.

  • As FCC Chairman Leaves Post, Challenges Persist in Broadband Expansion

    16 Apr 2013 - Bloomberg

    Current policy measures will accomplish only the bare minimum to improve U.S. competitiveness in the global information economy. According to recent FCC data, gigabit broadband connections are available in only about 40 communities across 15 states.

  • UK beats US to become fifth top tourist destination in the world

    12 Apr 2013 - Daily Mail

    The United Kingdom has beaten the United States to become the fifth top tourist destination in the world, according to a new report.

  • A Half Century Never Looked So Old

    11 Apr 2013 - Huffington Post

    The US has an international tax system that puts American companies and workers at a disadvantage as they try to compete in a new world.

  • Current fiscal policy harms U.S. competitiveness

    11 Apr 2013 - Fortune

    Political skirmishes and impasses around short-term events are distracting us from the real danger ahead: Our reckless fiscal trajectory that threatens America's competitiveness. Insights by David Walker and Robert Kaplan.

  • Study Gives High Marks to U.S. Internet

    11 Apr 2013 - New York Times

    Contradicting earlier studies, conventional wisdom and politicians' rhetoric, European researchers say that the Internet infrastructure of the United States is one of the world's best and getting better.

  • 10 Apr 2013 - New York Times

    Housing prices in Silicon Valley remain defiantly high. New BMWs and Saabs cruise Highway 101. But for the first time there are signs that the current economic downturn is taking its toll on the country's cradle of technology and innovation.

  • The U.S. Ranks 55th When It Comes to Women in Power

    10 Apr 2013 - Policymic

    Nations that use their human pool poorly are less competitive and under-using half of a nation's population is certainly makes it less compedtitive.

  • Stanford's Rice says declining schools pose a national security threat

    05 Apr 2013 - Stanford University

    Condoleezza Rice says failing schools undermine economic growth, competitiveness, social cohesion and the ability to fill positions in institutions vital to national security.

  • US is halfway to export-doubling goal

    05 Apr 2013 - Associated Press

    Suddenly, outsourcing is on the way out and insourcing on the way in as the United States trudges unevenly toward President Obama's goal of doubling American exports around the world by the start of 2015. So far, export levels are about halfway to his mark.

  • The STEM Jobs Shortfall Is a National Security Shortcoming We Can Fix

    04 Apr 2013 - American Security Project

    The U.S. is facing a shortfall of 230,000 science, technology, engineering, and math jobs because Americans are not earning enough of the requisite degrees to fill those positions.

  • Jobs Alone Do Not Explain the Importance of Manufacturing

    04 Apr 2013 - Brookings Institution

    Mass employment is not the fundamental reason we need a healthy and vibrant manufacturing sector. Manufacturing, or rather advanced manufacturing, is essential to the U.S. economy because it is the main source of innovation and global competitiveness for the United States.

  • Countries in Asia Cutting Carbon Faster than Europe

    01 Apr 2013 - Climate Central

    Three of the top G20 countries best placed to compete in the global low-carbon economy are now from East Asia, having overtaken their European and American competitors, according to an index which measures how carbon-competitive countries are.

  • Our Challenge in an Era of Global Competition

    25 Mar 2013 - Techonomy

    For innovation, entrepreneurship, and startups, the U.S. continues to be unparalleled. But in spreading economic benefits broadly throughout the economy, we have not done well the last 30 years.

  • The America that works

    22 Mar 2013 - The Economist

    Regulation, innovation, infrastructure, education: each of these is crucial to competitiveness. Put together the small things happening in the states, and they become something rather big. That is the essence of the America that works.

  • U.S. Losing Ground from Higher Corporate Tax Rate

    22 Mar 2013 - Accounting Today

    The U.S. economy will be between 1.5 and 2.6 percent smaller over the long-term because other nations' corporate tax rates are considerably more competitive, according to a new study by Ernst & Young and the RATE Coalition, a group lobbying for lower corporate tax rates.

  • CEOs explain how H-1B visa hurts U.S. competitiveness

    19 Mar 2013 - Economic Policy Institute

    A recent government briefing on the H-1B visa program offered facts and perspectives that are usually ignored or overlooked by the media; including from CEOs who use the program.

  • The Economy: Cheer Up

    19 Mar 2013 - The Economist

    Political gridlock may be bad for America's economy, says Edward McBride, but the underlying growth prospects are much brighter than they seem.

  • Harvard Survey: Have the United States lost its edge?

    14 Mar 2013 - Desert News

    The news from Washington certainly isn't very good. Intransigence and partisan politics are really just distracting us from what's really important — our lack of competitiveness in the world. Have we lost our edge? Harvard Business School's Michael Porter, Jan Rivken and Rosabeth Moss Kanter seem to think so.

  • Harvard Survey: U.S. Competitiveness at a Crossroads

    14 Mar 2013 - Manufacturing Executive

    Concerned about long-term structural issues such as the educational system, the tax code, and partisan politics, business leaders are continuing to voice pessimism about the state and direction of U.S.competitiveness, according to a new survey by the Harvard Business School (

  • Harvard poll: U.S. losing its zeal

    13 Mar 2013 - Boston Herald

    Business leaders are warning that the federal budget morass is one symptom of a far more troubling problem: long-term challenges to U.S. competitiveness that are sapping America's strengths, according to a Harvard Business School survey.

  • The Public Has No Idea How Much Of A Threat Emerging Markets Are To The US

    08 Mar 2013 - Business Insider

    Recently, the results of the second year of Harvard Business School's survey on US competitiveness were released. This time, in addition to asking both the public and of business leaders how the economy was doing, the survey asked their opinions of specific policies.

  • Video: US Crisis Like Villain in a Horror Movie

    08 Mar 2013 - Bloomberg TV

    Jan Rivkin, professor and chair of the Strategy Unit at Harvard Business School, discusses the structural issues facing the United States and as a result, the multiple short term crises. He speaks on Bloomberg Television's "Market Makers."

  • Video: U.S. Competitiveness Project on Charlie Rose

    08 Mar 2013 - Charlie Rose Show

    Michael Porter, University professor at Harvard, talks to Charlie Rose about the United States in the global economy.

  • Why the Middle Class Is Declining: Michael Porter

    07 Mar 2013 - CNBC

    The American middle class is "hollowing out" as the U.S. economy fails to compete effectively in a globalized world, Harvard economist Michael Porter told CNBC's "Closing Bell" this week.

  • House hearing to look at ways to boost U.S. auto industry

    07 Mar 2013 - Detroit News

    Executives at Toyota Motor Corp., Honda Motor Co. and Ford Motor Co. will tell a U.S. House panel Wednesday that the United States should do more to attract qualified workers to the auto industry.

  • Conference looks at U.S.-Mexico competitiveness

    04 Mar 2013 - The San Diego Union-Tribune

    Amid upbeat talk about increasing North American integration, participants at a Thursday conference in La Jolla said a major issue continues to hold back part of that potential: lengthy waits at U.S. ports of entry along the border with Mexico.

  • President's Decision to Negotiate Transatlantic Trade Deal is Positive for U.S. Competitiveness

    26 Feb 2013 - Council on Competitiveness

    Given that the EU is the world's largest economy and trading partner with the U.S.—accounting for one third of total goods and services trade and nearly half of global economic output, a deal of this nature will offer a massive boon for the U.S. economy.

  • Continued Weakness in Capital Markets

    21 Feb 2013 - Committee on Capital Markets

    US capital market competitiveness remained weak in 2012 with many competitiveness measures suffering declines from the previous year, according to the Committee on Capital Markets.

  • The Competitiveness Gap: The True Cause of the Global Recession

    14 Feb 2013 - The Brookings Institution

    United Kingdom Prime Minister Cameron's potential reform package is one of several steps being taken to increase competitiveness on the continent. The United States should learn a lesson.

  • Energy Efficiency Means Security, Jobs and Competitiveness

    11 Feb 2013 - Huffington Post

    The executive branch and Congress should work together on measures to achieve and exceed the president's goal on combined heat and power.

  • US manufacturing is key to competitiveness

    11 Feb 2013 - The Christian Science Monitor

    US global competitiveness is slipping. But there is some good news: US manufacturing is in the midst of a revival. Preparing a skilled workforce for the manufacturing sector should be one of the Obama administration's top economic priorities. This can boost competitiveness.

  • What the Superdome Blackout Says About American Competitiveness

    07 Feb 2013 -

    The electrical blackout at the Super Bowl wasn't about New Orleans. It speaks more to the pressing challenge of ensuring our infrastructure is capable of enabling America to be competitive in a global economy.

  • Do multinational corporations have a duty to maintain a strong presence in their home countries?

    06 Feb 2013 - The Economist

    Do you think that companies owe anything to the place they came from? Or is the notion of "home" now largely irrelevant for the corporate world?

  • Political Uncertainty in US, Biggest Impediment to Clean Energy Industry

    05 Feb 2013 -

    The lack of a long-term national energy policy is putting the US at risk of falling behind in the global clean energy market both in terms of innovation and competitiveness, concludes a report by Pew Charitable Trusts.

  • Obama's Council on Jobs and Competitivess Shutting Down Thursday

    01 Feb 2013 - Associated Press

    President Barack Obama will let his Council on Jobs and Competitivess expire this week without renewing its charter, winding down one source of input from the business community even as unemployment remains stubbornly high.

  • Still Missing From Obama's Cabinet: Business Leaders

    01 Feb 2013 - US News and World Report

    Of the dozen or so Cabinet officials who are either confirmed or awaiting confirmation, none comes from a job running or helping run a business.

  • GDP contracts, jobs outlook sours

    30 Jan 2013 - UPI

    Weak conditions abroad and flagging U.S. competitiveness caused exports to contract $27 billion and businesses anticipating a further slowdown slashed inventories by $40 billion in the fourth quarter.

  • Erskine Bowles: National Debt Threatens U. S. Innovation

    30 Jan 2013 - Forbes

    Mounting debt obligations threaten the very foundation of US business, placing at risk our competitiveness and innovation leadership in the world.

  • US Immigration Proposal Divides Reform Advocates

    30 Jan 2013 - Voice of America

    Some argue that immigration reform will make more high-tech workers free to come to the US, ultimately improving U.S. competitiveness and job creation.

  • The Next Boom

    28 Jan 2013 - Barron's

    Cheap natural gas and increasingly competitive labor costs are bringing factories and jobs back to the U.S. Eight ways to win.

  • The Economist: An Eight-Point Plan to Restore American Competitiveness

    28 Jan 2013 - The Economist

    Harvard Business School Professors Michael Porter and Jan Rivkin lay out policy steps for the president and Congress to follow in order to make American companies more competitive and their employees more prosperous.

  • Talent The Key To Competitiveness, Deloitte Study Finds

    25 Jan 2013 - CFE Media

    A report from Deloitte and the U.S. Council on Competitiveness shows the world's manufacturing markets will get more competitive in the next five years. The key to winning that battle over the next five years will be talent.

  • American Competitiveness Crucial to US Economy

    23 Jan 2013 - Nightly Business Report

    In this video from the Nightly Business Report, Harvard Business School Professor Michael E. Porter says the US needs to make structural changes to restore its competitiveness.

  • Faster, Sooner: Why The U.S. Needs 'Gigabit Communities'

    22 Jan 2013 -

    FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski says making sure that the U.S. has super-fast, high-capacity, ubiquitous broadband networks is essential to economic growth, job creation, and U.S. competitiveness.

  • Here, There and Everywhere: Outsourcing and Offshoring

    19 Jan 2013 - The Economist

    After decades of sending work across the world, companies are rethinking their offshoring strategies.

  • A New Year's Resolution for President Obama

    18 Jan 2013 - CivSource

    What should be the key focus of the new Obama administration? Suzanne Rosselet suggests that investing in skills and education are the critical contributors to lifting US competitiveness.

  • Balancing US competitiveness, coveted summer vacation at heart of longer school year debate

    13 Jan 2013 - Associated Press

    Longer winter breaks and shorter summer vacations are ideas being tested around the country as school districts debate whether to extend the school year.

  • American Competitiveness Report--An Issue of National Security

    11 Jan 2013 - American Security Project

    Our ability to compete in a global economy, attract the world's brightest workers and nurture a functional political system is slipping. This weakness is now at a point where it threatens to erode the pillars upon which America's national security rests. America's competitiveness is now a matter of national security.

  • Rep. Delaney To Focus On U.S. Competitiveness In 1st Term

    04 Jan 2013 - WAMU radio

    Maryland's newest congressman says restoring U.S. competitiveness is his top priority as he takes office, the Associated Press reports.

  • Has the 'fiscal cliff' fight changed how Washington works?

    03 Jan 2013 - Washington Post

    As ugly as they were, the "fiscal cliff" negotiations produced something Washington hadn't seen in a long time: strongly bipartisan votes in the House and the Senate on a big, contentious issue.