Overview

At Harvard Business School, we are committed to pursuing ideas that have power in practice. The challenge to U.S. competitiveness has compelled the School to bring to bear this intellectual tradition rooted in applying sound management practices to solve large, complex problems.


The U.S. Competitiveness Project is a research-led effort to understand and improve the competitiveness of the United States - that is, the ability of firms operating in the U.S. to compete successfully in the global economy while supporting high and rising living standards for Americans. The Project focuses especially on the roles that business leaders do and can play in promoting U.S. competitiveness. The Project approaches current challenges to U.S. competitiveness as a matter of global concern, not just as an American issue.


Faculty from the Harvard Business School lead the Project. Along with colleagues from other leading institutions, HBS faculty are conducting research in areas such as innovation, manufacturing, entrepreneurship, company location choices, firm governance, local business ecosystems, human capital, K-12 education, fiscal policy, tax policy, capital markets, environmental sustainability, democracy, and international trade. The research is being developed in close collaboration with leaders from business, labor, policy, the sciences, and academia in order to pinpoint concrete actions and recommendations for improving U.S. competitiveness. The project is committed to identifying practical steps that leaders, especially in business, can take to strengthen the U.S. economy.


The faculty research is informed by a global survey of nearly 10,000 Harvard Business School alumni. Findings of the survey as well as the first tranche of faculty research appeared in a special issue of the Harvard Business Review. Read summaries and react to the research topics here. HBS has also launched the Paths Forward event series, which will take place in economic centers throughout the country with the goal of learning from, and inspiring action among leaders in business and other arenas.

Project Research Topics

About HBS

For more than a century, our faculty have drawn on their passion for teaching, their experience in working with organizations worldwide, and the insights gained from their research to educate generations of leaders who have shaped the practice of business in every industry and in every country around the world. For more information visit Harvard Business School's website.

About the Forum

The Forum provides the opportunity for all to become involved in the U.S. Competitiveness Project. In the Forum, you can read and respond to competitiveness ideas from Project participants and follow and react to the research being conducted. Comments and ideas from people of diverse backgrounds and experience will help inform recommendations and inspire action to improve America's competitiveness.