In 2011, HBS launched the U.S. Competitiveness Project to provide a data- and research-driven, non-partisan approach to diagnosing and improving U.S. competitiveness. HBS faculty focused their research on defining competitiveness, identifying the elements of competitiveness, measuring the current state and future trajectory of these elements through an annual alumni survey, and identifying actions that business leaders and policy makers can take to improve competitiveness.

Since 2013, HBS faculty have begun deepening their research into specific elements of competitiveness. In each effort, the goal is to identify ideas and actions that are critical for U.S. competitiveness and to highlight the role that business leaders can play in each element. Faculty are also focused on identifying best practices and developing case studies on PK-12 education, skills, and transportation.

PK-12 Education

Business and Education Leaders Together: Accelerating Opportunity for America's Students

HBS, in partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and The Boston Consulting Group, is examining how business can work collaboratively with educators to help transform PK-12 education in America.

The Brink of Renewal: A Business Leader’s Guide to Progress in America’s Schools helps business leaders understand the key dynamics in U.S. education so that they can be effective partners for the educators who are working to transform America’s schools.

Lasting Impact: A Business Leader’s Playbook for Supporting America's Schools highlights what business can do to work with education leaders on the urgent task of transforming the nation's education system.

Partial Credit: How America’s School Superintendents See Business as a Partner summarizes the findings of the first-ever nationwide survey of school superintendents on business's role in education.

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Closing America’s Middle Skills Gap

HBS, in partnership with Accenture and Burning Glass, is researching what business can do to close the middle skills gap in America. (Middle-skills jobs are traditionally defined as roles that require more education or training than a high school diploma but less than a four-year college degree.) The research includes identifying the true size and scope of the middle skills gap in America, highlighting issues that impede skills development, and proposing solutions for business leaders and policy makers to better align the supply and demand for middle skills.

More information about HBS’s work on closing the middle skills gap will be available here at a future date.

Transportation & Infrastructure

America on the Move: Transportation and Infrastructure for the 21st Century

With the America on the Move initiative, HBS seeks to develop an agenda for business and national leaders about how innovation can improve the ability to move people, products, and information efficiently and rally public support for investments in repairing, renewing, and reinventing transportation systems and infrastructure. In a context of slipping U.S. transportation and infrastructure competitiveness, HBS has listened to providers and users to find smart solutions to transportation and infrastructure issues—getting people to work, goods to where they're needed, communities connecting, economies developing, and information circulating—safely, efficiently, conveniently, and sustainably.

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