In 2011, HBS faculty came together to launch the U.S. Competitiveness Project. Based on a definition of competitiveness as 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 faculty gathered data on the key aspects of competitiveness and took deep dives into various topics that have a profound impact on competitiveness. In March 2012, the Harvard Business Review published a special issue on “Restoring U.S. Competitiveness,” which gathered research by faculty on a diverse set of issues relevant to improving and sustaining U.S. economic prospects.

Since the Project’s launch, we have conducted surveys and released publications related to core issues of U.S. competitiveness:

  • Alumni surveys: Through four global surveys of HBS alumni, we have asked business leaders to assess the state and trajectory of U.S. competitiveness and to evaluate elements of the business environment that drive national competitiveness. In each survey, we have also taken deep dives into particular, timely topics: entrepreneurship and shared prosperity in 2015; education, workforce skills, and transportation infrastructure in 2013-2014; federal policy priorities and business actions to enhance competitiveness in 2012; and business location decisions in 2011.
  • “Restoring U.S. Competitiveness”: This special issue of the Harvard Business Review includes contributions from a diverse group of faculty members on topics essential to U.S. competitiveness, including entrepreneurship, finance, fiscal policy, manufacturing, and the political system.
  • “What Business Leaders Should Do to Restore U.S. Competitiveness”: In this Fortune article, Project co-chairs Michael Porter and Jan Rivkin discuss ways that businesses can take the lead in restoring U.S. competitiveness.
  • “What Washington Must Do Now: An Eight-Point Plan to Restore American Competitiveness”: In this article in The Economist, Michael Porter and Jan Rivkin identify eight strategic priorities for the president and Congress that would be transformational to America’s economic prospects.
  • Elements of U.S. competitiveness: In 2013, HBS faculty began researching different elements of U.S. competitiveness, including PK-12 education, transportation infrastructure, middle skills, and unconventional energy. To take a look at these topics, please see our research tracks.