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-."
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.
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.
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 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."
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.
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.
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. 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.
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.
HBS and BCG conducted the first-ever nationwide survey of school superintendents on business' role in education and released a report summarizing the findings in February 2014.
New research by BCG, the Gates Foundation, and HBS highlights what business can do to work with education leaders on the urgent task of transforming the nation's education system. (February 2014)
Harvard Business School professor Joe Fuller joins other experts looking behind President Obama's proposal to address the United States "skills gap."
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, The Boston Consulting Group, and Harvard Business School are collaborating on a joint research effort to understand best practices in business engagement in PK-12 education and to mobilize more business and education leaders to follow those practices.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
An innovative program between Harvard's graduate schools of business and education helps advance urban school achievement and marks a decade of progress.
The central answer to the mismatch between jobs and employment is a 21st-century apprenticeship program.
Condoleezza Rice says failing schools undermine economic growth, competitiveness, social cohesion and the ability to fill positions in institutions vital to national security.
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.
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.
Longer winter breaks and shorter summer vacations are ideas being tested around the country as school districts debate whether to extend the school year.
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.
Eight ways that manufacturers can prepare a new generation of workers for a smarter and stronger manufacturing future.
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.
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.
Focusing on incremental ways to encourage entrepreneurship in the United States will help create jobs and great returns for investors fortunate enough to invest in the next generation of world class companies, writes David Teten.
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.
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.
The United States must recognize that our long-term growth depends on dramatically increasing the quality of our K-12 public education system, according to Stacey Childress.