About the Authors
Harvard Business School
Michael E. Porter is the Bishop William Lawrence University Professor at Harvard Business School. A leading authority on competitive strategy and the competitiveness of nations and regions, Professor Porter's work is recognized in governments, corporations, non-profits, and academic circles across the globe. His ideas on strategy have become the foundation for the required strategy course at the Harvard Business School, and his work is taught in virtually every business school in the world.
Professor Porter's core field is competition and strategy, and this remains a primary focus of his research. His ideas have also re-defined thinking about competitiveness, economic development, economically distressed areas, and the role of corporations in society. Professor Porter is the author of 17 books and numerous articles, and is a six-time winner of the McKinsey Award for the best Harvard Business Review article of the year, most recently for "Strategy and Society: The Link Between Competitive Advantage and Corporate Social Responsibility".
Professor Porter has recently devoted considerable attention to understanding and addressing the problems in health care evident in the United States and abroad. His book, Redefining Health Care (with Professor Elizabeth Teisberg), develops a new framework for understanding how to transform the value delivered by the health care system, with practical recommendations for providers, health plans, employers, and government, among other actors. The book received the American College of Healthcare Executives 2007 James A. Hamilton book of the year award.
In addition to his research and writing, Professor Porter serves as an advisor to business and government. He has served as strategy advisor to numerous leading U.S. and international companies, including Caterpillar, Procter & Gamble, Scotts Miracle-Gro, Royal Dutch Shell, Taiwan Semiconductor, and Sysco. Professor Porter also plays an active role in U.S. economic policy with the Executive Branch and Congress, and has led national strategy initiatives in numerous countries. He currently serves on the board of directors of Endeca Technologies, Parametric Technology Corporation, and Thermo Fisher Scientific, and chairs Harvard Business School's program for newly appointed CEOs of multibillion dollar corporations.
Professor Porter received a B.S.E. with high honors in aerospace and mechanical engineering from Princeton University. He received an M.B.A. with high distinction from the Harvard Business School, where he was a George F. Baker Scholar, and a Ph.D. in Business Economics from Harvard University.
Professor Porter has won numerous awards and honors, including Harvard's David A. Wells Prize in Economics for his research in industrial organization, the Academy of Management's highest award for scholarly contributions to management, and the Adam Smith Award of the National Association of Business Economists. The recipient of numerous honorary doctorates and national honors, in 2005 he was elected an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and received the John Kenneth Galbraith Medal.
For further information, see the web site of the Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness.
Professor of Community and Family Medicine
Geisel School of Medicine
Elizabeth Teisberg is Professor of Community and Family Medicine at Dartmouth's Geisel School of Medicine, and a Senior Institute Associate at Harvard's Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness. Her expertise is in Strategy and Innovation. Professor Teisberg speaks and works internationally on innovation for dramatic improvement in health care value, actively implementing Redefining Health Care. She has developed frameworks and cases to enable the implementation of health care delivery transformation by physicians, provider systems, employers, health plans and governments..
Redefining Health Care received the American College of Healthcare Executives 2007 James A. Hamilton book of the year award. At UVA, Professor Teisberg also received the Frederick S. Morton Leadership Award in 2004 and the Wachovia Award for research excellence in 2006. Prior to Dartmouth, she held faculty appointments in strategy at the Darden School of Business and the Harvard Business School.
In addition to Redefining Health Care, Professor Teisberg co-authored with Michael Porter five articles on health care, as well as a Harvard Business Review Special Report 'Fixing Competition in U.S. Health Care'. Professors Teisberg and Porter have also developed courses on Health Care Delivery that they co-teach at Harvard University. She also teaches executive education at both Harvard and Dartmouth, as well as on-site for companies and organizations. Professor Teisberg's earlier projects have analyzed strategy in medical device and biotech companies, real options, research and development decisions, medical innovation, and strategic response to uncertainty. She has forthcoming publications on employee health strategy and on innovation in service delivery.
Professor Teisberg is the author or co-author of numerous cases and articles in professional publications such as the Harvard Business Review, Journal of the American Medical Association, Science, Seminars in Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, Rand Journal of Economics, Management Science, Research-Technology Management, and Interfaces. She is the co-author of The Portable MBA, which has been published in five languages.
Professor Teisberg earned a M.S. and a Ph.D. in engineering-economic systems from the Stanford University School of Engineering. She also holds a M. Eng. in systems science from the University of Virginia and an A.B. degree, summa cum laude, in political science and mathematics from Washington University in St. Louis. She is a member of Phi Beta Kappa.
For further information, see Elizabeth Teisberg's website .