14 Nov 2012
Harvard Business School to Convene Michigan Leaders to Analyze Paths Forward for Detroit Competitiveness

BOSTON—On Thursday, November 15th, Harvard Business School (HBS) will convene an event at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan, to present the School's latest research on U.S. competitiveness and to learn from Detroit's success in strengthening manufacturing and rebuilding supplier networks.

Part of a national outreach campaign by Harvard Business School's U.S. Competitiveness Project, this will be the sixth Paths Forward event held in economic centers around the country, including New York City; Charlotte, North Carolina; Washington D.C.; San Francisco; and Chicago. Videos of previous events can be found here.

HBS Professors Jan W. Rivkin, William W. George, Willy C. Shih, and Chet Huber will participate in a discussion about what America can learn from Detroit's resurgence—and what work remains to be done. The discussion will highlight ways firms operating in America can compete successfully in the global economy in a way that not only improves a company's profits but also raises living standards for Americans. HBS faculty will lead the audience in discussing a case study, "The Big Three Roar Back," to examine the turnaround of the U.S. auto industry—and the broader lessons for improving America's competitiveness.

"Over the past year, the Paths Forward events have shed light on actions companies are taking to improve the United States as a business environment for firms and their employees," said Professor Jan Rivkin, co–chair of the U.S. Competitiveness Project. "We look forward to convening leaders from the Detroit area and exploring how managers and workers have revived one of America's great industries. In Detroit and around the country, we increasingly see cases where business leaders, working with labor and civic leaders, are boosting their companies' prospects while also building up their communities."


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