HBS Survey on U.S. Competitiveness

As part of the U.S. Competitiveness Project, Harvard Business School asked its alumni to complete an in-depth survey on U.S. competitiveness. Nearly 10,000 business leaders responded worldwide, resulting in a first-of-its-kind analysis of data from a broad group of central actors in the global economy. The survey results provide strong evidence that America faces a deepening competitiveness problem and help pinpoint where the roots of the problem lie.

The survey findings inform the March 2012 issue of Harvard Business Review, which presents analyses of critical areas that drive U.S. competitiveness as well as action agendas for restoring America’s economic vitality.

Read about the survey methodology and review the survey questionnaire.

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2 Responses to “Survey on U.S. Competitiveness”

  1. boveri says:

    Most interesting presentation from the usual dynamic Harvard profs. Appears however there is no magic single answer, rather problem of competitiveness needs to be addressed in many ways.

  2. Frilton Miedman says:

    Listening as I type, a thing occurs to me.

    Ask a rock star or movie star the secret to his success, he’ll tell you “hard work, dedication and long hours of practice”.

    Of course, he’s right, but he misses a small detail.

    What he’s less aware of – for every hard working, dedicated artist like himself that meets success, there are tens of thousands of equally talented artists who work just as hard, but were never in the right place at the right time or just didn’t have the right friends in the right places.

    They could offer even greater insight than simple reliance on the single view of the rock star….allowing younger aspiring musicians to make more educated decisions. (I see this in a lot on millennial’s in college now that assume success is somehow gauranteed)

    Harvard grads are the rock stars of the business world, a survey of this group alone would skew to a specific set of like minded thinkers who are potentially detached from the whole in intricate but important ways….as the rock star might be from the whole music community.

    If you ask a Harvard grad about the cost differentials in healthcare or education that have to be factored into American wages relative to our global competitors, he’s potentially likely to recite Ricardo’s theory of comparative advantage to infer your question is moot, instead of entertaining the nuances of the actual problem.

    The bigger dilemma in this skew, the likelihood that many of these grads are executives in healthcare, education and related sectors that render them less objective.

    Academic puritanism (much revolving around Austrian theory, les affaire, or antiquated global trade theory based on 17th century commerce) is a large part of what got us into this mess to begin with.

    A smart general will defer to troops on the front to learn how the battle is going, rather than sit in a room with other high rank officers whom all see what he see’s.