Michael Porter is the founder of the modern strategy field and one of the world’s most influential thinkers on management and competitiveness.
The author of 19 books and over 125 articles, he is the Bishop William Lawrence University Professor at Harvard Business School and the director of the school’s Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness, which was founded in 2001 to further his work and research.
A Letter from Michael Porter
I believe that ideas are the most powerful tools for changing society for the better. The goal of my work has always been to develop theory and concepts that inform and guide practice. What actually happens on the ground—for business leaders, health care practitioners and patients, governments and citizens, and for social organisations and the people they serve—has been the focus of my research and thinking for more than thirty years.
This website aims to make my research on competition and value creation accessible to a wider audience, spark discussion and further exploration both inside and outside the walls of academia, and offer practical tools for those engaged in solving the world’s most complex, large-scale problems.
Creating theory that guides practice is hard work. I owe much to my colleagues and collaborators at Harvard University, at the Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness, and at institutions around the world playing an instrumental role in deepening my thinking and extending the reach of my ideas and initiatives.
Michael E. Porter
Competitiveness & Economic Development
Why are some nations or regions more prosperous than others? What conditions enable global corporations or local businesses to innovate and grow? Traditional economic theories fail to capture many of the underlying forces at work in today’s global economy. Competitiveness is the only way to achieve sustainable job growth, improve wages, and raise the standard of living—yet the real meaning of competitive advantage is poorly understood.
The Solution: Understanding Competitiveness
Michael Porter defines competitiveness based on productivity and focuses on the microeconomic foundations of competitive advantage that underpin productivity in nations, regions and clusters. This website introduces the frameworks and key concepts that are a foundation for understanding competitiveness.
Strategy for Economic Development
Michael Porter’s research and frameworks on competitiveness and economic development grew out of his seminal work in corporate strategy. Strategy is also an essential tool for leaders of cities, states, regions and nations. Clear economic strategies that engage all stakeholders, boost innovation and ultimately improve productivity are especially critical in times of austerity or economic distress.