Professor Michael Porter

Professor Michael Porter - The Ambassadors

Bishop William Lawrence University Professor at Harvard Business School

Michael E. Porter is the Bishop William Lawrence University Professor at Harvard Business School. A leading authority on company strategy and the competitiveness of nations and regions, his work is widely recognized in governments, corporations, non-profits, and academic circles across the globe.


Professor Porter’s core field is competition and company strategy, and this remains the focus of his research. His work has also re-defined thinking about competitiveness, economic development, economically distressed urban communities, environmental policy, and the role of corporations in society.  He is the author of 18 books and numerous articles.


Recently, Professor Porter has devoted considerable attention to understanding and addressing the pressing problems in health care in the United States and other countries. His book, Redefining Health Care (with Professor Elizabeth Teisberg), develops a new strategic framework for transforming the value delivered by the health care system, with implications for providers, health plans, employers, and government, among other actors. His New England Journal of Medicine research article, “A Strategy for Health Care Reform—Toward a Value-Based System” (June 2009), lays out a health reform strategy for the U.S.  


In addition to his research, writing, and teaching, Professor Porter serves as an advisor to business, government, and the social sector. He has served as strategy advisor to numerous leading U.S. and international companies, including Caterpillar, Procter & Gamble, Scotts Miracle-Gro, Royal Dutch Shell, and Taiwan Semiconductor.  Professor Porter serves on two public boards of directors, Thermo Fisher Scientific and Parametric Technology Corporation. Professor Porter also plays an active role in U.S. economic policy with the Executive Branch and Congress, and has led national strategy programs in numerous countries.  He is currently working with the Presidents of Rwanda and South Korea.


For more information, see the web site of the Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness (www.isc.hbs.edu).

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