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


On Thursday, November 15th, Harvard Business School (HBS) will convene an event at the Henry Ford Museum 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. Members of the Detroit business, labor, and government communities can register for the interactive event by contacting Nancy Boccia at

Part of a national outreach campaign under HBS' U.S. Competitiveness Project, this will be the sixth Paths Forward event held in economic centers around the country including New York, Charlotte, 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 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."

The event begins at 5:00pm on November 15th at the Henry Ford Museum (20900 Oakwood Blvd, Dearborn, MI). Reception will follow. Please contact Nancy Boccia at to register for the event.

For Harvard Business School
Calley Means, 202-200-8009

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