Michael E. Porter

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.

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 19 books and numerous articles.

In addition to his research, writing and teaching, 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. Porter serves on two public boards of directors, Thermo Fisher Scientific and Parametric Technology Corporation. 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.

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