Half empty and full of hope

A new Harvard Business School survey found that more than half of surveyed alumni expect U.S. competitiveness to decline during the next three years. The report, “Competitiveness At A Crossroads,” by professors Michael E. PorterJan W. Rivkin and Rosabeth Moss Kanter, underscores the pessimism about U.S. competitiveness at a time when leaders in Washington are doing very little, if anything, to meaningfully improve it. Improving competitiveness matters because, as the authors write, doing so “will allow firms in the U.S. to
 win in the global marketplace while lifting the living standards of the average American.” Many of the budget-cutting measures expected under sequestration will make achieving these goals more difficult.

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