Professor Michael E. Porter

Michael E. Porter is the Bishop William Lawrence University Professor at Harvard Business School. University professorship is the highest professional recognition that can be awarded to a Harvard faculty member. A leading authority on company strategy, the competitiveness of nations and regions, and strategic approaches to societal problems, Michael E. Porter’s work is widely recognized in governments, corporations, non-profits, and academic circles across the globe. His research has received numerous awards, and he is the most cited scholar today in economics and business.

While Dr. Porter is, at the core, a scholar, his work has also achieved remarkable acceptance by practitioners across multiple fields. A sought after teacher and the author of 19 books and over 125 articles, Professor Michael E. Porter is director of the Harvard Business School’s Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness, which was founded in 2001 to further his work and research.

Dr. Porter’s initial training was in aerospace engineering at Princeton University. He then earned an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a Ph.D. in Business Economics from Harvard’s Department of Economics. His research approach—applying economic theory to complex systemic problems—reflects these multidisciplinary foundations.

Impact and recognition

  • Advisor to countries, corporations, non-profits, and academic circles across the globe
  • Seven-time winner of the McKinsey Award for the best Harvard Business Review article of the year
  • Ranked among the world’s Top Ten Management Thinkers by Thinkers50 every year since 2001
  • Frequent contributor to The Wall Street Journal and numerous other national publications and academic journals
  • Lifetime Achievement Award in Economic Development from the U.S. Department of Commerce
  • 21 honorary doctorate degrees from universities and learning institutions
  • Curriculum on Microeconomics of Competitiveness (MOC) taught at more than 100 universities worldwide
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