The 4 Types of Small Businesses, and Why Each One Matters

Harvard Business Review

As Harvard Business School’s Michael Porter and Jan Rivkin have noted, strong supply chains bring “low logistical costs, rapid problem solving and easier joint innovation.” For example, a “mom and pop” Main Street shop has different financing needs than a high‐tech startup. America loves small businesses.

Can the U.S. Become a Base for Serving the Global Economy?

Harvard Business Review

The evidence indicates that the United States is losing its ability to attract and expand the operations of multinationals and their significant contributions to productivity growth, innovation, and high-wage employment. These concerns can be heard in many places: the sobering survey by Michael Porter and Jan Rivkin in HBR's special March issue on U.S.

How Companies Can Help Rebuild America’s Common Resources

Harvard Business Review

But these trends also had more negative consequences, as Jan Rivkin and Michael Porter have argued in their work as co-chairs of Harvard Business School’s U.S. We see business as an important force in addressing parts of the commons that drive the economy, particularly in areas such as workforce skills, infrastructure, supplier networks, and ecosystems of entrepreneurship and innovation. Every company benefits from an educated populace. Every company needs skilled labor.