The Dell Deal Explained: What a Successful Turnaround Looks Like

Harvard Business Review

And last year, he decided that the answer was to take the company private, to escape the hectoring of the public market. How Dell went from dorm room startup in 1984, to the world''s largest PC maker in 2005, and then saw its stock plummet precipitously the next year, is the subject of a lengthy Harvard Business School case study by HBS professor Jan Rivkin. There are two basic patterns to a successful turnaround, Rivkin told me in a recent interview.

Strategy Lessons From Jean Tirole

Harvard Business Review

The academic study of strategy took a big leap forward in the 1970s when Michael Porter of HBS looked at earlier economic research on industry structure and noticed that market power — which economists wanted to minimize — was the same thing as sustained profitability, which corporate executives wanted to maximize. As an example, Rivkin cites the notion of commitment, which Ghemawat wrote a book on. Why did Jean Tirole win this year’s economics Nobel ?

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

Harvard Business Review

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. Foreign expansion can fuel employment growth at home in areas like manufacturing, logistics, R&D, design, marketing, finance, and management. The competitiveness of the American economy depends disproportionately on the competitiveness of its multinational corporations, especially those headquartered in the United States.