Commitments Survey 2013


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The United States is a competitive nation to the extent that firms operating in the U.S. can compete successfully in the global economy while supporting high and rising living standards for the average American. A competitive America produces prosperity for both companies and citizens.

Each company contributes to U.S. competitiveness through productivity, profitability, and growth in its business. In addition, however, a company can improve U.S. competitiveness through steps and investments that are beneficial to the company but also raise the long-run productivity of doing business in its communities.

HBS is examining ways to help companies take such actions that make their communities more competitive. We are eager to learn what kinds of commitments to U.S. competitiveness you and your company would be willing to consider. Please check boxes your company would consider:

Improving skills
My firm already does this My firm would likely be willing to do this My firm might be willing to do this It is very unlikely that my firm would do this
Create or expand an apprentice program to train U.S. workers to be employable by your company and others

Create or expand a training program to upgrade the skills and productivity of your current or prospective employees

Partner with a community college, technical school, or university to align its curriculum with the needs of your business, and commit to hire a number of its graduates

 
Upgrading supporting industries
My firm already does this My firm would likely be willing to do this My firm might be willing to do this It is very unlikely that my firm would do this
Identify and increase sourcing from capable local suppliers

Mentor local suppliers to upgrade their capabilities and make them more attractive partners

Join consortia that help small companies access procurement contracts

 
Supporting innovation and entrepreneurship
My firm already does this My firm would likely be willing to do this My firm might be willing to do this It is very unlikely that my firm would do this
Participate in research collaboratives in your field that build businesses of the future

Invest in or incubate promising startups related to your business


 
Locating in the U.S.

Move back to the U.S. a business activity that can be productive here

  
  
  
  

 
Bolstering regional strength
My firm already does this My firm would likely be willing to do this My firm might be willing to do this It is very unlikely that my firm would do this
Participate in a cluster competitiveness initiative in your field

Participate in a regional competitiveness initiative in your region

 
Shifting the business-government relationship

   Advocate business-wide improvements rather than lobby for special interests

  
  
  
  

 

If we may contact you to discuss potential commitments to U.S. competitiveness, please provide your contact information below:

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Last Name

 
Organization

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