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Global Perspectives with Jan W. Rivkin

Dallas Fed

On November 15, Robert S. Kaplan, president and CEO of the Dallas Fed, discussed national and global economic issues with Jan W. Rivkin, senior associate dean for research and co-chair of the project on the competitiveness of the United States at Harvard Business School.


About Jan W. Rivkin

Rivkin is the C. Roland Christensen Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School, where he serves as senior associate dean for research and co-chairs the school’s project on the competitiveness of the United States. He was head of the school’s strategy unit from 2009 through 2014.

In leading the U.S. Competitiveness Project, Rivkin works with a team of about 20 faculty to explore steps that leaders—especially business leaders—can take to help firms in the U.S. win in the global marketplace while raising American living standards. His work focuses on how managers choose to locate business activities in the U.S. or elsewhere, how business leaders can best work with educators to improve America’s schools and how leaders of American cities can foster cross-sector collaboration for shared prosperity.

Rivkin’s research on business strategy focuses on how managers tackle decisions that cut across functions and product lines. His scholarly work in this area combines computer simulations, large-scale statistical studies, field research and case studies.

In support of his research on competitiveness and business strategy, he has written case studies on organizations that have included the city of Detroit, Dell Inc. and Delta Air Lines.

Rivkin earned a BSE from Princeton University, an MSc from the London School of Economics and a PhD from Harvard University.