Michael E. Porter

Michael E. Porter

Michael Porter is the founder of the modern strategy field and one of the world’s most influential thinkers on management and competitiveness. The author of 19 books and over 125 articles, he is the Bishop William Lawrence University Professor at Harvard Business School and the director of the school’s Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness, which was founded in 2001 to further his work and research. Today, according to Fortune magazine, he has “influenced more executives – and more nations – than any other business professor on earth.”

Professor Porter is generally recognized as the father of the modern strategy field, and has been identified in rankings and surveys as the world’s most influential thinker on management and competitiveness. He serves as an advisor to countries, corporations, non-profits, and academic circles across the globe.

Professor Porter also devotes considerable attention to understanding and addressing pressing problems in health care delivery in the U.S. and other countries. His book, Redefining Health Care (Harvard Business Review Press) written with Elizabeth Teisberg, outlines a new strategic framework for transforming the value delivered by the health care system. The book received the James A. Hamilton award of the American College of Healthcare Executives in 2007 for book of the year.

Professor Porter received a B.S.E. with high honors in aerospace and mechanical engineering from Princeton University in 1969, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and Tau Beta Pi. He then received an M.B.A. with high distinction in 1971 from the Harvard Business School, where he was a George F. Baker Scholar, and a Ph.D. in business economics from Harvard University in 1973.