An Indian Faculty, Dr. Amit Kapoor, Inducted in the Prestigious Harvard Business School Hall of Fame

Boston, United States

Wednesday, December 12, 2012 5:09PM IST (11:39AM GMT)

On the occasion of successful completion of 10 years of Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness at Harvard Business School, founder Professor Michael E. Porter presented Dr. Amit Kapoor, Honorary Chairman, Institute of Competitiveness, India with Competitiveness Hall of Fame award for his exemplary contribution with substantial global and national impact in the area of national economic competitiveness, strategy, creating shared value et al.

Boston. Dr. Amit Kapoor received the honor during a ceremony at Harvard Business School on December 11, 2012. The distinctive honor – Competitiveness Hall of Fame – is awarded to those dignitaries who with their academic and research contributions to the Competitiveness network have made a positive influence on the society. The Competitiveness network comprises of both universities and business schools spread across the globe, which are more than 100.

The award was given to Dr. Kapoor for his contribution to the study and evolution of the concepts of competitiveness internationally and for India specifically. Only 9 people globally have been admitted to this hall of fame.

At a formal ceremony, attended by over 140 academicians from 78 universities worldwide, Professor Porter appreciated Dr. Amit Kapoor’s contribution in setting up the Institute for Competitiveness (India), launching the Journal of Competitiveness and Strategy, and engendering commendable work that has been done in relationship to benchmarking locations in India.

Reading the citation Professor Michael Porter said “Amit has been associated with Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness at Harvard Business School since 2003 and has been at the forefront of the efforts pertaining to competitiveness and strategy. He formed an Institute for Competitiveness, India as an affiliate of Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness at Harvard Business School that has gone on to become very influential and visible in his home country of India. Amit has pioneered competitiveness benchmarking, measurement and index effort in his country and has had been prominent in the governance of microeconomics of competitiveness network and efforts. Amit started publishing a journal of competitiveness and strategy through Institute for Competitiveness, India and he has a beehive of activities that include publications like City Competitiveness Report, State Competitiveness Report and awards like the India’s most competitive states. Tremendously entrepreneurial and I really think that he has managed to contribute in a very complex country in a very complex environment where it takes a lot to make things happen. Amit we are very proud of you in inducting you into the hall of fame”.

Dr. Amit Kapoor is Honorary Chairman at Institute for Competitiveness, studying firms, clusters and economies and is also a Professor of Strategy at Management Development Institute, India. He is an affiliate faculty for the Microeconomics of Competitiveness & Value Based Health Care Delivery courses of Institute of Strategy and Competitiveness, Harvard Business School. Dr. Kapoor’s doctoral work is in Industrial Economics and Business Strategy; he has received the Ruth Greene Memorial Award winner for writing the best case of the year, by North American Case Research Association (NACRA). He has been invited by Kennedy School of Government & Harvard Law School, Harvard University; World Economic Forum at its India Economic Summit and Asia Summit to present his views on various issues and themes like strategy, outsourcing and economic development. His research interest lies in the fields of Enhancing Competitiveness, Competitive Advantage and Leveraging Technology for Success.

Dr. Kapoor is the author of India City Competitiveness Report, India State Competitiveness Report, and India State Sustainability Report amongst others. He is also a columnist with Mint, Financial Express and Outlook Business. Based on his work, two awards have been constituted titled “State Competitiveness Awards” by Mint & Hindustan Times wherein the Chief Ministers are awarded and “Institute for Competitiveness – Mint Strategy Awards” wherein the corporates are awarded for their strategic acumen.

Dr. Amit Kapoor is a popular teacher at the Management Development Institute, Gurgaon where he teaches courses such as Strategic Management and Microeconomics of Competitiveness. In addition, he has also developed several courses on context and competition.

His latest publication “Enabling healthcare services for the rural and semi-urban segments in India: when shared value meets the bottom of the pyramid”, is from the area of Healthcare and was published in the Journal of Corporate Governance, Elsiver 2012.

More details about him can be looked upon at

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