Bennett Harrison

Before his recent death, Bennett Harrison was a professor of urban political economy in the Milano Graduate School of Management and Urban Policy at the New School for Social Research and an affiliated member of the economics faculty.

Recent Articles

Where Private Investment Fails

WORK DISCUSSED IN THIS ESSAY Michael Porter, "Capital Choices: Changing the Way America Invests in Industry," Council on Competitiveness, 1992. Michael Porter, ed.,"Time Horizons of American Industry" (18 pages from the Council on Competitiveness and Harvard Business School, Distributed by HBS June 1992). Paul DiMaggio and Walter W. Powell, eds. The New Institutionalism in Organizational Analysis (University of Chicago Press, 1991). Mark Granovetter, "Economic Action And Social Structure: A Theory of Embeddedness," American Journal of Sociology , 91 (1985). Robert Hayes and William Abernathy, "Managing Our Way to Economic Decline," Harvard Business Review, July-August 1980. Michael T. Jacobs, Short-Term America: The Causes and Cures of Our Business Myopia (Harvard Business School Press, 1991). Michael Porter, The Competitive Advantage of Nations (BasicBooks, 1990). Walter W. Powell, "Neither Market Nor Hieararchy: Network Forms of Organization," in Research in Organizational Behavior...

The New Industrial Culture: Journeys Toward Collaboration

For both private and government leaders, how to promote American productivity growth in an interdependent global system is the central economic challenge of the 1990s. The decade just passed saw disappointingly slow gains in U.S. productivity low levels of profit, investment, and economic growth, and consequent stagnation in average wages. Companies based in the United States often found themselves unable to match Japanese, German, Italian, and Scandinavian competitors in their ability to put new technologies in practice, to bring new products to market, or to upgrade their work force. Can America -- and American business -- do better in the 1990s? High public deficits and low private savings have figured prominently in the standard explanations of slow growth. Those who look beneath the macroeconomic level at institutional and structural causes have mainly stressed reform of education and other measures to improve human capital. We have no quarrel with educational reform, as long as...