Past Seminar

Eighth Annual Hans Landsberg Memorial Lecture with Michael Porter

Jan 19, 2011

About the Event

Eighth Annual Hans Landsberg Memorial Lecture with Michael Porter:
The Porter Hypothesis After 20 Years: How Can Environmental Regulation Enhance Innovation and Competitiveness?
January 19, 2011


Twenty years ago, Michael Porter, one of the world's most influential thinkers on management and competitiveness, posited what has since become known as the Porter Hypothesis - the notion that well-designed environmental regulation can spur innovation and improve competitiveness. As current policy debates focus on regulation of greenhouse gas emissions under the Clean Air Act and concerns about global competitiveness of U.S. industry, Porter's insights have never been more germane. With these issues in mind, Michael Porter delivered the annual Hans Landsberg Memorial Lecture at Resources for the Future on January 19, 2011.


Michael Porter is a leading authority on competitive strategy; the competitiveness and economic development of nations, states, and regions; and the application of competitive principles to social problems such as health care, the environment, and corporate responsibility. Porter is generally recognized as the father of the modern strategy field, and has been identified in a variety of rankings and surveys as the world's most influential thinker on management and competitiveness. He is the Bishop William Lawrence University Professor, based at Harvard Business School. A University professorship is the highest professional recognition that can be awarded to a Harvard faculty member. In 2001, Harvard Business School and Harvard University jointly created the Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness, dedicated to furthering Professor Porter's work. He is the author of 18 books and over 125 articles. 

The Porter  Hypothesis at 20 

The Porter Hypothesis at 20:
Can Environmental Regulation
Enhance Innovation and

Phil Sharp
President, Resources for the Future

Stewart Elgie
Associate Director, Institute of the Environment, University of Ottawa. Founder and Chair,
Sustainable Prosperity
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Mark Cohen
Vice President for Research, Resources for the Future
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Michael Porter
Bishop William Lawrence University Professor, Harvard University
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Dan Esty
Hillhouse Professor of Environmental Law and Policy, Yale University

Chad Holliday
Chairman of the Board of Directors, Bank of America

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