Lab-Center for Competitiveness

The Lab-Center for Competitiveness has emerged from the affiliation that Grenoble Ecole de Management has developed since 2009, with the Institute for Strategy & Competitiveness, at Harvard Business School, through the Microeconomics of Competitiveness Program (MOC) originally developed by Professor Michael E. Porter.


Its mission is to analyze and promote the determinants of competitiveness and economic development viewed from a bottom up, microeconomic perspective, which represents the dimension where wealth is ultimately created. The Lab-Center is part of the Institutes Council of the MOC Program, comprised by over 40 affiliated competitiveness centers, worldwide.

It operates both research-driven activities and a pedagogically designed course platform which will be made available for the students of Grenoble Ecole de Management and which will be taught by Harvard affiliate faculty only. The Lab-Center is part of the Political Economy and Sustainable Competitiveness Initiative, which is one of the formal research teams at Grenoble Ecole de Management.

Research focus

The focus of our research mainstreams strategies of firms, the vitality of clusters, and quality of the business environment in which competition takes place. These factors are critical to the creation of a socio-economic agenda, which aims at the sustainability of businesses, nations and societies at large. The Lab-Center for Competitiveness studies competition and its implications for company strategy, the competitiveness of nations, regions and cities as well as the determinants of shared value in private and public sectors. TheLab-Center develops agendas for applied research, through the production of case studies, as part of its intellectual contribution to the field.

About the Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness at Harvard.

The Lab-Center for Competitiveness at Grenoble Ecole de Management is an Affiliate Center of the Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness, at Harvard. Based at Harvard Business School, the Institute is the world leading platform, dedicated to extending the research pioneered by Prof. Porter and disseminating it to scholars and practitioners worldwide.

Contact information

The Lab-Center is led by Dr. Mark Esposito, who serves as Professor of Business & Economics at Grenoble Ecole de Management as well as member of the teaching faculty at Harvard University Extension. He is member of the faculty of the Microeconomics of Competitiveness Curriculum developed by the Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness at Harvard Business School, as well as Co-Leader of the Institute Council of the MOC Program. His profile at Harvard can be found here.