Michael Porter

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Michael Eugene Porter (born May 23, 1947) is an American academic known for his theories on economics, business strategy, and social causes. He is the Bishop William Lawrence University Professor at Harvard Business School, and was one of the founders of the consulting firm The Monitor Group (now part of Deloitte) and FSG, a social impact consultancy. He is credited for creating Porter's five forces analysis, which is instrumental in business strategy development at present. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Michael Porter has received more than 1,561,147 page views. His biography is available in 35 different languages on Wikipedia. Michael Porter is the 29th most popular economist (down from 21st in 2019), the 440th most popular biography from United States (down from 330th in 2019) and the 4th most popular American Economist.

Michael Porter is most famous for his five forces model, which is a framework for analyzing the competitive intensity of an industry. The five forces are: threat of new entrants, threat of substitutes, bargaining power of suppliers, bargaining power of buyers, and rivalry among existing competitors.

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Among economists, Michael Porter ranks 29 out of 414Before him are Alexander Hamilton, Jacques Delors, Anne Robert Jacques Turgot, Henri Fayol, Carl Menger, and Simon Kuznets. After him are Herbert A. Simon, Barack Obama Sr., William Petty, Elinor Ostrom, Ragnar Frisch, and Jan Tinbergen.

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Among people born in 1947, Michael Porter ranks 25Before him are Mario Draghi, Paul Auster, Takeshi Kitano, Megawati Sukarnoputri, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and Paco de Lucía. After him are O. J. Simpson, France Gall, Iggy Pop, Carlos Santana, Robert Kiyosaki, and Abdel Aziz al-Rantisi.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Michael Porter ranks 440 out of 20,380Before him are Howard Gardner (1943), The Notorious B.I.G. (1972), J. Paul Getty (1892), Richard Widmark (1914), Jim Mattis (1950), and Albert Fish (1870). After him are Wilt Chamberlain (1936), Jack Kerouac (1922), Dennis Hopper (1936), Yehudi Menuhin (1916), Herbert A. Simon (1916), and Edward Hopper (1882).

Among ECONOMISTS In United States

Among economists born in United States, Michael Porter ranks 4Before him are Milton Friedman (1912), Paul Samuelson (1915), and Joseph Stiglitz (1943). After him are Herbert A. Simon (1916), Elinor Ostrom (1933), Robert Solow (1924), Paul Krugman (1953), Gary Becker (1930), Murray Rothbard (1926), Thorstein Veblen (1857), and Douglass North (1920).