Professor Michael J. Enright

Director, Enright, Scott & Associates and Professor, School of Business, University of Hong Kong

Called "one of the world's reigning strategy gurus" by the Academy of International Business, Michael Enright is a leading expert on competitiveness, regional economic development, and international business strategy. Enright joined the University of Hong Kong as Sun Hung Kai Professor of Business Administration in 1996 after six years as a professor at the Harvard Business School, where he helped to found the modern school of competitiveness analysis. He is a principal of Enright, Scott & Associates, a firm specializing in strategic consulting for governments and major corporations. He also directs the Asia-Pacific Competitiveness Program at the Hong Kong Institute for Economics and Business Strategy and was a founding director of The Competitiveness Institute (a global professional body with members in 40 nations).

In research, Professor Enright has directed major reviews of the competitiveness of 20 different economies on five continents and has co-authored or edited ten books or monographs, including China into the Future: Understanding the World’s Most Dynamic Economy (co-edited with W. John Hoffmann), Regional Powerhouse: The Greater Pearl River Delta and the Rise of China (with Edith Scott and Ka-mun Chang), Hong Kong and the Pearl River Delta: The Economic Interaction (with Ka-mun Chang, Edith Scott, and Wen-hui Zhu), The Hong Kong Advantage (with Edith Scott and David Dodwell), Venezuela: The Challenge of Competitiveness (with Antonio Frances and Edith Scott), and Upgrading New Zealand's Competitive Advantage (with Graham Crocombe and Michael Porter). Enright's work on competitiveness and on the economies of Hong Kong and China has appeared in the Harvard Business Review, WorldLink, the Far Eastern Economic Review, Asian Business, Asia Inc, the South China Morning Post, and the Business Times, among others. It also has been featured in the Economist, the Financial Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Asian Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, Newsweek, BusinessWeek, the South China Morning Post, the Straits Times, Business Times, and many others. Current research projects include multi-year studies of the strategies of multinational firms in the Asia-Pacific, China's international competitiveness, and regional development in Greater China. He is also working on a study of strategic thinking in the new economy and a study on the nature of regional clusters.

As an advisor, Professor Enright has consulted to companies, governments, and multilateral organizations on international business strategy and competitiveness, regional clustering, technology policy, and economic development. He has appeared in more than 30 countries as an invited speaker and executive educator for organizations such as the OECD, the World Bank, the IMF, UNIDO, The Pacific Rim Forum, The Global Forum, The European Commission, The Royal Institute for International Affairs, The European Forum Alpbach, The National Economists Club, The Economist Conferences, The Competitiveness Institute, Wilton Park, the Centre for Strategic and International Studies, and numerous corporations and other organizations.

Professor Enright received his A.B. (with honors), his M.B.A. (with distinction), and his Ph.D. (in Business Economics, Dean's Doctoral Fellow) from Harvard University. Before returning to Harvard for his MBA and Ph.D., Enright served as a research physicist for GTE Laboratories in the United States, where he studied advanced materials and communications technologies. Before assuming his faculty post at Harvard, Enright served as research director for the ten-nation study of international competitiveness that culminated in Michael Porter's book The Competitive Advantage of Nations.

In academic circles, Professor Enright is acknowledged as one of the world's pre-eminent authorities on the regional strategies of multinational companies in the Asia-Pacific and probably the pre-eminent authority on the regional headquarters of multinational firms. He recent publications include two papers on regional headquarters operations for Management International Review, one of the most prestigious academic journals on international business.

Edith E. Scott

Director, Enright, Scott & Associates

Edith E. Scott is a principal of Enright, Scott & Associates, a firm specializing in strategic consulting for governments and major corporations. She focuses on issues of multinational corporate strategy, international competitiveness, economic development, and international trade. Ms. Scott has extensive experience working with private and public sector groups in Asia and elsewhere, developing strategies for improving the competitiveness of firms, industries, nations, and regions. Ms. Scott is based in Singapore.

In Greater China, Ms. Scott has co-directed two major studies of international competitiveness and has authored or co-authored ten books or monographs on issues of competitiveness, development, and international investment. These works include Hong Kong and the Pearl River Delta: The Economic Interaction, an analysis of the economies of Hong Kong and South China that has influenced policy and strategy around the region, and The Hong Kong Advantage, a ground-breaking work that focused on Hong Kong's competitiveness through and beyond its transition to Chinese administration. Ms. Scott has written extensively on business conditions and prospects in Hong Kong and China for multinational corporate audiences in Japan, Korea, and the West. She also has participated in a unique, multi-year study of the strategies of multinational companies in Greater China and the Asia Pacific.

Ms. Scott advises major multinational corporations on regional developments in China, business conditions in Greater China, and investment decisions in Greater China and the Asia Pacific. She also does work for multinational firms on their Asia-Pacific organization and regional strategies. She has appeared as invited speaker around the region on China's regional development and multinational corporate strategies in the Asia Pacific.

As a lawyer, Ms. Scott has represented numerous multinational corporations in international trade litigation before the U.S. Department of Commerce and the U.S. international Trade Commission. She also has appeared before international tribunals, including the Iran-United States Claims Tribunal, and was named an eligible panelist to decide trade disputes under the NAFTA.

She received her AB (magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa) from Harvard-Radcliffe and her J.D. (cum laude) from the Harvard Law School. She is a member of the District of Columbia Bar Association and the American Bar Association.