HPU Professor Cited In Harvard MBA Project

HIGH POINT, N.C., June 11, 2009 – Dr. Gerald Fox, associate professor of economics at High Point University, was recently referenced in a Harvard MBA course project on competitive advantage.
“Toward the end of spring semester, I was interviewed by second-year Harvard MBA student Sebastian Giwa on the subject of the North Carolina furniture industry,” Fox says. “The interview was for a major research project in a Harvard MBA course on competitive advantage, taught by the renowned professor Michael Porter, who developed the well-known theory of competitive advantage.”
Fox says the MBA student group wrote a substantial report on the N.C. furniture industry, which is posted at the Harvard Business School web site, www.isc.hbs.edu/econ-student_projects.htm.
“The report references the interview, as well as the 2007 HPU economic impact study of the local furniture industry, and my forthcoming article on the furniture industry in the Triad region,” says Fox.
Fox will publish his article, “Analyzing Industry Trends in a Local Economy: Illustrated with a Case Study of Furniture in the Triad Region of North Carolina,” in a forthcoming issue of Applied Research in Economic Development.
At High Point University, every student receives an extraordinary education in a fun environment with caring people. HPU, located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is a liberal arts institution with 3,500 undergraduate and graduate students from more than 50 countries and more than 40 states at campuses in High Point and Winston-Salem. It is ranked by US News and World Report No. 5 among comprehensive universities in the South and No. 1 in its category among up-and-coming schools. Forbes.com ranks HPU in the top 6 percent among “America’s Best Colleges.” The university offers 66 undergraduate majors, 40 undergraduate minors and seven graduate degree programs. It is accredited by the Commission of Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and is a member of the NCAA, Division I and the Big South Conference. Visit High Point University on the Web at www.highpoint.edu.
Chris DudleyVice President for Administration336-841-4530cdudley@highpoint.edu

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