Harold "Hal" L. Sirkin (born 1959) is an American business consultant and author, who often writes about trends in innovation and global business competition. He graduated summa cum laude from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1980 with a B.S. in Economics, and from the University of Chicago in 1981 with an M.B.A. He is also a Professor at Kellogg School of Management and a CPA.
Harold Sirkin is a senior partner in the Chicago office of the Boston Consulting Group, where he serves as global leader of the firm's Operations practice. He has co-authored several Boston Consulting Group reports including Capturing Global Advantage (2004), Globalizing R&D: Knocking Down the Barriers (2005), Globalizing R&D: Building a Pathway to Profits (2005), The New Global Challengers (2006), and The 2008 Top 100 New Global Challengers (2007).
Sirkin writes a regular column entitled "Globality" for BusinessWeek.com and at one time seems to have contributed to The New York Times Syndicate's "Global Business Perspectives column" but hasn't done so since at least 2007. He is the co-author of two books: Payback: Reaping the Rewards of Innovation, which advises companies to adopt a systematic approach to innovation, and Globality: Competing with Everyone from Everywhere for Everything, which explores strategies for economic competition under globality, the end state of globalization. Payback was named one of the "Best Innovation and Design Books for 2006" by BusinessWeek magazine. Globality was picked by The Economist as one of the best business books of 2008. Sirkin has also contributed to Time and the Harvard Business Review.
Sirkin, Harold L.; Williams, Brian; Cochrane, Bruce; Smith, Harry (January 31, 2012). Reverse outsourcing could create up to 3 million new jobs in U.S. Rock Center with Brian Williams.
Sirkin, Harold L.; Sawyer, Diane; Muir, David; Brouwer, Christine; Patrick, Maggy (October 31, 2011). Made in America: Visa Process Slows Down Tourism. ABC New, World News with Diane Sawyer.
Sirkin, Harold L.; Pandya, Mukul (February 15, 2012). The Rebirth of U.S. Manufacturing. Knowledge at Wharton.
Sirkin, Harold L.; Pandya, Mukul (May 21, 2014). The Reshoring Wave:It's Taking America by Storm. Knowledge at Wharton.
Sirkin, Harold L.; Pandya, Mukul (Oct 23, 2014). Bloomberg TV “Market Makers”. Bloomberg TV.