01 Jun 2009
Porter Helps Jerusalem Mayor with Economic DevelopmentTopics:
Nir Barkat, a software entrepreneur elected mayor of Jerusalem last November, visited HBS in late March to take part in a roundtable discussion on the economic development of his city, Israel’s poorest. HBS professor Michael Porter, a leading authority on competitiveness, hosted the discussion. At a press briefing, Barkat explained that he has adopted Porter’s cluster-based development approach to focus on three existing areas of strength: culture and tourism, health care and life sciences, and outsourced medical and financial services. Until now, “Jerusalem has never had a systemic economic development campaign that’s strategic,” said Porter.