Jerusalem's new mayor, Nir Barkat, is a technology entrepreneur who understands competitive advantage. He also knows that Harvard Business School is the bastion of competitive-advantage expertise, thanks to Professor Michael E. Porter's decades of global work in the field in cities as diverse as Seoul, South Korea, and Kigali , Rwanda.
In the Globe's business section today, staff writer Robert Weisman explains Barkat's work with Porter and Yagil Weinberg, a business strategist who specializes in advising countries on the Middle East on competitiveness.
Their initiative, launched in 2004, has involved Arabs and Jews in identifying competitive clusters of industries, including healthcare and life sciences, that can ensure Jerusalem competes at the highest level.
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About James F. SmithJim Smith came home to his native Boston in 2002 to become the Boston Globe's foreign editor after spending 22 years abroad. He was previously based in Buenos Aires and Mexico City for the LA Times, and in Johannesburg, Tokyo and The Hague for the AP. In 2007 he became the Globe's national political editor, coordinating presidential campaign coverage. He is a Yale graduate, and has an MBA. He is married to Maxine Hart and has two sons, Matthew and Daniel.
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