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Based at the Harvard Business School, the Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness is dedicated to the study of competition and its implications for company strategy; the competitiveness of nations, regions, and cities; and the relationship between competition and society. The Institute seeks to develop new theory, assemble bodies of data to test and apply the theory, and disseminate its ideas widely to scholars and practitioners in business, government, and non-governmental organizations such as universities, economic development organizations, and foundations.

The Institute is led by Michael E. Porter, Bishop William Lawrence University Professor. The Institute is dedicated to deepening, extending, and disseminating the body of research that Professor Porter has pioneered over the last two decades.

Organizations affiliated with the Institute include the Center for International Development; the Center for Middle East Competitive Strategy; the Council on Competitiveness; the Graduate School of International Corporate Strategy at Hitotsubashi University; the Institute for Competitiveness and Prosperity; the Center for Strategy and Competitiveness at Stockholm School of Economics; the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City; the Latin American Center for Competitiveness and Sustainable Development; and the World Economic Forum Global Competitiveness Programme.