Growth Lab

Executive Education

The Executive Education Program at Harvard Kennedy School brings together experienced professionals, a world-class faculty and a dynamic curriculum to address some of the most perplexing issues in governance and leadership today.  CID-affiliated Faculty play a critical role in these programs by disseminating their research findings thereby exposing leaders to cutting-edge solutions to some of the most challenging development problems.

Below is a list of courses that are led by CID-affiliated faculty:

Leading Economic Growth (Co-Chaired by Ricardo Hausmann, Matt Andrews)
This program offers a new approach to economic growth that focuses on expanding a country’s set of productive capabilities and expressing them in a more diverse and complex set of products. Contrary to a commonly held belief, as countries become more developed, their citizens and firms specialize, but the national, regional, and metropolitan economies actually diversify. The opportunities for diversification are strongly affected by the initial set of productive capabilities, which makes each situation different. This Executive Education Program provides participants with critical tools to identify new activities that can most easily be developed successfully in a specific economy.

A Cutting Edge of Development Thinking (Co-Chaired by Lant Pritchett, Ricardo Hausmann)
This five day course is meant to provide an overview of what is at the cutting edge of development thinking and research on a number (though not all) of topics and how that can be incorporated into the strategic and tactical decisions of senior officials leading development institutions.  The course provides an in-depth discussion of the issues facing Development practitioners ranging from Growth Diagnostics, Structural Transformation to Service Delivery.  Throughout the course, participants will have the opportunity to not only hear the latest research and thinking in development, but participate in discussions on remaking development organizations.  In addition, the course incorporates not only the latest research, but also the latest thinking on pressing issues such as the effects of the global financial crisis over the last year including access to finance and regulation.

Leaders in Development (Co-Chaired by Matt Andrews)
Increasingly, leaders encounter arenas in which authority to respond to problems is more diffuse, the issues they are called upon to deal with are more complex, and the imperative to incorporate knowledge and participation is greater. This program is designed for leaders in public affairs whose responsibilities place them at the center of these issues. During the program, participants sharpen problem solving, analytic, and strategic action skills and consider new ways to strengthen representative politics and open markets, and manage the challenges of globalization.

Innovation for Economic Development (Chaired by Calestous Juma)
Technological innovation is essential for fostering economic growth, enhancing global competitiveness, and protecting the environment. This Executive Education Program provides high-level leaders from government, academia, industry, and civil society with a unique opportunity to learn how to harness the power of emerging technologies to promote prosperity. The program outlines strategies and measures needed to align technological trends with development policy objectives, focusing on how to design and implement innovation policies for economic development.

Public Financial Management (Chaired by Matt Andrews)
Every country around the world has embraced public financial management reforms over the last two decades, but many simply have not met expectations. This Executive Education program offers a rigorous, evidence-based approach to public financial management. The program is intended to bring together officials in charge of implementing reforms in their countries with leading experts from multilateral organizations to examine the challenges associated with successful systemic reform.

Using Evidence to Improve Social Program Effectiveness (Chaired by Dan Levy)
Managers of social programs are under increasing pressure to provide evidence about the effectiveness of their programs, but what constitutes reliable and valid evidence of effectiveness? How should an organization generate evidence about the effectiveness of social programs? What data should organizations collect, and how should managers use that data? How does one assess and apply evidence that others have generated about what works? Answering these questions can help managers lead their organizations to design and implement more effective social programs.  This Executive Education program addresses the challenges that managers face in identifying useful strategies for assessing and improving social program effectiveness.