MLD-110 A: Strategic Management for Public Purposes

Semester: Fall

Credit: 1.0

Faculty: Peter Zimmerman


Day Time Location
First Day 9/4
Meet Day T/Th 8:40 AM - 10:00 AM RG-20
Review F 10:10 AM - 11:30 AM L130


Everybody needs a strategy. Strategy is the best concept we have for thinking about future action in light of our aspirations and current capabilities. MLD-110 focuses specifically on strategic management and leadership in the public arena in democratic societies; how leaders, managers and social entrepreneurs devise and execute strategies for change. Critically examines the assumptions, concepts, and tools of current approaches to public problem solving applied around the world. Important strategic decisions examined in the course include: formulating and articulating a mission and vision; formulating andI embedding values and long-term objectives in e organizations; translating objectives into metrics and measures of performance; designing service delivery and production systems and organizational structure and shaping organizational culture. Privatization and partnerships will be examined along with public provision as ways of creating public value. Most class meetings are case discussions, supplemented with conceptual materials, exercises, and group work. Cases and other readings are drawn from the United States, other industrialized countries, and developing countries. The course is designed for students with management experience.

MLD-110 may not be taken for credit with MLD-101. Permission of the instructor required for non-HKS students.