Enterprise Risk Management: Strategy and Leadership in the Face of Large-Scale Uncertainties (HBS 1518): This Harvard Business School capstone course, taught by PCL Faculty Co-Diretor Dutch Leonard, is designed for anyone who, over the course of his or her career, will lead an organization that faces large-scale risks - like earthquakes, storms, terror incidents, and product liability or other brand reputation crises - as a supplier, as a responder, or as a potential or actual victim (and, hopefully, as a survivor). The course will cover principles and concepts of emergency management, and will examine best organizational processes and practices, including the Incident Management System (a broadly-applicable and widely-embraced structure for organizing teams to manage crisis situations). The course will go beyond looking "into the moment" of crisis, taking a much broader strategy perspective on enterprise risk management to include prevention and preparation before an event takes place and recovery after an event in addition to actions taken during an event. Not offered in AY 2014/15.


Crisis Management and Emergency Preparedness (MGMT E-5090): Offered by PCL Faculty Co-Director Arnold Howitt, this course emphasizes a managerial perspective on crisis management and emergency preparedness, examining the stresses that crisis places on individual and group decision- making; crisis communications; strategies to address “routine” and “crisis” emergencies; and methods for implementing responsive actions. Offered Fall, 2014.

Disaster Relief and Recovery (MGMT E-5095): Taught by PCL Faculty Co-Director Arnold Howitt, this course focuses on the management of humanitarian relief—shelter, food, medical care, and the restoration of critical public services and basic economic activity—once disaster rescues have been accomplished. It also looks at the dynamics of community recovery in the aftermath of major disasters, using examples from the United States and several other countries. Offered Spring, 2015.

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Douglas Ahlers lectues on disaster recovery in urban areas. Photo: Patrick Semansky.