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Archon Fung

Winthrop Laflin McCormack Professor of Citizenship and Self-Government
Office Address
124 Mount Auburn St. 200N-238
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Robert Livingston

Lecturer in Public Policy
Office Address
79 John F. Kennedy St. Taubman Bldg 150
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Robert Wilkinson

Lecturer in Public Policy and Leadership
Office Address
79 John F. Kennedy St. Rubenstein Bldg 140
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Andy Zelleke

MBA Class of 1962 Senior Lecturer of Business Administration, HBS


Whether your aspirations are to work domestically or internationally, collaboration across difference is an inescapable imperative of leadership for the public interest. Contemporary levels of conflict and instability make the capacity to work effectively across difference a fundamental requirement of political, diplomatic, and military leadership. Innovation in the government sector is dependent on the capacity for policy makers to work across political divides and increasingly involves collaboration across agencies and with business and civic leaders. Service to communities in need—whether from the private, public or nonprofit sectors—requires a capacity to analyze and bridge differences in perspective on the barriers to and opportunities for enhancing social and economic welfare, health, and education. Whether managed locally or internationally, environmental sustainability requires the engagement of a broad range of stakeholders. Moreover, in all sectors and policy areas, work teams have become progressively demographically diverse in terms of gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, and national culture.

This module will equip students with fundamental concepts and frameworks for analyzing pitfalls and opportunities for collaboration across social identity- and group-based differences within teams and across organizational boundaries. Key concepts are drawn from research on biases in individual and group decision-making, group dynamics, social network analysis, and organizational diversity perspectives. The module is designed for students to learn and practice applying course material through interactive exercises, case analyses, and self-reflection so that students enhance their personal potential to lead in the global work environment.

MLD-501M is a required course in the core curriculum of the MPP program. Enrollment is restricted to only MPP first-year students. Exemptions and section changes are not permitted. Auditors and cross-registrants are not permitted.

The B section will emphasize an international lens on conflict and collaboration questions, drawing from the public, private and non-profits sectors. We will focus on crucial leadership skills for emerging global leaders.