MLD-110: Strategic Management for Public Purposes

Semester: Fall

Credit: 4.0

Syllabus: Click here for syllabus

Faculty: Peter Zimmerman


Day Time Location
Term Start Date 8/31
Meet Day T/Th 8:45 AM - 10:00 AM Littauer Bldg 332 (HKS)


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 public problem solving applied around the world. Important elements in the course include: formulating and articulating mission, vision and public value; translating objectives into metrics and measures of performance; designing service delivery and production systems; embedding values and long-term objectives in organizations; analyzing and shaping organizational culture; and working through public, private and non governmental organizations, including coalitions, partnerships and networks and across organizational boundaries. Classes are framed through the lens of decision makers exercising leadership and managerial skills in an uncertain world. Most class meetings are case discussions, supplemented with conceptual materials, exercises, and group work. One or two visitors and an optional site visit bring live cases to the class. Course materials are drawn from the United States, other industrialized countries, and developing countries. The course is designed for students with management experience.

Review Session: Friday 10:15-11:30am (WEil/BL1)

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