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illustration of scheduleLeadership in Crises is a five-day online executive program led by Faculty Chair Dutch Leonard, a leading expert in crisis management and the George F. Baker Jr. Professor of public management at Harvard Kennedy School.

The program features intensive, interactive discussions using the Harvard case-study method, supplemented by lectures, exercises, and small-group work.

The case studies give you exposure to real-world issues and help you work through possible approaches and solutions to problems that actual managers have confronted. It is case teaching that reveals the power of a diverse learning group and makes for open and lively classroom discussion.

Small-group discussions will allow you to work more collaboratively on the day’s readings, as well as provide an opportunity for “peer consulting” on a particular issue that you're facing.

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Leadership in Crises will examine:

  • The necessity of two modes of emergency operation—for routine emergencies and crises
  • Achieving the multiple dimensions of situational awareness
  • Coordination in complex, multi-organizational, multi-jurisdictional events
  • Getting the most from training and exercises
  • The roles and relationships of senior operational leaders

Samples of cases used during Leadership in Crises include:

  • Fears and Realities: Managing Ebola in Dallas
  • The Triple Catastrophe: Japan’s Earthquake, Tsunami, and Nuclear Crisis
  • Ready in Advance: The City of Tuscaloosa’s Response to the 4/27/11 Tornado
  • At the Center of the Storm: San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz and the Response to Hurricane Maria
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