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

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

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.

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:

  • 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
  • The Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill: The Politics of Crisis Response
  • Columbia’s Final Mission

View the draft program schedule.

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