MLD-102 B: Getting Things Done: Management in a Development Context

Semester: Fall

Credit: 4.0

Syllabus: Click here for syllabus

Faculty: Matt Andrews


Day Time Location
Term Start Date 8/31
Meet Day M/W 10:15 AM - 11:30 AM 1 Brattle Sq 401 (HKS)


People in developing countries require service delivery from the government and civil society. Service delivery, which includes a wide variety of activities from education to regulatory enforcement, requires more than technical policy analysis. A critical driver of success is good management and governance, especially in the face of major resource constraints and in complex settings. Good management is often easy to recognize, when observed, but hard to practice. This course introduces students to critical concepts in organization theory, public management, and the practice of development to enable them to understand the individual, structural, and systemic underpinnings of good management and governance. Through theoretical readings, case study discussions, and simulations, students will apply theoretical concepts to real-world situations and, through simulations, experience the difficulty of managing. Building on analytical work from other courses, students will focus on such critical issues as corruption, participatory development, scaling up, social service delivery, and emergency response.  The required textbook for this course is Andrews, Matt. 2013. The Limits of Institutional Reform in Development. Cambridge University Press: New York.

This course is mandatory for MPA/ID students, but all other students are welcome to apply to the professor for inclusion.

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