HKS Elective Courses in Management, Leadership, and Decision Sciences

The HKS Courses below qualify towards The MLD Certificate

Current HKS students should visit my.harvard and/or the KNET course listings for detailed schedule information and syllabi.
Core required courses, e.g., MLD-220M are not listed below as they do not count towards the MLD Certificate.
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Leadership

Negotiation & Decision Sciences

Leadership Development

MLD-201-A         Exercising Leadership: The Politics of Change (Chipungu)
MLD-201-B         Exercising Leadership: The Politics of Change (O’Brien)
MLD-201-C         Exercising Leadership: The Politics of Change (O’Doherty)
MLD-202         Leadership from the Inside Out: The Personal Capacity to Lead and Stay Alive-Self, Identity, and Freedom (Heifetz)
MLD-204         Leadership from the Inside Out: The Personal Capacity to Lead and Stay Alive-Self, Identity, and Freedom –with a Focus on Anti-Black Racism and Sexism (Heifetz)
MLD-208       Moral Practice for Public Leadership (Robichaud)
MLD-210       Enhancing Your Personal Leadership Effectiveness (Wilkinson; Not offered AY23)
MLD-215        Negotiation and Leadership: Essential Theory and Practice for Enhancing Your Personal Effectiveness (Wilkinson)
MLD-355      Public Narrative (Ganz)

MLD-617M         Effective Implementation: Learning from Effective Implementers (Hartmann & Butler)

Leadership Studies

MLD-322         The Art and Adventures of Public Leadership (Gergen)
DPI-115           The American Presidency (Porter)
IGA-125           Reasoning from the Past: Applied History and Decision Making (Logevall)

Decision Sciences

MLD-304         Science of Behavior Change (Rogers)
MLD-310        Behavioral Science for Inclusive Organizations (Bohnet)
API-302         Analytic Frameworks for Policy (Zeckhauser)
API-303         Game Theory and Strategic Decisions (Dogan)

API-305         Behavioral Economics, Law and Public Policy (Sunstein)
API-318         Thinking Analytically in an Uncertain World (Levy)
API-222         Machine Learning and Big Data Analytics (Saghafian)

Negotiation and Conflict Management

MLD-215        Negotiation and Leadership: Essential Theory and Practice for Enhancing Your Personal Effectiveness (Wilkinson)
MLD-223         Negotiating Across Differences (Hong)
MLD-224         Behavioral Science of Negotiations (Minson; Not offered AY23)
MLD-232         International Negotiation: Fundamentals for Emerging Global Leaders (Wilkinson; Not offered AY23)
MLD-234M    Conducting Negotiations on the Frontlines (Bruderlein)
MLD-236       Continuing Conflict: Old Challenges and New Debates (de Silva de Alwis)
MLD-280        Advanced Workshop in Multiparty Negotiation and Conflict Resolution (Mandell)
IGA-353M       Frontline Negotiation Lab: Assessing the Humanitarian Response to the Ukraine Crisis in Europe (Bruderlein)

IGA-455        Environmental Politics: Building Power Through Leadership, Persuasion and Negotiation (Wentworth)

Organizing for Social Change

Strategic Management

Government and Civic Innovation

MLD-618        Leadership, Social Change, and its Challenges: Boston as a Case Study (Winship & Jackson)
MLD-620M
      The Data Smart City: Driving Innovation with Technology (Goldsmith)
DEV-320M      Scaling Up and Systems Change for Development Impact (Guerrero Pulgar; Not offered AY23)
DPI-662        Digital Government: Technology, Policy, and Public Service Innovation (Eaves; Not offered AY23)

Organizing Civic, Political, and Social Action

MLD-375        Creating Justice in Real Time: Vision, Strategies and Campaigns (C. W. Brooks)
MLD-377M        Organizing: People, Power, and Change (Ganz)

DPI-312          Sparking Social Change: Analytic Frameworks to Guide Social Innovators (Cels)

DPI-376M   Queer Nation: LGBTQ Protest, Politics, and Policy in the United States (McCarthy)
IGA-147     Civil Resistance: How It Works (Chenoweth)
IGA-385      Strategizing for Human Rights: Moving from Ideals to Practice (Johnson)
IGA-388      Nonviolent Resistance in the Age of Authoritarians (Johnson; not offered AY23)
 

Persuasion, Power, and Influence

MLD-340        Power and Influence for Positive Impact (Battilana)
MLD-342         Persuasion: The Science and Art of Effective Influence (Orren; not offered AY23)

 

Social Enterprise

MLD-802M       Nonprofit Management and Leadership (A. Brooks)
MLD-820M       Strategies for Social Impact (Lee)
MLD-830          Entrepreneurship and Innovation in the Private and Social Sectors (Cavanagh)
MLD-831         Entrepreneurship and Innovation in the Private and Social Sectors – Business Plan Workshop (Cavanagh) 
MLD-836M        Social Entrepreneurship/Social Enterprise Deep Dive: How to Operationalize & Scale for Social Impact (Bildner & Khurana)
BGP-235M        Private Capital for Public Purpose: Impact Investing and Its Siblings (Wood)

Strategic Management

MLD-102         Getting Things Done: Management in a Development Context (Andrews;  Note: MLD-102 is eligible only when taken by non-MPA-ID students, i.e., as an elective.]
MLD-103M      PDIA in Action: Development Through Facilitated Emergence (Andrews)

MLD-112        Making State and Local Government Work (Glynn; Not offered AY23)
MLD-113M       Strategy and Decision (Zimmerman)
MLD-125          Data-driven Public Management (Linos)
MLD-381          Mitigating and Managing a Crisis (Kayyem)
MLD-615M       Mixed Methods Analytics for Leaders and Policy Makers  (McKenna)
MLD-630        Government Turnarounds (Liebman)

MLD-632M     Transforming Public Interest Organizations (Freeland)
MLD-636         Managing Transformations in Healthcare (Glynn)
MLD-802M       Nonprofit Management and Leadership (A. Brooks)
IGA-282           Leading the National Security Enterprise (Carter)
 
Financial Management

MLD-401M        Financial Analysis of Public and Nonprofit Organizations (Iammartino)
MLD-411M       Introduction to Budgeting and Financial Management (Iammartino)
MLD-412        Greater Boston Applied Field Lab: Advanced Budgeting, Financial Management and Operations (Bilmes)
MLD-427        Strategic Finance for Nonprofit Leaders (Honan)
API-141          Finance (Deep)
API-148          Advanced Risk Management and Infrastructure Finance (Deep)
DEV-209         Management, Finance, and Regulation of Public Infrastructure in Developing Countries (Lee)
DEV-210         Public Finance in Theory and Practice (Rosengard)

 

Managing People and Your Career

MLD-502       Developing People (O’Brien)
MLD-515M    Serving the Public Good: Planning for Career and Life (Freeland)

 

Operations and Performance Management

MLD-601        Operations Management (Fagan)
MLD-605        Systems Thinking and Supply Chain Management: Climate, Poverty and Human Rights (Fagan)

DPI-671M        Disrupting Bureaucracy: Understanding Recent Efforts in Digital Government (Eaves; Not offered AY23)
DPI-678M       Product Management and Society: Building Technology in the Public Interest (Pham)

List above is current as of: 7-28-2022

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