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-210M, MLD-220M and MLD-501M, are not listed below as they do not count towards the MLD Certificate.
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Negotiation & Decision Sciences

Leadership Development

MLD-201-A         Exercising Leadership: The Politics of Change (Chipungu & O’Brien)
MLD-201-B         Exercising Leadership: The Politics of Change (Chipungu & 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-203         Exercising Authority: Power, Strategy, and Voice (Leary; Not offered AY21)
MLD-355      Public Narrative (Ganz)

MLD-355M      Public Narrative: Self, Us, Now (Ganz; Divided modules of this course are not offered AY21; see instead MLD-355 above)
MLD-356M      Public Narrative: Loss, Difference, Power, and Change (Ganz; Divided modules of this course are not offered AY21; see instead MLD-355 above)
MLD-617M         Effective Implementation: Learning from Effective Implementers (Hartmann & Butler)

Leadership Studies

MLD-322         The Art and Adventures of Public Leadership (Gergen)
MLD-349M       Bad Leadership: Leaders, Followers, Contexts (Kellerman)
        The Leadership System: Leaders, Followers, Contexts (Kellerman)
DPI-115           The American Presidency (Porter)
DPI-720           Leaders and Leadership in History (Temkin; Not offered AY21)

Decision Sciences

MLD-301         Leadership Decision Making (Lerner)
MLD-302         Behavioral Decision Making (Chaudhuri; Not offered AY21)
MLD-304         Science of Behavior Change (Rogers)

API-222         Machine Learning and Big Data Analytics (Saghafian)

API-302         Analytic Frameworks for Policy (Zeckhauser)
API-303         Game Theory and Strategic Decisions (Dogan)

API-305         Behavioral Economics, Law and Public Policy (Sunstein)
IGA-224        Decision Making in Recent Crises (O’Sullivan; Not offered AY21)

Negotiation and Conflict Management

MLD222M      Negotiation Analysis (Hong; Not offered AY21)
MLD-223         Negotiating Across Differences (Hong)
MLD-224         Behavioral Science of Negotiations (Minson)
MLD-232         International Negotiation: Fundamentals for Emerging Global Leaders (Wilkinson; Not offered AY21)
MLD-234        Conducting Negotiation on the Frontlines (Bruderlein)
MLD-280        Advanced Workshop in Multiparty Negotiation and Conflict Resolution (Mandell)
MLD-283M     Leadership in Negotiations: Away from the Table, Everything it Takes to Get the Job Done (Sherman; Not offered AY21)
IGA-109       Negotiation and Diplomacy (Burns, Mnookin, & Sebenius; Not offered AY21)
IGA-110M    Diplomacy: War and Peace Negotiations (1990-Today) (Burns)
IGA-353M   Responding to the COVID-19 Pandemic (Bruderlein)


Organizing for Social Change

Strategic Management

Government and Civic Innovation

MLD-620M      The Data Smart City: Driving Innovation with Technology (Goldsmith)
MLD-621         Innovation Field Lab: Public Problem Solving in Massachusetts Cities (de Jong; Not offered AY21)
DEV-320M       Scaling Up for Development Impact (Guerrero Pulgar)
DPI-327M       Leading Political Transitions in State and Local Office: A Field Lab (King; Not offered AY21)

DPI-662        Digital Government: Technology, Policy, and Public Service Innovation (Eaves)

Organizing Civic, Political, and Social Action

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

DPI-312M      Sparking Social Change: Analytic Frameworks to Guide Social Innovators (Moore; Not offered AY21)
DPI-535       Making Change When Change is Hard: the Law, Politics, and Policy of Social Change (Power & Sunstein)
DPI-367    Philanthropy and Social Movements: Will The Revolution Be Funded? (Francis)
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)
SUP-715    Morals, Money and Movements: Criminal Justice Reform as a Case Study (Brooks)


Persuasion, Power, and Influence

MLD-340         Power and Influence (Battilana; Not offered AY21)
MLD-342         Persuasion: The Science and Art of Effective Influence (Orren)
DPI-351M       Lobbying: Theory, Practice, and Simulations (Fagan)


Social Enterprise

MLD-802M       Nonprofit Management and Leadership (A. Brooks)
          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 Enterprises 101: How to Go from Start-Up to End Up (Bildner)
MLD-840          Entrepreneurial Finance (Byers)
BGP-235M        Private Capital for Public Purpose: Impact Investing and Its Siblings (Wood)
IGA-165M     Corporate Responsibility and New Governance Models (Nelson)


Strategic Management

MLD-102-A         Getting Things Done: Management in a Development Context (Andrews)
MLD-102-B         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-105M     Getting Stuff Done: Leadership and Execution in Global Affairs (Rosenbach; Not offered AY21)

MLD-112        Making State and Local Government Work (Glynn; Not offered AY21)
MLD-113M       Strategy and Decision (Zimmerman)

MLD-632M    Transforming Public Interest Organizations (Freeland)
MLD-635      Creating Public Value: The Theory and Practice of Strategic Management in Government (Moore; Not offered AY21)
MLD-802M  Nonprofit Management and Leadership (A. Brooks)
DPI-327M   Leading Political Transitions in State and Local Office: A Field Lab (King; Not offered AY21)
IGA-282      Leading the National Security Enterprise (Carter)
Financial Management

MLD-401M        Financial Analysis of Public and Nonprofit Organizations (Iammartino)
MLD-410          State and Local Financial Policy (Chodos; Not offered AY21)
MLD-411M       Introduction to Budgeting and Financial Management (Bilmes; Semester-length version taught in AY20 also accepted)
MLD-412        Greater Boston Applied Field Lab: Advanced Budgeting, Financial Management and Operations (Bilmes & de Benedictis Kessner)
MLD-427         Managing Financial Resources in Non Profit Organizations (Honan)
MLD-840          Entrepreneurial Finance (Byers)

API-141         Finance (Deep)
API-148        Advanced Risk Management and Infrastructure Finance (Deep; Not offered AY21)
DEV-209         Management, Finance, and Regulation of Public Infrastructure in Developing Countries (Lee)
DEV-210         Public Finance in Theory and Practice (Rosengard)

Managing People

MLD-500         Maximizing Human Capital and Organizational Performance (Livingston; Not offered AY21)
MLD-502M       Developing People (O’Brien; Full-semester version also accepted)
MLD-505M      Leading Teams for Public Impact (Leary; Not offered AY21)
MLD-670        Gender and Public Policy (GAPP) Seminar (Not offered AY21)

Operations and Performance Management

MLD-601         Operations Management (Fagan)
MLD-602         Performance Leadership: Producing Results in Public and Nonprofit Agencies (Behn)
MLD-605M        Service Delivery via Systems Thinking and Supply Chain Management (Fagan)

MLD-610         Generating and Using Evidence to Improve the Management of Your Organization (Wilson)
DPI-670M         Preventing Digital Disaster: Why Digital Implementations So Often Go Badly (Eaves and Kelman)

DPI-671M         Disrupting Bureaucracy: Understanding Recent Efforts in Digital Government (Eaves)
DPI-678M        Product Management and Society: Building Technology in the Public Interest (Pham)


Crisis and Conflict Management

MLD-381       Mitigating and Managing a Crisis (Kayyem)
IGA-455        Environmental Politics: Building Power Through Leadership, Persuasion and Negotiation (Wentworth; Formerly titled: “Leadership in Environmental Conflicts” 

Click here for details about review and approval of NON-HKS courses that may be credited towards the MLD Certificate