MLD-802M: Nonprofit Management and Leadership with Arthur Brooks

Arthur Brooks
Arthur Brooks, Professor of the Practice of Public Leadership

Students seeking a broad introductory overview of non-profit management — from historical and legal origins, relationships to government, organizational structure, strategic planning, fundraising and communications, and modes of leadership — will want to enroll in MLD-802M: Nonprofit Management and Leadership with Arthur Brooks.  As President for 11 years of the American Enterprise Institute, and, before that, as a scholar of the non-profit sector at The Maxwell School at Syracuse University, Brooks, now HKS Professor of the Practice of Public Leadership, is uniquely qualified to teach both the academic and practical concepts critical to future leaders of non-profit organizations.

His course is appropriate for students with interests ranging across the sector, from social services, to international aid, to the arts. Featuring guests like HKS pioneering scholar on Public Value, Mark Moore, former NAACP President & CEO Cornell William Brooks, now a professor at HKS, and social entrepreneur Dan Pallotta, this course will draw on proven frameworks and real world examples to provide students an intellectual and practical foundation for further coursework and careers in the sector.

Harvard student can view Arthur Brooks’s detailed Course Preview Video.  In addition to his interest in non-profit management, Brooks writes, speaks, and podcasts on a wide range of topics. Find out more at his personal homepage arthurbrooks.com.

MLD-802M will be taught at HKS in the Fall 2020 semester.  A complementary course in non-profit financial management MLD-427 Managing Financial Resources in Non Profit Organizations with James Honan is offered in the spring 2021 semester. Both courses may be taken for credit.
HKS also offers several other courses in the non-profit and social innovation areas:

MLD-830         Entrepreneurship and Innovation in the Private and Social Sectors with Richard Cavanagh
MLD-831         Entrepreneurship and Innovation in the Private and Social Sectors – Business Plan Workshop with Richard Cavanagh
MLD-836M      Social Entrepreneurship/Social Enterprises 101: How to Go from Start-Up to End Up with James Bildner
MLD-840         Entrepreneurial Finance with Carl Byers

If you have any questions about this course, or any other in the MLD curriculum, email Greg Dorchak, MLD Area Administrator.

 

 

MLD-375: Creating Justice in Real Time with Cornell William Brooks (Virtual Class Preview on Aug. 25th)

Join Prof. Cornell William Brooks on Tuesday, August 25th, 2020, for a virtual preview of his fall 2020 class offered at the Harvard Kennedy School, MLD-375: Creating Justice in Real Time. During the class preview, students will have the opportunity to ask questions and review the scope of the social justice issues for the class. Working with select municipal and state governments, students admitted into the course will develop visions, strategies and campaigns as well as legislative, policy, best practice, organizing, communication, and moral framing strategies to address injustices related to police brutality and COVID-19.

Register here for either the 8:00AM or the 4:00PM class previews.

Cornell William Brooks is Hauser Professor of the Practice of Nonprofit Organizations and Professor of the Practice of Public Leadership and Social Justice at the Harvard Kennedy School.  He is also Director of The William Monroe Trotter Collaborative for Social Justice at the School’s Center for Public Leadership. Read more about the Trotter Collaborative and more about Professor Brooks here.

 

Fundamental Negotiation Training at HKS: MLD-223 with Kessely Hong and MLD-224 with Julia Minson

Among the signature curriculum of the Harvard Kennedy School, negotiation training has always stood out as among the most popular due to its practicality and necessity across all sectors and policy domains. Founded by one of the luminaries of negotiation science, Howard Raiffa, HKS has faculty have always been at the forefront of negotiation research and training. With the two introductory negotiation courses outside the MPP core, MLD-223 Negotiating Across Differences with Senior Lecturer in Public Policy Kessely Hong, and MLD-224 Behavioral Science of Negotiations with Associate Professor Julia Minson, students can learn the fundamental, time-tested frameworks of negotiation analysis. Both courses introduce the core concepts of distributive bargaining, value creation, stakeholder analysis, trust-building, barriers to agreement, and strategic approaches to negotiation.

Senior Lecturer Kessely Hong

Both courses also feature numerous negotiation simulations, in which students have the opportunity to learn how to prepare effectively, to practice communication and persuasion, and to experiment with a variety of negotiation tactics and strategies.  Analysis of their own approach to, and individual outcomes in, such simulations allows students to experience first-hand the powerful strategic and psychological dynamics present in negotiation situations.  Both Minson and Hong, along with their skilled course coaches, facilitate students’ reflective learning from each of the simulations. Ultimately, this reflective practice through frameworks taught in the courses enables students to develop their own capacity to improve as effective negotiators.

Associate Professor Julia Minson

While there is much overlap in what each course covers, there are distinctive differences between them as well.  MLD-223 (Hong) offers more complex, multiple-stakeholder cases and simulations, some of which include salient cultural or power differences and multi-party dynamics. Students are challenged to navigate differences in expectations, attitudes toward risk, culture, power, status, and partisan perceptions. MLD-224 (Minson) prioritizes the negotiation topics that have the most guidance derived from experimental research. As Minson quips, “I am fundamentally skeptical of expert advice until I see the data,” so she focuses her course more on the psychology and decision-making involved in one-on-one negotiations. In Minson’s course students do almost no written-case discussion, but instead class time is spend talking about how research findings might translate into negotiation strategies. Research-derived topics covered include ethics and deception, the role of gender and personality, operating under time pressure, mixed motives and game theory, judgment biases in negotiations, psychological barriers to conflict resolution, and the impact mediation can have. In Hong’s course, students read and analyze a variety of very rich real-world cases, in which interpretations of the protagonists’ actions provide illuminating insights into similar spectrum of dynamics (personal, psychological, political, cultural, etc.) at play in negotiations over public policy.

For more information, Harvard students can watch the MLD-223 course preview video and the MLD-224 course preview video.

Both MLD-223 and MLD-224 serve as pre-requisites for MLD-280M Advanced Workshop in Multiparty Negotiation and Conflict Resolution, the January-term course, taught by Brian Mandell, Mohamed Kamal Senior Lecturer in Negotiation and Public Policy.  Students wanting to additional venues to study, research, and design new ways of negotiation practice will be interested in exploring the Kennedy School Negotiation Program. Established and directed by Brian Mandell, KSNP brings together affiliated faculty from the Harvard Kennedy School whose work on negotiation, conflict management, alternative dispute resolution, and intersectional leadership expands the way our community and the broader field studies leadership and negotiation. KSNP offers a variety of student resources and programming.

MLD-223 and MLD-224 are offered at Harvard Kennedy School in Fall of 2020. MLD-280M will be offered in January 2021. If you have any questions about these courses, or any other in the MLD curriculum, email Greg Dorchak, MLD Area Administrator.

 

MLD-112: Making State and Local Government Work with Thomas Glynn

Learning from practice is a hallmark of the Harvard Kennedy School, and our faculty includes numerous talented individuals who have spent significant portions of their careers in public service.  Perhaps the best example is adjunct lecturer Thomas Glynn, who in his career was CEO of the Massachusetts Port Authority which includes Boston’s Logan International Airport, four maritime businesses in the Port of Boston and significant real estate portfolios in the South Boston Seaport and East Boston Waterfront. HKS adjunct lecturer Tom Glynn

Earlier Glynn was the General Manager of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority which included subway, trolley, bus, paratransit and commuter rail services for Greater Boston. Plus Glynn served in a variety of other public service jobs – Deputy Secretary of Labor in the Clinton Administration, Deputy Commissioner of Welfare under MA Governor Michael Dukakis and Executive Director of a White House Task Force on Youth Employment in the Carter-Mondale Administration. In the nonprofit sector Glynn served for 14 years as Chief Operating Officer of Harvard affiliated Partners HealthCare. For his service, Glynn was made a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration.

Bringing his wealth of experience into his course MLD-112 Making State and Local Government Work, Glynn focuses on how making policy innovations and change can have the impact desired when implemented in a state or local government context. Strategic thinking and strategic planning are the prominent themes as students address analytical challenges and develop the tools that are necessary to produce a successful policy outcome.  MLD-112 introduces analytical techniques available to assess the specific challenges of a specific situation: 1) analyzing the organizational culture, 2) preparing a correct diagnosis of the policy challenge, 3) identifying issues of race and diversity, and 4) assessing the influence of the political environment. Glynn, through cases and scholarship, helps students explore the range of management tools available to public service leaders. These tools include 1) setting goals, 2) organizational change, 3) mobilizing the staff, 4) improving the customer experience, 5) project management, and 6) executive leadership.  Finally, students, using these analytical and management tools, work to address current policy and service delivery challenges like diversity, new technology, increasing traffic, crisis management, and global health.  This course also features distinguished guest lecturers who are in the heart of current practice.

This course will be offered at Harvard Kennedy School in Spring 2021. If you have any questions about this course, or any other in the MLD curriculum, email Greg Dorchak, MLD Area Administrator.

MLD-601: Operations Management with Mark Fagan

Operations are at the heart of public service delivery. Considering essential service providers currently in the spotlight like the U.S. Postal Service, state-level providers of unemployment insurance, and international agencies soon to be charged with distributing a COVID-19 vaccine to populations across the globes, we see that optimal operations management can be critical to people’s lives.  What, then, does it take for leaders of organizations like these to optimize for both effectiveness and efficiency, delivering for the public, and satisfying those to whom they are accountable?  MLD-601: Operations Management taught by versatile Lecturer in Public Policy Mark Fagan explores how operations management is critical to value creation in the public sector. Featuring experiential learning through consulting projects with local government agencies and non-profit organizations, Fagan’s course helps students tackle real operations management issues. Past clients have included the City of Boston, Boston Public Schools, Children’s Hospital, Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless, Massachusetts Department of Youth Services, Massachusetts Department of Revenue, and Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy.  At the end of this rigorous but fun course students will be able to:

  1. See opportunities to improve operations.
  2. Diagnose the problems and barriers to creating value.
  3. Design effective and efficient solutions.
  4. Apply concepts to solve client issues.

Mark Fagan is a gifted instructor in the online format, having taught online for many years in the Harvard Extension School, and successfully pivoting his courses online in Spring of 2020.
Harvard students can learn more about MLD-601 and Mark Fagan’s teaching style by viewing the course preview video.
In addition to Operations Management, Fagan also teaches:

Learn more about the work of Fagan and his students in these courses by exploring the Autonomous Vehicles Policy Initiative at the Taubman Center for State and Local Government,
Listen to Fagan discuss how policymakers can navigate the robot car revolution on this HKS PolicyCast podcast.

Read how students in last spring’s Supply Chain Management course went to work to help when the COVID-19 struck.

Harvard Kennedy School course helps COVID-19 front lines

For questions about any of Mark Fagan’s courses, or any other in the MLD curriculum, email Greg Dorchak, MLD Area Administrator.