HKS Elective Courses in Management, Leadership, and Decision Sciences

The HKS Courses below qualify towards The MLD Certificate

(Current Harvard students should visit my.harvard for detailed schedule information, availability of courses offered in multiple sections within a given semester, and those offered in more than one module or semester. Core required courses, e.g., MLD-220M and MLD-501M, are not listed below as they do not count towards the MLD Certificate.)


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-203         Exercising Authority: Power, Strategy, and Voice (Heifetz and Leary)

MLD-323         Authentic Leadership Development (Born; Not offered AY19)
MLD-325         Becoming a Leader (Gergen; Not offered AY19)
MLD-355M      Public Narrative: Self, Us, Now (Ganz)
MLD-356M      Public Narrative: Loss, Difference, Power, and Change (Ganz)
MLD-364         Leadership from the Inside Out: The Personal Capacity to Lead and Stay Alive (Heifetz; Spring 2018 Module version also eligible)
MLD-617M         Effective Implementation: Learning from Effective Implementers (Hartmann)
DPI-890-A           The Making of a Politician (Jarding; formerly numbered DPI-330)
DPI-890-B           The Making of a Politician (Jarding; formerly numbered DPI-330)

Leadership Studies

MLD-322         The Art and Adventures of Public Leadership (Gergen)
         The Leadership System: Leaders, Followers, Context (Kellerman)
DPI-115           The American Presidency (Porter)
DPI-117M   The Evolution of the 21st Century American Presidency: Bush, Obama, and Trump (Kamarck)

DPI-720           Leaders and Leadership in History (Temkin)
IGA-212M        Leadership and Management of National Security (Rapp; not offered AY19)

Decision Sciences

MLD-301         Leadership Decision Making (Lerner; Not offered AY19)
MLD-304-A         Science of Behavior Change (Rogers)
MLD-304-B         Science of Behavior Change (Rogers)

MLD-310         Behavioral Economics for Organizations (Bohnet; Not offered AY19)
MLD-335Y         United Kingdom Immersive Field Course: Behavioral Insights (Luca)
MLD-337Y         EC Field Course – US: Behavioral Insights (Bazerman; Not offered AY19)
API-302         Analytic Frameworks for Policy (Zeckhauser)
API-303         Game Theory and Strategic Decisions (Dogan)
API-304         Behavioral Economics and Public Policy (Madrian; Not offered AY19)
API-305         Behavioral Economics, Law and Public Policy (Sunstein)
API-222-A       Machine Learning and Big Data Analytics (Saghafian)
API-222-B       Machine Learning and Big Data Analytics (Saghafian)
IGA-224        Decision Making in Recent Crises (O’Sullivan)

Negotiation and Conflict Management

MLD-222M      Negotiation Analysis (Hong)
MLD-223M      Negotiating Across Differences (Hong)
MLD-224         Behavioral Science of Negotiations (Minson)
MLD-232M      International Negotiation: Fundamentals for Emerging Global Leaders (Wilkinson)
MLD-280         Advanced Workshop in Multiparty Negotiation and Conflict Resolution (Mandell)


Organizing for Social Change

Strategic Management

Government and Civic Innovation

MLD-620M       Urban Innovation:  Concepts and Practices (Goldsmith)
MLD-621         Innovation Field Lab: Public Problem Solving in Massachusetts Cities (de Jong)
DEV-320M       Scaling Up for Development Impact (Guerrero Pulgar)

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

Organizing Civic, Political, and Social Action

MLD-377        Organizing: People, Power, and Change (Ganz)
DPI-312M      Sparking Social Change: Analytic Frameworks to Guide Social Innovators (Moore)
DPI-313M    Sparking Social Change: Design Lab (Moore)
DPI-535       Making Change When Change is Hard: the Law, Politics, and Policy of Social Change (Power & Sunstein)
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)
MLD-342         Persuasion: The Science and Art of Effective Influence (Orren)
DPI-351M       Lobbying: Theory, Practice, and Simulations (Fagan)



DPI-365            Plutocracy, Philanthropy, and the Public Good (Muhammad; not offered AY19)


Social Enterprise

MLD-829M         Fundamentals of Entrepreneurial Finance (Byers; not offered AY19)
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 Enterprises 101: How to Go from Start-Up to End Up (Bildner)
MLD-840          Entrepreneurial Finance (Byers)
MLD-845M         Entrepreneurial Finance Workshop (Byers; not offered AY19)

BGP-235M        Private Capital for Public Purpose: Impact Investing and Its Siblings (Wood)


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)

MLD-110         Strategic Management for Public Purposes (Zimmerman)
MLD-115         Management Matters: Leadership, Strategy and Getting Things Done (Bower)
MLD-630M     Government Turnarounds (Liebman)
MLD-632M    Transforming Public Interest Organizations (Freeland)
MLD-635      The Theory and Practice of Strategic Management in Government (Moore)
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)
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-A         Managing Financial Resources in Non Profit Organizations (Honan)
MLD-427-B         Managing Financial Resources in Non Profit Organizations (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

MLD-500-A         Maximizing Human Capital and Organizational Performance (Livingston)
MLD-500-B         Maximizing Human Capital and Organizational Performance (Livingston)
MLD-502          Developing People: Personal and Systemic Capacity Building (O’Brien; not offered AY19)
MLD-670    Gender and Public Policy (GAPP) Seminar: Promoting Gender Equality at Work (Bowles & Wald)

Operations and Performance Management

MLD-601         Operations Management (Fagan)
MLD-602         Performance Leadership: Producing Results in Public and Nonprofit Agencies (Behn)
MLD-603M       Operations Management for Improving Public Services (Saghafian: not offered AY19)
MLD-610         Generating and Using Evidence to Improve the Management of Your Organization (Wilson)
DPI-670M         Preventing Digital Disaster: Lessons from (Eaves and Kelman)

DPI-671M         Disrupting Bureaucracy: Understanding Recent Efforts in Digital Government (Eaves)
DPI 678M        Introduction to Product Management: Building Technology in Government and Beyond (Pham)


Crisis and Conflict Management

MLD-381        Mitigating and Managing a Crisis (Kayyem)
IGA-455M      Leadership in Environmental Conflicts (Wentworth)

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