Commentary by the Atlas editors: This one of the core required courses, taken in the first year, for the HKS MPP program. (The other required courses are: API-101: Markets and Market Failure; API-102: Economic Analysis of Public Policy; API-201: Quantitative Analysis and Empirical Methods; API-202: Empirical Methods II; DPI-101: Mobilizing for Political Action - American Politics & Comparative Politics; DPI-201: The Responsibilities of Public Action; and MLD-101: The Strategic Management of Public Organizations.)
MLD-101 addresses topics in three different Atlas subjects. In this it is similar to MLD-110 Strategic Management for Public Purposes, designed for students with management experience.
The topics addressed in four sections of MLD-101, each taught by a different faculty member, differ somewhat - particularly Section A with its special focus on nonprofit organizations.
The Laidler-Kylander (MLD-101A) syllabus provides the following class titles under six themes:
The Role of Mission
Mission and Strategy
Mission and Vision
Mission and Strategy
Structure, Operations, and Program Management
Structure and Strategy
Structure and Operations
Theory of Change and Growth
Challenge of Scaling-up
Strategic Marketing and Decision Making
Creating a Brand
Leadership, Governance and Teams
Characteristics of Leadership
Leadership and Management
Performance Measurement and Improvement
Performance Driven Management
Creating Capacity, Value, and Support
The Hannah Riley (MLD-101B) provides the following "topics" and "subtopics": Leadership and Power; Motivating People (Negotiation Analysis, Cognitive Biases, Managing Conflict, Persuasion, Inspiration); Working in Teams; Leveraging Networks; Strategic Management (Mission & Strategy, Operations, Performance Management, Leveraging Diversity); Leadership (Crisis, Charisma, Transactional & Transformational).
The Kelman (MLD-101A) and Glynn (MLD-101D) syllabi organize the classes under the six themes used in the MLD-101A syllabus, without naming the sub-topics.
Kelman and Glynn assign as required the book,
Yes! 50 Scientifically Proven Ways to Be Persuasive, Free Press, 2008
- Noah J. Goldstein, Steve J. Martin, and Robert B. Cialdini,
They recommend purchase of:
- Mark Moore, Creating Public Value, Harvard University Press, 1997
and they assign one the following three books to be used in a major assignment:
The Progress Principle: Using Small Wins to Ignite Joy, Engagement, and Creativity at Work, Harvard Business Press. 2011.
Kim Cameron & Marc Lavine, Making the Impossible Possible: Leading Extraordinary Performance – The Rocky Flats Story, Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc., 2006
Steven Kelman, Unleashing Change: A Study of Organizational Renewal Transformation in Government. The Brookings Institution Press, 2005
Scott Snook, Friendly Fire: The Accidental Shootdown of U.S. Black Hawks over Northern Iraq, Princeton University Press, 2002
- Teresa Amabile and Steven Kramer,
Page created by: Ian Clark, last updated 15 February 2013. The content presented on this page, except in the Commentary, is drawn directly from the source(s) cited above, and consists of direct quotations or close paraphrases.