MLD-102: Getting Things Done: Management in a Development Context taught by Matthew Andrews, Edward S. Mason Senior Lecturer in International Development, is a core, required course for the HKS MPA/ID program. It is also open for enrollment by non-MPA/ID students; permission of the instructor is not required. With a focus on developing country contexts, this course introduces students to critical concepts in organization theory, public management, and the practice of development to enable them to understand the individual, structural, and systemic underpinnings of good management and governance. The development context requires a focus on service delivery from both government and civil society (non-profits and aid agencies in cooperation with one another, and with the local government partner). Service delivery includes a wide variety of activities from education to regulatory enforcement. A critical driver of success is good management and governance, especially in the face of major resource constraints and in complex settings. Through theoretical readings, case study discussions, and simulations, students will apply theoretical concepts to real-world situations and, through simulations, experience the difficulty of managing. Building on analytical work from other courses, students will focus on such critical issues as corruption, participatory development, scaling up, social service delivery, and emergency response.
Learn more about Matt and his approach to management in a development context:
- Hear, in this podcast, how Matt Andrews thinks about the success in service delivery and policy implementation by understanding cases of failure. Read Matt’s paper on Public Policy Failures.
- Read Matt’s posts in the Public Leadership through Crisis blog series, which offers ideas for leaders questioning how they can help and what kind of leadership is required in crises. Hear the accompanying virtual podcast discussions with Matt Andrews and others about managing through the current COVID-19 Crisis.#LeadingThruCrisis
- Explore the Building State Capability (BSC) program at the Center for International Development (CID); follow on Twitter @HarvardBSC
MLD-102 will be offered in two sections at Harvard Kennedy School in Fall of 2023. If you have any questions about this course, or any other in the MLD curriculum, email Greg Dorchak, MLD Area Administrator.