Creating Value in Business and Government (HKS-HBS Joint Degree Seminar) - Harvard Business School MBA Program

Creating Value in Business and Government (HKS-HBS Joint Degree Seminar)

Course Number 5230

Professor Herman Leonard
Fall; Q1Q2; 3 credits
10 3-hour sessions
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Enrollment: Limited to students in Year 3 of the HKS-HBS joint degree program

Educational Objectives

This seminar will bring together students in Year 3 of the joint degree program with Harvard Kennedy School of Goverment. Meetings will be held on the HBS campus on ten Mondays in fall term, from 3:30 PM - 6:30 PM.

This full-credit course is open only to students in the HBS-HKS Joint Degree Program, and is a required course for all joint degree students in the fall semester of their third year. Its purpose is to integrate on the one hand, the perspectives and analytic tools provided by the HKS core curricula in the MPP or MPA/ID programs, and, on the other, the perspectives and analytic tools provided by the required HBS curriculum in the MBA program. In essence, the course integrates the skills students have learned in their first two years in the joint degree program.

The course features a series of integrative modules on specific topics. In this set of modules, pairs of faculty members - one each from HBS and HKS - teach as a team, bringing their distinctive perspectives and analytical approaches to bear on a specific subject area. These subject areas may be defined by: policy realms (for example, finance, tax, health, education, environment, or national defense); methods (for example, decision making under uncertainty, project evaluation, performance measurement, or negotiation); or other topics (for example, international trade, technological innovation, economic development, infrastructure, insurance, management styles and processes, or risk management).

It is intended that students will emerge from this course with an understanding of questions such as: how a regulation is developed and promulgated, and how business can seek to influence the outcome; how legislative battles are fought and how business organizes to shape provisions in legislation; and how business and government can work together to shape an international environment that is conducive to economic growth. In short, the aim of the course is to cultivate in students the capacity to view problems comprehensively from "both sides;" that is, how various business interests view an issue, and how government officials in a variety of agencies and institutions view the same problem.