Case | HBS Case Collection | November 2012

Hillary Clinton & Partners: Leading Global Social Change from the U.S. State Department

by Rosabeth M. Kanter and Ai-Ling Jamila Malone

Abstract

As U.S. Secretary of State, Hillary Rodham Clinton acted on a long-standing interest in public-private partnerships to elevate and activate an Office of Global Partnerships reporting directly to her. One major initiative that also addressed her interest in women's empowerment was to create an alliance for clean cookstoves, a significant environmental and public health issue in developing countries. This case examines the change process within the State Department and across the federal government as well as the process of developing partnerships, and looks at what happens on the ground to deploy resources. It raises the question of whether the alliances are sustainable when Sec. Clinton leaves office.

Keywords: leadership; collaboration; partnerships; global collaboration; innovation; Leadership; Leading Change;

Citation:

Kanter, Rosabeth M., and Ai-Ling Jamila Malone. "Hillary Clinton & Partners: Leading Global Social Change from the U.S. State Department." Harvard Business School Case 313-086, November 2012.