Leadership: Creating Public Value

Rise to the challenge of public leadership

In this online course from Harvard, you will understand how to create long-term public value by designing a value proposition that is actionable and creative

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What You'll Learn

The world in which each of us–and all of us–now live is full of pressing problems and future risks. But it is also full of hope, aspiration, and opportunity. In Leadership: Creating Public Value, you will learn how to face and meet today’s challenges and design a public value proposition that is both actionable and value creating. 

Within the course, you will use an integrated analytic framework to help you understand concrete problems or opportunities for collective action. This framework focuses on the three key elements of producing a publicly valued result: understanding the specific conditions you hope to improve; designing and developing the necessary operational capacities; and securing the public support and financial resources required to launch and sustain your effort at the desired scope and scale.

Through case studies, you will see real public leaders seeking to challenge the status quo. You will be asked to reflect on their thought and action using the analytical frameworks and concepts developed and applied throughout the course. By the end of the course, you will understand how to create long-term public value by envisioning and enacting a better, more just, future for us all.

The course will be delivered via edX and connect learners around the world. By the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Use best-in-class thinking from both the private and public sectors to identify risks and exploit opportunities in your particular context
  • Create an actionable public value proposition that can be launched by you you’re your particular position value-creating proposal for
  • Identify the important values at stake in your proposed initiative along with performance indicators to guide you in developing new ideas and creating a value-first mindset
  • Understand what it means to be socially responsible and how to deliver public value and services
  • Use your critical thinking, problem-solving, and decision-making skills to analyze the viability of a public-value model
  • Examine the moral and ethical challenges and questions that arise when seeking to improve public value outcomes

Your Instructor

Mark Moore has been a Professor at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government for more than 40 years. Over his career, he has also held professorial appointments at the Harvard Business School, and Harvard’s Graduate School of Education. 

An expert in the emerging field of strategic public management, his work has focused on “creating public value” in such domains as policing, crime prevention, public health, child protection, education, and the arts. He has advised individuals holding institutional positions in government, in non-profit organizations, in philanthropies, as well as entrepreneurial social innovators and change makers who created “public value initiatives” from scratch.

Over the years, Moore has served as the Chief Planning Officer for the Drug Enforcement Agency, launched new education programs at Harvard, and produced publications in the fields of public management, public leadership, and social innovation.

Moore has a B.A. from Yale University (Summa Cum Laude), and an M.P.P. and Ph.D. from the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.

Ways to take this course

When you enroll for this course, you will have the option of pursuing a Verified Certificate or Auditing the Course.

A Verified Certificate costs $209 and provides unlimited access to full course materials, activities, tests, and forums. At the end of the course, learners who earn a passing grade can receive a certificate. 

Alternatively, learners can Audit the course for free and have access to select course material, activities, tests, and forums. Please note that this track does not offer a certificate for learners who earn a passing grade.

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