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Senior Managers in Government, Short Course

  • Application Deadline
  • 21 days
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A constantly changing world requires flexible and innovative leaders. Today’s senior managers in government face a variety of complex challenges, ranging from the effects of globalization to quantum leaps in information technology. Successful performance in this dynamic context demands skill, insight, and an ever-expanding range of talents and tools. 
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The Senior Managers in Government (SMG) program provides senior executives in the federal government, other national governments, and international organizations with the cutting-edge skills necessary to thrive. Participants from across the world come together with expert Harvard faculty for intensive sessions that enhance the core leadership skills needed to address public sector concerns within large organizations.

The course focuses on the multi-dimensional issues faced by senior managers including:

  • Policy development: Structuring a decision-making process that draws on knowledge from all parts of an organization and designing policies to optimize implementation.
  • Political strategy: Mobilizing the support of key parties in an environment of shared responsibility to build support for a policy.
  • Performance management: Defining, assessing, and improving organizational performance.
  • Organizational design: Building authority and communication structures to optimize performance in an organization.
  • Negotiation: Creating win-win outcomes, resolving differences, and breaking stalemates.
  • Leadership: Evaluating and improving leadership styles, including leadership in crisis situations.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 21 days
  • Languages
    • English
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  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

  • The Harvard case method is central to Kennedy School teaching. Each case describes an actual situation in public management and serves as a stimulus for participants to think through possible approaches and solutions to real-world problems. 
  • Participants will reflect upon their professional experiences and will meet daily in small groups, as well as in class sessions to discuss cases and exchange ideas.
  • It has been the experience of the Kennedy School faculty that the best learning environment for executives emerges when participants come together from diverse venues but with broadly comparable positions. Participants are urged to share their insights and to test them against the experience and views of their peers. This practice helps to transform participants into reflective practitioners who recognize their own strengths and limitations, as well as the perspectives of others.


English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

  • Schedule a TOEFL® test
  • Schedule an IELTS test

Academic Requirements

  • Admission is based on the candidate's depth of experience, range of responsibility, as well as the commitment of the sponsoring organization to the future advancement of the individual. Participants must be freed from official duties for the duration of the program.

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Tuition Fee

  • International

    21400 USD/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 21400 USD for the full programme and a duration of 21 days.
  • National

    21400 USD/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 21400 USD for the full programme and a duration of 21 days.
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Living costs for Cambridge

  • 1814 - 3760 USD/month
    Living Costs

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