Course Meeting Times
Lectures: 3.5 hours / session, 1 session / day for 5 days
An old saying holds that "there are many more good ideas in the world than goodideas implemented." This is a case-based introduction to the fundamentals of effective implementation. Developed with the needs and interests of planners
but also with broad potential application
in mind, this course is a fast-paced,case-driven introduction to developing strategy for organizations and projects,managing operations, recruiting and developing talent, taking calculated risks,measuring results (performance), and leading adaptive change, for examplewhere new mental models and habits are required but also challenging topromote. Our cases are set in the U.S. and the developing world and in multiplework sectors (urban redevelopment, transportation, workforce development,housing, etc.). We will draw on public, private, and nonprofit implementationconcepts and experience.
What We Will Not Cover
Much of the material in course 11.337J (Urban Design Policy and Action), ongovernment rules and incentives. Our focus is on an array of approaches tocreating change, including the organizational dimensions of
making the changehappen
the implementation of public policy only or of government-adopted urban design ideas. Likewise, we will not cover in depth theimportant and vast implementation topic of
negotiating agreement on courses of action
, for which there are module and full semester courses at MIT, Harvard, andother schools nearby. Gaining agreement is often necessary but never sufficientto
In addition to our 3.5 hours of class time per day (including a 20 minutestretch/snack break), native English speakers should expect to spend at least 3-4hours per day, and non-native speakers more time, preparing well for the nextday's discussions.