“The SMG program was a great opportunity for me to broaden my thinking and way of looking at issues facing us today. The participant interaction could not have been better. I'd highly recommend the opportunity to others.”
-Robert McFadden, Warden, United States Medical Center for Federal Prisoners, SMG 2004
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.