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Strategic Management of Regulatory and Enforcement Agencies

Program Session(s):
September 25, 2016 - September 30, 2016
March 6, 2017 - March 10, 2017

Application Deadline(s):
July 25, 2016
January 5, 2017

Program Fee:$7,600

Program fee includes: tuition, housing, curricular materials, and most meals.

Click here to see this program’s Executive Core Qualification (ECQ) alignment.

Faculty Chair: Malcolm Sparrow

Program Director: Caitlin McBride

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Strategic Management of Regulatory and Enforcement Agencies (SMREA) examines the distinctive strategic and managerial challenges that surround government agencies’ regulatory and enforcement functions, focusing on issues of social regulation (the control of risks to society) rather than economic regulation (the control of markets). This course explores the operations and management of regulatory and enforcement agencies rather than the reform of law.

  • What does it mean to adopt a risk-based approach to regulatory policy?
  • What is the full range of tools available to regulatory policymakers to identify and control risks?
  • What are the difficulties of performance measurement in the regulatory domain?
  • How can policymakers develop effective collaborative partnerships with diverse stakeholder groups?

The course will examine some of the current prescriptions for reform (such as customer service orientation and process improvement) in light of the unique task that regulatory agencies face.  We will also focus on the distinctive character of the risk-control task, and pressures for regulators to prove their worth and effectiveness.

Hanzo Van Beusekom, Strategic Management of Regulatory and Enforcement Agencies alumni 2005, was featured in the summer 2010 issue of Harvard Kennedy School Magazine. In the article Van Beusekom discusses his experience in the program and how he was able to apply what he learned during the program within his organization.


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