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Harvard Policy Group and the Leadership for a Networked World Program

The Leadership for a Networked World Program at Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government (3E) strengthens skills in cross-boundary leadership needed for 21st century government and governance. The focus is on innovation through the use of information technologies. Content is delivered through executive workshops, publications from its advisory board (Harvard Policy Group), and online resources. Faculty from both the Kennedy School and Harvard Business School teach in this executive education program, using classroom interaction, guest speakers, and case studies. Governments register multiple individuals/teams to attend the intensive workshops.

The Harvard Policy Group (HPG) is the advisory board to the Leadership for a Networked World Program. Members include legislators, private and public sector executives, CIOs, general managers, and public officials from federal, state, and local government in the United States and Canada. The HPG meets several times a year to set and develop its research and publication agenda. The IEG is the founding partner and sponsor of the Harvard Policy Group.

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Eight Imperatives for Government Leaders

Eight Imperatives This series of papers is the Harvard Policy Group's seminal work used by many governments to develop and enhance their e-government strategies:


Meet the Harvard Policy Group and read about how they developed a model framework for government leaders.

Imperative 1: Focus on How IT Can Reshape Work and Public Sector Strategies

Learn key public sector strategies to reshape the workplace, develop the infrastructure to succeed, and add value to citizens.

Imperative 2: Use IT for Strategic Innovation, Not Simply Tactical Automation

Understand the enormous potential benefits of IT if used to fundamentally redesign old work processes..

Imperative 3: Utilize Best Practices in Implementing IT Initiatives

Avoid common failures in IT initiatives by following successful examples.

Imperative 4: Improve Budgeting and Financing for Promising IT Initiatives

By focusing on incremental annual changes to existing programs, government budgets make it hard to invest in IT initiatives with high value and cross-agency innovations.

Imperative 5: Protect Privacy and Security

Volatile issues of privacy and security require careful respect for individual rights in the context of maintaining safey.

Imperative 6: Form IT-related Partnerships to Stimulate economic Development

Sustaining cooperation among diverse entities across boundaries is always difficult without partnerships.

Imperative 7: Use IT to Promote Equal Opportunity and Healthy Communities

The digital divide threatens to widen inequalities and destroy the social cohesiveness of geographic commuities.

Imperative 8: Prepare for Digital Democracy

Develop initiatives to give stakeholders a voice and a role in the democratic process using Web technologies.

Making Good on the Promise

Making Good on the Promise: Success Depends on How We Manage IT

This Harvard Policy Group report was written for newly elected governors and their transition teams as a leadership guide to put information technology and e-gov transformation on the short list of priorities for these administrations.


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