This course is a blend of case studies and principles of teaching leadership from the Harvard Business School and from Tsinghua’s School of Economics and Management. Cases reach beyond business examples to explore non-profits and government leadership. Cases are often paired to contrast Chinese and non-Chinese styles of leadership and decision making.

Applicable TowardsCore
Department Schwarzman Scholars
Credits 3
FacultyGautam Mukunda

Course structure

The course covers two modules of the Schwarzman Scholars calendar. It will feature an introduction to leadership; leadership through team structures; improving interpersonal effectiveness; exploring Chinese cultural themes as they relate to leadership; and exploring leadership during times of major societal transformation. In addition, case study discussion sessions of several diverse Chinese leaders in various fields will be spread out across the two modules.

The course will be conducted in an interactive style with limited lectures and intensive discussion, driven by the case study teaching methodology.


Lead Faculty

Wang Youqiang - Professor and Deputy Dean, School of Public Policy and Management

Professor WANG Youqiang, Professor of the School of Public Policy and Management, and Deputy Executive Director of the China Institute for Development Planning at Tsinghua University. He earned a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Maryland in 1997 and a Ph.D. in Mathematics from Ohio University in 1989. From 1997 to 2002, he was a professor in the Department of Economics in Chinese University of Hong Kong. Professor Wang’s areas of research are public economics, governance in the public sector, and leadership.

Professor Wang’s research publications include "Commodity Taxes under Fiscal Competition: Stackelberg Equilibrium and Optimality," American Economic Review, September 1999, 89(4), pp. 974-981. "A New Class of Deprivation-based Generalized Gini Indices," Economic Theory, 2000, 16, pp. 363-377(co-edited with CUI Qiyuan). "Polarization Orderings and New Classes of Polarization Indices," Journal of Public Economic Theory, 2000, 2(3), pp. 349-363(co-edited with CUI Qiyuan)."A Theory of Migration as a Response to Relative Deprivation," German Economic Review, 2000, 1(2), pp. 131-143(with Oded Stark). "Migration Dynamics," Economics Letters, 2002, 76, pp. 159-164(with Oded Stark).