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The decision cases in this collection differ from the cases commonly used in social work education. Whatever their experience with the case method of teaching or with end-of-life care, most instructors will benefit from the extensive teaching notes written for each of the cases.

The decision cases in this collection differ from the cases commonly used in social work education.

In the course of a series of investigations into scientific fraud and misconduct involving Nobel laureate David Baltimore and research scientist Thereza Imanishi-Kari, new policies were established in the United States and internationally. The case asks whether Baltimore should resign as president of Rockefeller University. His short tenure had been rocked by controversy over allegations concerning a publication from 1986 in the leading journal, Cell. Although Baltimore himself was never accused of misconduct or data manipulation, investigations into the underlying data led to questions about his role as co-author.

In early December 1991, renowned scientist and Nobel laureate David Baltimore considered his status at Rockefeller University.

As a result of activities within the Abu Ghraib prison, Donald Rumsfeld faced circumstances that were arguably as grave as any leader will ever encounter. The case offers a useful opportunity to apply frameworks taught in public management and policy courses.

During the U.S. led war in Iraq, allegations of prisoner abuse within the Abu Ghraib prison evoked angry reactions worldwide.

This case follows Greg Nickels as he navigates how the King County Board of Health will address reporting individuals with HIV.

This case presents the challenges facing Greg Nickels, the chair of the King County Board of Health, who must decide how the board will address the issue of reporting individuals with Human Immunod

This case looks at the ethical challenges one manager faces as he attempts to create productive a relationship with his board while maintaining loyalty to and from staff.  Lessons in local government, ethics, management and dealing with boards.

Wellington Street Pier Project is a short, well crafted case, which explores the leadership and ethical challenges a new Port Director faces as he attempts to create a productive relations

A recently appointed engineering commissioner in an urban building department is confronted with disconcerting allegations of unethical conduct by one of her supervisors. Students gain insight on handling highly visible and symbolic personnel issues and managing the situation to expedite valuable changes in department culture.

Students of public or personnel management will be challenged by this fast moving case study showing the sequential decisions made in a charged management situation.

This case covers an in-basket exercise that was designed for mid to lower-level supervisory management development programs for investor-owned electric utility personnel, such as power plant foremen and supervisors, as well as those from other corporate functional areas such as general office, transmission/distribution, engineering, finance, and marketing. 

In-basket exercises are commonly used in the hiring process (particularly in screening candidates for management positions), promotion decisions, and in management training and development programs

This case, which was developed from primary sources, highlights the array of competing objectives and political tensions involved in local government administration and ethical public sector decision making. 

A public sector chief executive is faced with a dilemma: recommend the selection of a vendor based upon objective criteria and potentially lose her job, or revise her recommendation in response to

Describes a conflict between historic preservation and economic development in Malaysia in a multicultural environment where issues of race, religion and economic class complicate the preservation versus development debate.

This case describes a conflict between historic preservation and economic development in Malaysia in a multicultural environment where issues of race, religion and economic class complicate the pre

A political appointee pressures a seasoned career official to authorize an unethical contract. The official's judgment and experience steer the appointee clear of a dangerous course, and end up winning his respect.

Interview with Al Zuck presents, in his own words, the personal reflections and reactions of a respected twenty-three year career official in the Department of Labor during the 1980 Presidential tr