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A suburban town experiences controversy and service gridlock over construction and land use permit processing. Students work on how to find tools to correct these service and political problems.
Instructors may use this case to teach operations analysis, and demonstrate the use of "continuous improvement" or "work re-engineering," inclusive decision-making and strategic organizational deve
This case is intended to help students explore the strategies associations and non-profit organizations can use to significantly change the environment in which they operate and thus the services they provide the public.
On November 6, 2006, the night before a public advisory vote on whether to fluoridate the water supply in Skagit County, Washington, Tracy Garland, the president and CEO of the Washington Dental Se
A United Nations hydrologist discovers the political complexity of adopting an environmentally sound riparian resource plan for the Zambezi River, which flows through eight African nations. The case asks students to identify the political problem or problems threatening a technically sound environmental plan.
This case focuses on the complex political structure of managing a riparian resource in developing countries.
This is a complex, multi-dimensional case that forces students to step outside comfortable boundaries in health care, public health, public policy, and community development.
Wyandotte County, Kansas consistently ranks near the bottom in health outcomes in the state. It is also one of the state’s poorest, most diverse counties.
A local Philippine organization collaborates with PATH, an international nonprofit organization to implement an environmental management project. This case gives students an opportunity to consider the dilemmas that commonly arise in institutional relationships between culturally dissimilar organizations.
This case is written from the perspective of Lemia Simbulan, director of the Andres Soriano Foundation (ASF), a local Philippine organization collaborating with PATH, an international nonprofit org
This case presents challenges in linking policy analysis and development to implementation when confronted with conflict from within and without a public organization. It is appropriate for use in a graduate level public management course and would also work well in a leadership or ethics class.
The California Bureau of Public Lands is responsible for the management of all state-owned lands. It contracts with private timber companies to harvest timber.
The case begins in Spring 2007 with Paul Shoemaker and Ruth Jones, the respective executive directors of Social Venture Partners (SVP) Seattle and Social Venture Partners International (SVPI).
The events that led to the bankruptcy of the San Antonio Symphony illustrate conflicting goals that nonprofits face, addressing both financial viability of their organizations and artistic and cultural views of how nonprofits should operate.
This case is about the events that led to the bankruptcy of the San Antonio Symphony.
Hurricane Katrina resulted in a tragic humanitarian disaster due to a decades-long combination of government action and inaction. In this sense, it was a preventable disaster.
This case focuses on the long and short-term factors that contributed to making Hurricane Katrina a humanitarian emergency in the City of New Orleans.
This five part case series focuses on a manager charged with overseeing worker health and safety, who discovers some surprising results in the data he has about a program that dispel his previous assumptions, and other results that leave him with more questions.
This case focuses on Monty Paradis, a manager charged with overseeing farm worker health and safety, who discovers surprising results in the data he has about a state regulatory program called the