Case Teaching Resources

From case teaching tips to guidelines on memo writing, organizational mapping, and giving presentations, these case teaching resources are designed to provide faculty and students with skills and tools for the classroom and the workplace.


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The Integrated Management Curriculum

The Integrated Management Curriculum is built around the responsibilities, problems and skills that public managers face in their daily work, using literature and theory to amplify and deepen a student’s ability to respond to practical challenges.

We are pleased to share with our colleagues this assemblage of conceptual frameworks, cases, literature, teaching notes, student study guidance and assignments, and summary power point presentations, as samples to assist in preparing your own syllabus and curriculum.


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Welcome to the Case Method!

This short piece richly conveys the essence of cases, the critical tasks of case teaching and case writing, and the key indicators of quality in both case texts and class discussions.

 

How to Teach a Case

For both new and experienced case method instructors. Written by John Boehrer, Director of Teaching Resources for the Hallway, this essay uses a single case as a point of departure to richly discuss some of the most basic issues in case teaching.

 

Case and Discussion Teaching Tips

Education for Judgment: The Artistry of Discussion Leadership. A collection of insightful essays on making the transition from lecture or other traditional teaching forms to discussion or case leadership.

 

Blackboard Tips

Talk and Chalk: The Blackboard as an Intellectual Tool. Michael O'Hare distinguishes the blackboard from slides, overheads and flip charts, and gives practical pointers on how to make it an effective device for managing and stimulating discussion.

 

Presentation Checklist

Thought provoking compilation of objectives and reminders for making compelling presentations to senior officers and executives. Provides a practical outline of considerations to develop students' briefing and presentation skills.

 

MORETOOLS: A Framework for Analyzing Management Dilemmas

The MORETOOLS framework provides a practical and systematic approach for considering the crucial elements in any management or policy dilemma, and a means for creating a sensible strategy or plan for addressing the challenge or problem.

 

A Note on Mapping

Mapping can become, with the use of this note, a systematic and theoretically sound tool for managers and leaders, one of the basic building blocks of sound leadership analysis and development of organizational strategies and management tactics.

 

Memo Writing

This note, by The Evans School’s J. Patrick Dobel, Harvard’s Richard Elmore, and Evans graduate Laurie Werner, covers memo writing in depth—audience, organization, writing, and language—plus notes on email.

 

Brief Guidelines for Writing Action Memos

Harvard's Joseph S. Nye, a senior public policy professor with an extensive background in high-level public service, outlines ten critical considerations to apply in urging higher-ups toward action.

 

Writing Effective Memos

In brief memo form, longtime writing and communication teacher John Boehrer, senior consulting editor for The Electronic Hallway, lays out systematic steps in writing memos and details key features that make them effective.

 

Sentence Outlines

A widely published and skilled writer, experienced in government, research, and teaching, presents a powerful tool for accomplishing writing tasks. Written by UC Berkeley's Michael O'Hare, its form exemplifies the concept.

 

Building Consensus for a Sustainable Future

This tool "Building Consensus for a Sustainable Future" provides a basis for approaching conflicts that range from international or environmental disputes to building support for proposed policies or legislation.

 

Leadership Counts: Lessons for Public Managers

Robert D. Behn's pathfinding book examines Massachusetts Department of Welfare's Employment and Training Choices (ET Choices) Program. Well-written and thorough, it explores what it really takes to successfully lead and change a public agency.


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