Communication

Bicycling and Coast City

Bicycling and Coast City is a comprehensive case study based upon a fictionalized city on the central coast of a Western state. Following a string of cyclist injuries and casualties along the bustling central corridor of Coast City, city leaders decide that action must be taken to improve the safety and mobility of local cyclists. Part A of the case begins with background information and problem definition, setting the backdrop with vivid detail of Coast City and its various stakeholders and political conflicts.

Esperanza Healthy Families: Strategic Program Development for a New Nonprofit

This fictional simulation demonstrates the challenges of developing programs for a nonprofit organization with multiple and sometimes competing demands. Esperanza Healthy Families includes both health and nutrition components with program directors for each who advocate for their own programs. The Executive Director must find middle ground while also faithfully executing a charge for the Board to propose programs that align with board goals.

United or Divided States? U.S.-Mexico Border Simulation

This two-day simulation focuses on the negotiation of controversial and complex issues related to the 2,000-mile border that separates and joins the United States and Mexico as neighbors.

Five Mini-Cases on Ethics in Management

The five mini-cases on ethics in managerial decision-making are intended to portray real life managerial dilemmas in a way that will help students develop frameworks for addressing those dilemmas.

Advocating for Immigrant Integration: OneAmerica's Washington New Americans Initiative

Over the past decade, immigrant rights organizations in several states seized the opportunity to shift their advocacy efforts from a narrow focus on reform of the nation’s immigration laws to a broader platform of improved immigrant integration into American society. This meant an expansion of policy focus into all aspects of immigrant life, including education, health care, and employment opportunities. To accomplish this, immigrant rights organizations had to devise new strategies to advocate for change at the level of state government.

Ethics Case: What's Really Going On?

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 an oblique request from one of her bosses that might actually have been a threat. The situation is further complicated by the fact that she gained information about the potential job threat through confidential channels. A central focus of the case is to determine which ethical guidelines should govern the choices that the administrator makes.

Innovating in the Public Health Sector: Republica

Dr. Albert Viau has developed a national physician’s assistant program to help solve the problem of rural health service delivery in Republica, a mountainous Central American country. This program would provide high level preventative and primary care in the rural and underserved areas of the country. His proposed solution faces major opposition from his medical colleagues and the health establishment. Dr. Viau knew the proven policy would help alleviate the problem, but he could not find any support. He ran for Dean of the Medical School to begin the reform and did not succeed.

The Silver Affair: The Limits of Public Service Discretion

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. As part of the Program Analysis team, Gil Silver is designated to review the Bureau’s contract with a major timber company— Thompson Timber Co.—after intense opposition from small lumber companies and farm, labor and conservation groups. These groups claim the Bureau gives preferential treatment to big companies who ignore conservation requirements.

Op-Eds: Writing for Social Change

This teaching note characterizes op-eds and discusses a few challenging aspects about initiating op-ed writing such as how to prompt student writers to go beyond a topic to determine a specific issue and finally forge a statement of purpose. This note offers one way for academics to introduce student writers to a prevalent genre in the field of public policy.