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North Point, Maine Police: Tackling Organizational and Community Issues

This case study is about a fictional police department with issues and situations drawn from a number of real-life scenarios faced by police administrators in the United States. The content allows for open discussion about overcoming resistance to change, organizational dynamics, management, communication, and many other public management issues. It is intended to help students develop problem identification, potential solution development, and reflection skills.

The Bedford Falls Academy Charter School

At the beginning of a new school year during the Great Recession, Bedford Falls Academy Executive Director Susan Lundberg proposes an ambitious five-year capital improvement and enrollment growth plan. The plan is a complete surprise to the Board, which had met to discuss the school’s strategy just three months earlier. Over the previous three years the highly leveraged and cash strapped school has purchased a new facility on two hundred acres of property, expanded its enrollment area to surrounding communities, and expanded is programming from grades 5-8 to include grades 9-12.

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.

NEMO: Addressing Organizational Turmoil and Malaise

This case is about a bureaucratic organization in flux. The government agency in charge of disaster management on the small island of St. Vincent in the Eastern Caribbean is suffering from external threats to its operations as a result of a loss of public confidence. The loss of public confidence is a reaction to the mismanagement of disaster response and relief efforts following a devastating hurricane. The Director (Ag), Ms. Ford, is unable, or unwilling, to rehabilitate the image of the agency in a way that satisfies the general population.

Baltimore: A Case Study in Sustainable Economic Development

Baltimore has suffered significant amounts of economic damage since the end of World War II and de-industrialization: high unemployment, an exodus of residents to the suburbs, alarming homicide and drug addiction rates, and plummeting educational achievement by residents. To reverse the decline, city leaders have pursued an aggressive policy of redeveloping waterfront real estate for high-end commercial and residential use.

Replication of Sustainable Cities

Cities of developing countries are perhaps the most vulnerable for climate change. To deal with their challenges of changing climatic conditions, Rockefeller Foundation created a network of multi-level organizations working in different cities, the Asian Cities Climate Change Resilience Network (ACCCRN), in 2008. ACCCRN’s primary goal is to build city-level climate resilience and to share experiences and “success stories” through network to encourage other cities and scale up climate resilience actions globally.

The Singapore Smart Strategy - Deploying Smart Grids through Intelligent Energy Systems (IES)

This case focuses on the Singaporean government’s pilot strategy for implementing smart grid technology as a means to empower its energy dependent modern economy. Already blessed with one of the world’s most reliable electric grids system, the Singaporean government remains proactive in providing greater reliability and efficiency through innovation.

Rare Circumstances: Medupi and Multilateral Coal Finance in an Age of Sustainable Development

In 2008, rolling blackouts crippled South Africa’s economy, which is highly dependent on energy-intensive industries such as mining and manufacturing. The blackouts were a result of decades of electricity sector mismanagement and underinvestment in power generation facilities despite rapid growth in electricity demand. The Medupi coal-fired power station, which will become one of the largest in the world, was seen as a medium-term solution to the country’s electricity woes. Yet the project faced a funding shortfall due to the global credit crunch that accompanied the 2008 financial crisis.

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.

Pineville Hearing & Deafness Center

This case illustrates the struggles of a well established nonprofit to understand its financial position after expanding its real estate and long-term debt just prior to the Great Recession. The case actors wrestle with understanding measures of financial performance including EBITDDA (Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation, Depletion and Amortization) and GAAP (Generally Accepted Accounting Principles) net income and depreciation.