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The Public Manager Case Book

The Public Manager Case Book
Making Decisions in a Complex World

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July 2012 | 216 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
This collection of eight public administration cases helps students practice the decision-making skills they need in their jobs as public managers. Each case includes substantial background data such as budgeting priorities, political imperatives and zoning issues and requires students to reach decisions or recommendations through a process of interacting with other students in the class. All cases are class-tested and appropriate for advanced undergraduate or postgraduate students in public administration and public policy courses.
David F. Thompson and Gary R. Rassel
1 Balancing the Budget in Gaston County, North Carolina
Maureen Brown
2 Emergency Management at the Millennium
Sherril B. Gelmon and Robert Gassner
3 The Quest to Continue: Healthy Communities Inc.
Gary R. Rassel
4 Ending Welfare as We Know It
Patricia M. Alt
5 Evolving Objectives: The Statewide Evaluation and Planning
Carole L. Jurkiewicz
6 Teaching What They Practice
Terrel L. Rhodes and Linda E. Swayne
7 The Edifice Complex: A New Coliseum for Charlotte?
Cheryl L. Brown
8 Smart Cards for Paperless Transactions: Facilitation of e-Government or Threat to Security?
About the Authors

I am teaching a module for postgraduate MBA students on Business Planning. Most come from working backgrounds in health and education hence many more profit orientated cases are not applicable to them so I am hoping that this publication can give them some good insights into the decisioni process for the public sector and thus to avoid the standard criticism that the Module is really built for those working in the 'for profit' sector.

Mr Timothy Dee
The Business School, Canterbury Christ Church University
October 31, 2012

Terrel L. Rhodes

Rhodes is Professor of Public Administration and Vice Provost for Curriculum and Undergraduate Studies at Portland State University. He has experience nationally and internationally in local government training. His most recent book was, Republicans in the South: Voting for the White House, Voting for the Statehouse.   More About Author

Patricia M. Alt

Patricia Maloney Alt is Professor, Department of Health Sciences, and Coordinator, Clinician-Administrator Transition Program, at Towson University. She was previously Aging Policy Coordinator for the Maryland State Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH), and has been a consultant to federal, state, and local agencies. She is the Chair of the Towson University Institutional Review Board for the Protection of Human Research Participants (IRB), and also serves on the DHMH IRB. More About Author

Cheryl L. Brown

Cheryl L. Brown is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She is a specialist in Chinese politics, international relations and e-government.   More About Author

Marueen Brown

Maureen Brown is Associate Professor in the Public Administration program at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She is a national consultant on information technology systems and was the Principal Investigator on the U.S. Department of Justice COPS-MORE grant received by the City of Charlotte Metropolitan Police Department. More About Author

Robert J. Gassner

Robert Gassner is Vision Council Manager with the United Way of the Columbia-Willamette. He holds an Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree from Portland State University, and was formerly Executive Director of Healthy Communities, Inc.  More About Author

Sherril B. Gelmon

Sherril Gelmon is Associate Professor of Public Health in the Department of Public Administration at Portland State University. She is a nationally recognized consultant on assessment and serves as a judge for the national Malcolm Baldridge Award program.  More About Author

Gary R. Rassel

Gary R. Rassel is Associate Professor of Political Science and Coordinator of the Master of Public Administration Program at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He is co-author, with Elizabethann O'Sullivan, of the textbook, Research Methods for Public Administrators.  More About Author

Carole L. Jurkiewicz

Carole L. Jurkiewicz is Milton J. Womack Professor for Developing Scholars, Public Administration Institute in the E. J. Ourso College of Business Administration at Louisiana State University.  More About Author

Linda E Swayne

Linda E. Swayne is Professor of Marketing in the William and Ida Friday College of Business Administration at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte where she serves as chair of the department. She is the author of numerous books in Marketing and Health Administration.   More About Author

David F. Thompson

David F. Thompson is Chief Operating Officer and Managing Principal of Freeman White, Inc., of Charlotte, NC. Mr. Thompson has a Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree from North Carolina State University. He is a former county manager, having been manager of three counties over a fifteen year period.  More About Author

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