• CASES AND SIMULATIONS

  • Sector: Government

  • Addressing ELCA: An Exercise in Designing and Facilitating Stakeholder Processes

    To promote an understanding of the complexities behind stakeholder engagement in multi-actor environmental and land use planning processes, this simulation asks students to design and facilitate a citizen/stakeholder meeting in the early stages of a long-term collaborative project where economic, environmental and social interests converge. AUTHOR: Rob Alexander, Rochester Institute of Technology. First Place Award, Best Teaching Simulation Competition, 2010

     

    Adoption of Technology Open Standards Policy by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

    This case details the political and administrative process of adopting and implementing an IT Open Standards Policy in Massachusetts during Gov. Mitt Romney's administration. It prompts students to explore concepts that form the foundation of open government in the digital age, such as open standards, total cost of ownership, and key (and often misunderstood) distinctions between free/libre and open source, commercial and proprietary software, and the challenges of vendor lock-in. AUTHORS: Charles Schweik and Lucia N. Miller, Center for Public Policy and Administration, University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Honorable mention, Best Teaching Case Competition, 2013
     

    Building a Healthy Community

    As funding agencies increasingly focus on community-based projects, they often have clear ideas of how these processes should unfold. This case presents recurrent points of tension around resident representation in a community planning process and highlights important junctures where barriers to resident inclusion are confronted. AUTHORS: Victoria Lowerson and Martha S. Feldman, University of California, Irvine. First Place Award, Best Teaching Case Competition, 2012

     

    City Park: Community Collaboration and Rotating Facilitator Exercise

    This exercise gives students a chance to both participate in a collaborative problem-solving process and practice facilitating a meeting as part of that process. The simulation spans five meetings of an ad hoc working group put together by the city council to explore options for the future of a city park. AUTHORS: John B. Stephens and Ricardo S. Morse, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Honorable mention, Best Teaching Simulation Competition, 2012
     

    Collaboration Amid Crisis: The Department of Defense During Hurricane Katrina

    Using the context of Hurricane Katrina, this case examines the relationship between FEMA, the chief coordinator of federal response efforts, and the most powerful, single actor that FEMA can call upon, the Department of Defense. AUTHOR: Donald P. Moynihan, University of Madison, Wisconsin. Honorable mention, Best Teaching Case Competition, 2008

     

    Collaborative Design of Citizen Engagement in City and County Comprehensive Planning

    Students explore the challenges of public managers collaborating with the public as they work with elected officials, citizen activists, and business representatives to create a proposal for engaging citizens in comprehensive planning. This simulation allows students to experience collaborative problem solving and can be used to teach facilitation skills. AUTHOR: Thomas A. Bryer, University of Central Florida. First Place Award, Best Teaching Simulation Competition, 2007

     

    Collaborative Solutions to Transportation, Land Use and Community Design Issues: The City of Chance and Lucky Highway 13

    In this simulation, local government officials, highway officials, business representatives, and community protection advocates are asked to develop a consensus design plan, with the intent of satisfying as many interests as possible. AUTHOR: Jeff Loux, University of California, Davis. Honorable mention, Best Teaching Simulation Competition, 2007

     

    Collaborative Strategy for Organizational Survival

    Public managers face strategic management challenges in this case, as they attempt to “grow” a new collaborative public organization that is embedded in the federal government and focused on environmental conflict. AUTHOR: Rob Alexander, Maxwell School of Syracuse University. Honorable mention, Best Teaching Case Competition, 2007

     

    Converging!

    This simulation prompts students to work on interest-based collaborative problems in a role play that parallels the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The framework involves two disputing parties and a third-party intervener, all of whom must choose whether to fall into familiar patterns of competition and coercion, or endeavor to collaborate and achieve cooperative outcomes. AUTHORS: Noam Ebner and Yael Efron, Tachlit Mediation and Negotiation Training, Israel. Honorable mention, Best Teaching Simulation Competition, 2007

     

    Creating a Community Partnership

    For this simulation, students must craft a proposal that reflects a federal funder’s goal of using multiorganizational partnerships to address public issues at the local level. Proposals must explain how partnerships will be structured, how networks will be managed, what governance issues are likely to arise, and how success will be measured. AUTHORS: Keith Provan and Brint Milward, University of Arizona. Honorable mention, Best Teaching Simulation Competition, 2007

     

    Cross-sector Collaboration and Urban Revitalization in Buffalo, NY

    Economic downturn has resulted in the under-utilization of Buffalo’s urban neighborhoods, such as its downtown and the post-industrial waterfront of the Erie Canal Harbor.  Policymakers must find ways to revive these areas, both by stimulating economic development and by creating vibrant live-work communities to attract new residents. AUTHORS: Madeleine R. Hamlin and Jesse Lecy, Syracuse University Maxwell School.  Honorable Mention, Best Teaching Case Competition, 2017 

     

    Developing a Young Professionals Network for the Arts

    A local government arts and culture agency facing budget cuts must promote existing programs while developing new programming through new networks. In this simulation, students learn an 8-step process for creating a new network from the ground up, from identifying needs to selecting a management structure. AUTHORS: Thomas A. Bryer and Kristin N. Stewart, University of Central Florida. Honorable mention, Best Teaching Simulation Competition, 2008

     

    Elusive Community in South Park

    This case focuses on concepts that public officials and non-governmental professionals must understand in order to represent their organization and offer services effectively. “Inclusion” skills enable public managers to cultivate public participation in fractious communities, where traditional methods of citizen involvement such as public notices and hearings may be ineffective. AUTHOR: Denise Rodriguez, University of Washington. Honorable mention, Best Teaching Case Competition, 2008

     

    Emergency Management and Homeland Security: Interagency Collaboration - Emergency!

    Public officials engage in a six-party negotiation to develop a plan to use federal funds for emergency preparedness, agree on an on-going relationship, and develop a press strategy. This role-play simulation works best for participants who have experience with interest-based negotiation. AUTHORS: David E. Booher and Adam Sutkus, Center for Collaborative Policy, California State University Sacramento. Honorable mention, Best Teaching Simulation Competition, 2008
     

    Exercise in Environmental Collaborative Planning

    This simulation provides students with the experience of working in a contentious, collaborative environment to create a site development plan for property in a river flood plain. AUTHOR: Mike George, University of Nebraska. Honorable mention, Best Teaching Simulation Competition, 2011 
     

    FlashPoint: Syria, 2014 –– An International Conflict Management Simulation

    This simulation game is constructed as a teaching tool for the topics of conflict analysis and resolution, collaboration, negotiation, mediation and public international law. Set against the background of the ongoing crisis in Syria, it offers students the sense of applying their analysis and skills to real-world problems; it can be updated to reflect the realities in the region as these develop and change. AUTHORS: Noam Ebner, Creighton Univ. Law School; Yael Efron, Zefat College School of Law; Nellie Munin, Zefat Academic College. First Place Award, Best Teaching Simulation Competition, 2014

     

    Gray Wolf: Fairness and Justice in Collaborative Governance

    This simulated negotiation, based on the establishment of a wolf-hunting season in Minnesota in 2012, is meant to portray a realistic collaborative effort to manage wolf populations as management of the species shifts to state control following its removal from the federal Endangered Species List. The stakeholders represent diametrically opposing views; however, there is room in the issues and options agreed upon to find a distributively fair and procedurally just solution for all members. AUTHORS: Lauren Elizabeth Colwell and Steve Smutko, Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources, University of Wyoming. First place, Best Teaching Simulation Competition, 2013
     

    Inclusive Management: Planning 'Green Grand Rapids'

    As public managers collaborate with the public on a major city-wide environmental initiative, this case engages students in the process of decision-making and distribution of resources for a system of parks and recreation facilities. AUTHORS: Kathryn S. Quick and Martha S. Feldman, University of California, Irvine. Honorable mention, Best Teaching Case Competition, 2007

     

    Joint Action Plan- Negotiations on the Iran Nuclear Deal

    This negotiation simulation is based on the negotiations held in 2014-15 between selected stakeholders in the international community and Iran to limit its nuclear program in return for the lifting of international sanctions. It also addresses the role of culture in negotiations. AUTHORS: Anil Raman, an officer in the Indian Army, is currently a graduate student in the Global & Area Studies Department at the University of Wyoming and Steven Smutko, who prepared the training note,  Spicer Chair of Collaborative Practice in the Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources at the University of Wyoming.  Honorable mention in Best Teaching Simulation Competition 2016.
     

    Kujichagulia: Actively Building a Public-Nonprofit Community Partnership

    How does a government organization engage a cultural community to reform service delivery for disadvantaged citizens? This case demonstrates how giving a cultural community an active role in addressing their problems requires a fundamental shift in the way government does business. It also provides a glimpse into the challenges of collaborative management in two organizations with dramatically different goals and methods of going about their work. AUTHORS: Catherine Eichers Penkert, Nicholas Dobbins, and Jodi Sandfort, University of Minnesota. First Place, Best Teaching Case Competition, 2008

     

    Learning about Individual Collaborative Strengths: A LEGO Scrum Simulation

    Growing research on individual collaborative strengths emphasizes the need to reconsider traditional approaches to development. This simulation is an experiential learning opportunity that designed to help students understand their strengths and the ways in which individual collaboration styles impact group processes and outcomes. AUTHORS: Heather Getha-Taylor and Alexey Krivitsky, School of Public Affairs and Administration, University of Kansas. First place, Best Teaching Simulation Competition, 2013
     

    Little Golano

    Designed for dedicated and committed participants, the Little Golano simulation engrosses students in an environment that engenders in-depth understanding of the complexities of managing international conflict, and advanced skill-building in conflict resolution, negotiation and mediation. AUTHORS: Noam Ebner, Werner Institute of Creighton University, and Yael Efron, Zefat Academic College - School of Law, Hebrew University. First Place Award, Best Teaching Simulation Competition, 2011
     

    Mapping Network Structure in Complex Community Collaboratives

    Public and not-for-profit managers increasingly require tools for managing collaborative processes. This simulation develops students’ ability to visualize and map a network of relationships, which can aid in identifying missing actors, weak or redundant points in a network, and strengths of the network structure. AUTHORS: Mark Davis and Danielle Varda, University of Colorado. Honorable mention, Best Teaching Simulation Competition, 2011
     

    Model EU-European Council-European Agenda on Migration Simulation

    The European Agenda on Migration focuses on the issue of migration to the EU in the midst of an ongoing humanitarian crisis. It is a teaching-tool for undergraduate and graduate courses on such topics as European Union studies, international organizations, international relations, conflict analysis and resolution, negotiation, mediation, and international law. It can also for preparing for or conducting Model European conferences. AUTHORS: Noam Ebner, Professor, Negotiation and Conflict Resolution (NCR) Program, Department of Interdisciplinary Studies, Creighton University; Alexandru Balas, Director, Clark Center for Global Engagement and Assistant Professor of International Studies, SUNY Cortland; Andreas Kotelis, Visiting Instructor at SUNY-Cortland; and the EU Delegation to the U.S.  First Place Award, Best Teaching Simulation Competition, 2018. 
     

    Oltre La Norma! Collaborating for the Reconstruction of Teatro Petruzzelli in Bari

    When the Petruzzelli Theatre in Bari, Italy, was destroyed by arson in 1991, people in the public and private sectors, representing profit and nonprofit organizations at the local and national level, took part in the public debate on about next steps and possible ways of funding the rebuilding of the theater. This case helps students explore the methods used for the construction of collaborative processes or governance and to discuss the skills of the manager in the public sector who will manage the network of people involved. AUTHORS: Ornella Larenza, Alex Turrini, and Greta Nasi, SDA Bocconi School of Management, Bocconi University. Honorable mention, Best Teaching Case Competition, 2013
     

    Pablo-Burford Sustainable Water Quality Network

    This simulation focuses on two countries that face a water crisis and must work together to protect their shared underground aquifers. The existing international agreements do not provide the means to resolve the numerous disputes. Therefore community groups organize a meeting of network members called ''the Summit," the purpose of which is to reach agreement amongst primary stakeholders on the major issues surrounding groundwater quality and availability.  AUTHORS: Adapted by Rosemary O'Leary and Rob Alexander (2011) with permission from the Sustainability Challenge Foundation.
     

    Place to Call Home: Addressing Dublin’s Homelessness

    As services for the homeless evolved in Dublin, Ireland, from 1990 to 2010, complex policy and organizational issues arose. Provision of services by a number of voluntary, nonprofit organizations, as well as state agencies, resulted in an uncoordinated and uneven response. This case challenges students to assess what options are open to policy makers, government agencies and service organizations as they strive to meet the objective of ending homelessness. AUTHORS: Mary-Lee Rhodes and Gemma Donnelly Cox, Trinity College Dublin, and Ann Torres, National University of Ireland, Galway. First Place Award, Best Teaching Case Competition, 2013
     

    Restoration of the Wic Wac Valley

    This collaborative problem solving simulation addresses perceived environmental and economic issues related to decommissioning a dam and land use conflicts. Students are able to practice both interest-based negotiation, facilitation, and conflict resolution in a complex policy setting. AUTHOR: Jeff Loux, University of California, Davis. Honorable mention, Best Teaching Simulation Competition, 2007

     

    Simple Network Collaborative Process

    Government increasingly relies on networks of providers to deliver goods and services, involving multiple, autonomous organizations working together toward a goal. This simulation, meant for management courses that cover interorganizational collaboration, allows students to experience and discuss the rewards and challenges of a collaborative network process. AUTHOR: Julia Carboni, School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Indiana University. Honorable mention, Best Teaching Simulation Competition, 2013
     

    Strategic Network Management in a Community Collaborative

    Network Theory and Social Network Analysis (SNA) are applied in this simulation to examine the organizational networks in public health partnerships. The exercise includes a brief overview of SNA, allowing students to become familiar with the concept and language. AUTHOR: Danielle M. Varda, University of Colorado- Denver. First Place Award, Best Teaching Simulation Competition, 2008
     

    The Whittier Sewer Project Case

    A county government, regional water authority, sovereign Indian tribe, and church come together to develop a sewer facility. While the initial success solved an immediate problem, longer-term implementation faces significant obstacles, demonstrating how challenging collaboration is beyond initial agreement. AUTHORS: Ricardo A. Morse and John B. Stephens, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Honorable mention, Best Teaching Case Competition, 2017
     

    Tobacco Settlement Distribution Simulation

    After a state receives a $2.5 billion tobacco settlement, public officials must negotiate over how the funds will be allocated. This simulation asks students to operate in a network of public organizations, concerned taxpayers, policy advocates, and elected officials as they balance advocacy and inquiry and work toward both common and diverse goals. AUTHORS: Linda Blessing and Bette F. DeGraw, Arizona State University. Honorable mention, Best Teaching Simulation Competition, 2007

     

    Ukraine in Conflict

    Ukraine in Conflict is a negotiation simulation based on the events following the Ukrainian revolution of December 2013.  This simulation can be used to teach negotiation, mediation, conflict resolution, and international conflict. Based on events occurring in Ukraine in 2014, the simulation allows for a realistic situation with very possible roles and outcomes.  AUTHORS: Zachary Barr, and Steven Smutko, University of Wyoming. Honorable Mention, Best Teaching Simulation Competition, 2015.
     

    When a Highway Divides a City: Improving Decision Making in Syracuse, New York

    This case centers on Syracuse, New York, which is polarized over a critical transportation infrastructure question. Interstate 81, running through the heart of downtown, is rapidly deteriorating, and deciding what to do about the aging Interstate is a vexing problem that challenges lawmakers, planning officials, and citizens to make many decisions affecting their community. AUTHOR: Jack Becker, Maxwell School, Syracuse University. Second Place Award, Best Teaching Case Competition, 2014