Case Studies in Public Management and Administration

James C. Simeon     

Captus Press, ISBN 978-1-55322-196-8 (2009)
214 pages, 390 g, 7 X 10, $31.50 (US$25.20)

An ideal resource for courses in public policy, management and administration, Case Studies in Public Management and Administration is a collection of 30 original cases designed to enable the reader to gain valuable "learning experience" by tackling the many issues and concerns that public sector managers and administrators, at all levels, often confront within the workplace.

This book includes a theoretical and conceptual discussion of the case study method, that evidence has shown, has helped to develop and sharpen the reader's analytical, problem-solving and decision-making skills and abilities, frequently termed "effective thinking." Case Studies in Public Management and Administration places the reader in highly challenging problem-solving and decision-making situations that require devising optimal, yet practical and implementable solutions, that are in the public interest.

An ideal principal, complementary or supplementary text for courses in the social sciences and in professional studies such as administrative studies, administrative law, human resources management, public management, public administration, and political science.

Custom eBook available for course adoptions! Pricing: $4.00 + $1.50 per case.

Table of Contents   top





·    A Person of Influence

·    Ambushed

·    Copy Cat

·    Crossing the Picket Line

·    Early Retirement

·    Negotiating Annual Budget Targets

·    Restructuring the Regional Office

·    Running for Cover

·    Superior Subordinate 

·    The Distasteful Salary Negotiations

·    The Fluid Management Committee

·    The Forgotten Incident

·    The “Grifter”

·    The Interview

·    The Messy Office

·    The Meticulous Chairperson

·    The Offensive Comment

·    The Sharp Manager

·    The Thoughtful Gift

·    The Unacceptable Performance Appraisal

·    The Underachiever

·    The Unproductive Team

·    The Unreliable Executive

·    Troublemaker

·    The Part-Time Employee

·    The Arrogant Manager

·    Meeting Weekly Production Targets

·    The New Computer Software Purchase

·    Filing a Complaint with the Law Society of Upper Canada

·    Reply to All


Instructor Resources   top

A comprehensive instructor's manual is provided to all those who adopt the book for their courses that includes: an introduction that explains how to use these case studies in your teaching, individual case summaries, learning objectives, relevant debates and discussion points for each case study, and the answer key for all the case study questions. An extra 5 cases are included to offer even more variety in the types of case studies that can be assigned to students:

  • 2 advanced case studies and solutions dealing with difficult and challenging topics.
  • 3 extra case studies and accompanying solutions written for examinations.

The Instructors Resources includes the following:
Matrix of Case Studies by Topic
Instructors Manual
Test Case Studies
Advanced Case Studies

The online Instructor's Manual, combined with the Case Studies in Public Management and Administration text, provides an effective integrated teaching and learning system for all instructors who adopt the book for their courses.

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About the Author   top

James C. Simeon is the Acting Director, Centre for Refugee Studies (CRS), and an Associate Professor in the School of Public Policy and Administration (SPPA), Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies, at York University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Immediately before joining the faculty at York University, Professor Simeon served as the first Executive Director of the International Association of Refugee Law Judges (IARLJ).  He is also one of the founding members of the IARLJ America Chapter and was the first Rapporteur of the IARLJ's Human Rights Nexus Working Party. He is currently an Associate Member of the IARLJ and the Coordinator of its Inter-Conference Working Party Process. Between September 1994 and October 2005, he served on the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada (IRB) as a Member and Coordinating Member. During his years with the IRB, he sat on a number of high profile cases, including, Pushpanathan, an exclusion case under Article 1F of the 1951 Convention that had been argued at the Supreme Court of Canada. He has also worked in other capacities for the Canadian Government as well as the Ontario Government.  His extensive experience in the public service, combined with his university teaching and research, furnishes him with a unique perspective on public policy, management, and administration.