5am, Wednesday 23 February 2011: Canterbury District Health Board (CDHB) Chief Executive David Meates is standing in the car park outside Christchurch Hospital, a temporary triage site for the hundreds of people injured in the powerful earthquake that hit the city at 12.51 pm the day before. The death toll is steadily rising as recovery efforts continue. The hospital is a scene of purpose and activity in a setting of devastation. All buildings are still standing but all have sustained some degree of damage; 360 patients have been evacuated. Water and power have been cut off and the main service tunnel cannot function. Every aftershock (and there are many) heightens the sense of urgency and uncertainty and renews the need to assess the safety of services and buildings; every minute brings reports of new problems. ‘How can you be so calm?’ a colleague asks David Meates. He doesn’t hesitate: ‘We’ve been talking about this for years’. In 50 seconds, the earthquake has fast-forwarded Canterbury’s health system into its year 2020 scenario of constrained resources.

From Fast forward to a sustainable future for the Canterbury Health System 2015-164.1

Was the Chief Executive’s confidence assuring leadership, or audacity in crisis?
How did he respond to the systemic problems he found at the hospital when he first arrived in 2009?
In what ways, big and small, did innovation transform the hospital, and make it ready for the emergency?
What was it about his leadership style that encouraged experimentation and collaboration?
What did the Chief Executive do next? 

This is one example of how ANZSOG cases put you in the room with decision-makers facing real public sector dilemmas.

The John L. Alford Case Library brings together carefully constructed ‘stories’ about public sector challenges, dilemmas, successes and failures.

All the cases are real, and every one of them enables you to ‘stand in the shoes’ of the decision-makers at their centre.

When used in executive and graduate classrooms to stimulate discussion and sharpen analysis, ANZSOG cases inspire students to apply their own experience and to give practical shape to key conceptual frameworks, and policy and management tools.

Created in 2004 to remedy the lack of public sector teaching cases relevant to Australia and New Zealand, the library is now the third-largest collection of public policy and management cases in the world, with nearly 200 cases covering a wide range of topics from all levels of government.

It offers users a regularly updated collection of catalogued cases, and is designed as a resource for both instructors using interactive teaching approaches, and for practitioners and researchers seeking authoritative accounts and analyses of important public policy and management issues. Each peer-reviewed case is expertly researched, and written lucidly in ANZSOG’s signature style. Many are accompanied by dedicated teaching notes and exhibits.

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The ANZSOG Case Program

The ANZSOG Case Program researches and produces public sector teaching cases for, and curates, the John L. Alford Case Library, and contributes to the development of resources to support interactive teaching and learning in public policy and management.

ANZSOG Case Program people:

Michael Di Francesco, Associate Professor in Public Sector Management and Case Program Director, ANZSOG Sydney

Marinella Padula, Research Fellow, ANZSOG Melbourne

Margot Schwass, Case Writer and Researcher, ANZSOG Wellington

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Cases

Reading the fine print: contract governance in the privatised Victorian Prison Sector 2016-184.1

Version Date : 11-11-2016
Published Date: 11 November 2016
Since the early 1990s the Australian State of Victoria has been a pacesetter in the privatisation of prison facilities, especially the use of public p...

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Canterbury Water Management Strategy, The: 'Smart management' of collaborative processes (A) 2016-186.1

Version Date : 19-10-2016
Published Date: 27 October 2016
As the allocation and use of fresh water in New Zealand's key agricultural region of Canterbury became increasingly contentious, the government in 201...

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Delivering services in limbo: Asylum seeker reception in the Netherlands 2016-174.1

Version Date : 14-10-2016
Published Date: 14 October 2016
In Utrecht, the fourth largest city in the Netherlands, Jan Braat's job was hard and getting harder. A veteran local government policy advisor, Braat ...

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From emergency to urgency: the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (A) 2016-189.1

Version Date : 05-09-2016
Published Date: 18 August 2016
Following the destructive earthquake in Christchurch in February 2011, the New Zealand Government set up a time-limited, locally based government depa...