ANZSOG has opened the John L. Alford Case Library, one of the world’s largest collections of public sector teaching cases, to the public to ensure this valuable teaching resource can benefit as many people as possible.
The Case Library contains almost 200 detailed public sector management cases from Australia and New Zealand, with around 43% of the cases focusing on New Zealand topics and 47% on Australian topics. Previously a membership-based collection, from Monday 2 October its content is freely available to anyone under creative commons license without the need to log-in. The only exception are teaching notes, which instructors can access by contacting the case program directly.
ANZSOG’s Case Program Director, Associate Professor Michael Di Francesco, said that the Case Library was a unique, internationally-recognised resource for teachers and students of public sector management.
“This initiative to open up the library is part of ANZSOG’s mission to enhance the quality of public sector leadership in Australia and New Zealand,” Associate Professor Di Francesco said.
“The John L. Alford Case Library is now one of the great online case collections in the world and we want to make it available to everyone who could benefit from it.”
The Case Library was created in 2004 as a resource for teachers, which would remedy the lack of senior teaching cases relevant to Australia and New Zealand. It offers users a regularly updated collection of cases, which are both a resource for instructors using interactive case-based teaching approaches, and for practitioners and researchers seeking authoritative accounts of important public policy and management issues. Each case is thoroughly researched and peer reviewed.
The most recent addition, published in late September, is an analysis of the Australian Government’s 2009 Home Insulation Program, which examines the rushed roll-out of the program and consequent problems from the perspective of public managers in the Departments of Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts (DEWHA), and Prime Minister and Cabinet (PM&C).
Associate Professor Di Francesco said that ANZSOG would continue to research and publish new cases to ensure the library reflects current practice in, and policy issues facing, the public sector.
The Case Library is essential to the ANZSOG philosophy of interactive teaching, which uses real examples to engage participants in active discussion and illustrate key concepts and practices in public policy and management.
It is named after its founder, Professor John Alford, who was co-director of the Case Library from 2004 until 2014, and a pioneer in the application of case teaching methods in Australia.