This Featured Collection was authored and prepared by Dr. Maureen Scully, Assistant Professor of Management at UMass Boston's College of Management and Consultant to the Aspen Institute Center for Business Education (CBE), Janice Goldman, Research Associate of and Consultant to Aspen CBE, and Alexander Roberts, Program Manager of Aspen CBE.
In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the media was suddenly broaching topics such as race inequality and environmental planning that receive little attention in the national discourse. CasePlace.org released a Featured Collection that covered a variety of topics that could be raised in business school classrooms (ranging from how to detect windfall profits to the history of racialized images in the media to budget tradeoffs in the face of warnings about environmental disaster). A year later, the same issues are relevant, but have they lost urgency? From securing levees to securing livelihoods, these topics remain important for future business leaders.
In this collection, we introduce four ways in which business schools have provided hands-on help in rebuilding New Orleans and harvested important insights from the Katrina experience (new teaching cases, research with a call to action, a website that tracks and guides rebuilding, and a multi-disciplinary service-learning project). We invite you to Contact Us with examples from your own business school experience, so we can expand this Teaching Module and share our ideas with one another about what worked (and what did not) in drawing lessons from Katrina.
Two cases written by faculty members at the Darden School have been taught in courses on leadership and on global economies. Business schools can also learn from efforts at schools of engineering, urban planning, or public policy. At Dartmouth, the innovative "Mosaic Project" is centered on an interactive website that invites engineering managers to contribute solutions and updates for the ongoing rebuilding effort. The article on "rebuilding places and lives" provides conceptual grounding for service-learning projects and class discussions. At Bentley College in the Boston area, a service-learning project helped a rural health clinic in southern Alabama develop the operational infrastructure it needed to sustain its service delivery. The project integrated a wide range of courses, including database management, environmental science, cyberlaw, and media and politics.
Author(s): Li, Wei; Rodrigeuz, Peter L.
Product Type: Cases
On August 25, 2005, Hurricane Katrina blasted New Orleans, Louisiana, and the surrounding coastal areas in the Gulf of Mexico. Barely a month later, a second storm, Hurricane Rita, swept through the Gulf region to make landfall between Sabine Pass, Texas, and Johnson's Bayou, Louisiana. Speculation over their likely impact on the world energy markets and the U.S. economy began as soon as the hurricanes were forecast to strike the oil-rich Gulf region. This case documents the paths of the storms and provides a summary of the Congressional Budget Office's estimates of the storms' impact on the U.S. economy...
Author(s): Yemen, Gerry; James, Erika H.
Product Type: Cases
Crisis as a source of opportunity and change? How does that happen? This case describes the difficult situation the new dean of the A.B. Freeman School of Business at Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana faced after Hurricane Katrina hit the city in the late summer of 2005...
Author(s): Elstrott, John
Product Type: Syllabi
The overall objective is to learn how to recover from a widespread urban disaster from a government, community, business and personal perspective. Specifically the course will endeavor to strengthen student's skills in the following areas
Author(s): Bentley College
Product Type: Notes
The Hurricane Katrina Service-Learning Project was developed by the Bentley Service-Learning Center in November and December 2005 in response to the devastating impact of the hurricane on the Bayou La Batre Rural Health Clinic in southern Alabama. The project used an integrated, team-based approach to rebuild and improve the business processes of the Clinic...
Author(s): Briggs, Xavier de Sousa
Product Type: Essays and Concept Papers
In this article, the author briefly outlines this context and develops two arguments about rebuilding: First, that debates about returning versus relocating families, including the poor, should be grounded in the realities of the city's housing and labor markets and reflect informed choices, not anecdotes, about the preferences of the displaced; and second, that we should not rely on simplistic images of "community lost" to understand what the displaced stand to lose or gain by either moving back or moving on...