Teaching Case - Burning Down the House: The Sherwin-Williams Warehouse Fire of 1987 (Sequel)

Burning Down the House: The Sherwin-Williams Warehouse Fire of 1987 (Sequel)


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  • Product Description

    This case tells the dramatic story of the most spectacular fire to strike Dayton, Ohio in many years--and the decision of the city's fire chief not to put it out. This is a decision-forcing case which asks readers to consider the dilemma of Chief Glenn Alexander, who must choose between letting a huge warehouse burn--contrary to standard operating procedures and to public expectations of firefighters--or risk contaminating Dayton ground water with the toxic run-off likely to result from dowsing the flames.

    Learning Objective:
    This is a classic leadership case designed to force students to infer the options available to Chief Alexander and to come to grips with the costs and benefits, both symbolic and actual, of each.

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    Publication Date: January 01, 1991
    HKS Case Number: 1087.1
    Case Author: Esther Scott
    Faculty Lead: Marc Roberts
    Pages (incl. exhibits): 4
    Setting: United States
    Language: English
    _year: Older than 2000
    _pages: 1-15
    _geography: US & Canada
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