Teaching Case - David Ellwood's First Senior Staff Meeting

David Ellwood's First Senior Staff Meeting


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    This case describes a typical challenge faced by a sub-cabinet official. New to office, David Ellwood is advised by his (highly competent and professional) staff that he should oppose--at his very first senior staff meeting after being confirmed by the Senate, where he is to be introduced to his new colleagues--a new program initiative that he knows is a favorite of the First Lady. Working at the interface between the political levels above (of which he is a part) and the professional staff levels below (of which he is also a part), Ellwood must decide whether the staff concerns are sufficiently serious--and accurate--to justify the obviously risky path of trying to derail or divert the program that is coming at him with strong political backing.

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    Publication Date: February 09, 2003
    HKS Case Number: 1719.0
    Case Author: Herman "Dutch" Leonard
    Faculty Lead: Herman "Dutch" Leonard
    Pages (incl. exhibits): 4
    Setting: United States
    Language: English
    _year: 2000-2009
    _pages: 1-15
    _geography: US & Canada
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