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Goals For Dallas (A): Setting the Scene

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    Abstract:
    This series of cases focuses on three related phenomena: "Goals for Dallas," a program that engaged a cross-section of Dallas leadership in assessing the state of the city and establishing goals for the community; Erik Jonsson, a founder and chief executive officer of Texas Instruments, mayor of Dallas from 1964-1971, and the moving force in the Goals for Dallas program at that period; and the city of Dallas itself. Part A focuses on Erik Jonsson and the critical problems confronting him as he took office as mayor of Dallas in 1964. Part B provides background notes on three subjects related to the problems Jonsson faced and his solutions to them: Dallas, Texas Instruments, and the American Assembly (an organization established by President Eisenhower, and a model for Jonsson's program). Part C describes the outcome: Goals for Dallas. It sketches the program's rationale, objectives, and process, and presents participants' views on the program's impact.

    Learning Objective:
    This case is designed to foster discussion of three central issues: the appropriateness and applicability of organized broad-based efforts to set goals and solve problems in US cities and towns; the impact-and importance-of leadership in urban settings; and the "standards" of urban achievement. When is a city "successful?" What factors make it so?

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    Publication Date: January 01, 1985
    HKS Case Number: 635.0
    Case Author: John Kellogg, Paul Zigman
    Faculty Lead: Graham Allison
    Pages (incl. exhibits): 17
    Setting: United States
    Language: English
    _year: Older than 2000
    _pages: 16-25
    _geography: US & Canada
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