Peer Review
  • The issue is timely and the integrative leadership approach described is applicable to many public problems.
  • The case’s focus on addressing problems across levels of government and sectors provides learners the opportunity to problem solve around a community-wide issue.
  • Evaluation data provides students with the opportunity to measure progress against aspirations.
  • The usage note’s focus on integrative leadership will help learners apply the theory to a real-world situation.
  • The case takes place over eleven years (1999-2010) so many details of the process and changing context over time cannot be covered in the e-case.
  • The e-case is written to focus on cross-sector leadership. If the instructor wants to use it to explore network dynamics or capacity issues in the success of an initiative, they will need to provide appropriate supplemental reading.

Heading Home Hennepin

This case highlights the integrative leadership practices of several people and groups that organized the campaign to end homelessness in Hennepin County, Minnesota by 2016. Integrative leadership, as defined by Crosby and Bryson (2010) is the work of integrating people, resources, and organizations into semi- permanent arrangements that bridge multiple boundaries and achieve the common good.
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Community Comments

Jackie Aman   2012-11-29 09:32:23
Update to the Heading Home Hennepin case...their 5-year report is now complete (available here: and Minnesota Public Radio just did an interview with the Executive Director (podcase is available here: Barbara Crosby   2013-08-14 21:20:20
This case was featured in a workshop on homelessness and leadership at the Academy of Management annual conference, August 8-9, 2013, in Orlando, FL. The workshop brought scholars and practitioners together to generate ideas for combating homelessness in Central Florida. Mary Maronde   2013-11-13 17:22:21
The Hubert Project received the following comment regarding the Heading Home Hennepin e-case from Dr. John Bryson, University of Minnesota: "Students engaged with this e-case in a way that was different and more lively than with a more traditional text-based case. The class discussion about what should be done next to end homelessness was thoughtful, passionate, and educational in a way quite gratifying to me as a teacher." --comment posted with Dr. Bryson's permission