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Harvard Business School Publishes Case Study on Youth Villages in North Carolina
Date:4/15/2009

izations." The course teaches what it takes to be an organization that does innovative and highly effective work and explores various challenges those organizations encounter. HBS cases serve as a springboard for class discussion.

Grossman was president and chief executive officer of Outward Bound USA for six years before moving on to study and address challenges in public education and the nonprofit sector.

"Youth Villages is a highly effective organization with quality leadership and a proven approach that faces a series of challenges and opportunities as it attempts to make its programs available in more states outside of Tennessee," Grossman says. "We wanted to look more closely at the challenges involved in expanding coverage while working primarily within a system of government funding."

Youth Villages Chief Executive Officer Patrick W. Lawler and Chief Operating Officer Lee Rone engaged in extensive interviews for the case study and provided research, financial data and other information. Lawler and Rone also participated in class discussions when the study first was presented to students.

"We were pleased that the Harvard Business School and Professor Grossman recognized Youth Villages and the hard work our staff has put into finding and implementing the most effective ways to make a difference in the lives of troubled children and their families," Lawler says. "We firmly believe that successful, effective nonprofit organizations have a responsibility to reach out, to expand their programs into underserved areas. Through his research and teaching, Professor Grossman is helping that cause."

Youth Villages' growth plan, created through the support of the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation, calls for the organization to help 50 percent more children and young people over the next five years and quadruple the number of youth served outside of Tennessee. As part of EMCF's
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