The A case (UVA-OB-0702) describes the career of Fairfax County (Virginia) Executive Robert O’Neill, who runs one of the highest-per-capita-income counties in the United States. The case discusses the events leading up to his hiring by Fairfax County, his experience as County Executive, and the situation at the end of the case, including the results of his efforts, the political environment, and a job offer. Students gain insight into the complex aspects of county government, including financial, legal, political, public relations, and strategic business management, as well as into O’Neill’s leadership strategy. The B case describes his decision and rationale and a few subsequent events in the county.
Darden Business Publishing – University of Virginia