Organization Management Journal


This teaching note is an accompaniment to the case “James Michaels (A) and (B).” It is designed specifically for management educators to use as a guide when assigning the aforementioned case for written analyses and class discussion. In addition to a detailed synopsis and a revealing epilogue, specific teaching strategies based on the problem-based learning (PBL) method are presented. The case itself provides students a unique situation, yet one that is applicable to all types of organizational contexts. With this teaching note, management educators can further enhance their students’ learning and appreciation for the topics of employment law, homophobic harassment, organizational justice, power dynamics, or political behavior, among others. The versatility of this case invites the exploration of other applicable topics in human resource management, organizational behavior, and leadership that may emerge from student inquiry and problem solving.