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Learning from the CPKN Business Case

CPKN is now featured as a case study at the Richard Ivey School of Business (Ivey) at the University of Western Ontario. A recent review of the CPKN model has been published by Ivey and is now available for use in business programs in universities across Canada and around the globe.

e-Learning has long been accepted as a disruptive innovation to traditional learning models. For nearly a decade, CPKN and the Canadian police community have been revealing and resolving the challenges associated with the introduction of technology-enhanced learning. In that time, there have been many lessons learned. Others are now learning from that real world experience.

Written by Andrew MacVane, a student at the University of PEI’s School of Business, the CPKN case study explores the challenges of developing new products, new services, and new forms of delivery within a not-for-profit setting. More specifically it focuses on the issues of pedagogical principles and innovative teaching tools to create an engaging and effective learning environment.

As an Ivey case study, the CPKN business case will be used as a teaching tool in undergraduate and graduate courses in entrepreneurship, strategy, and not-for-profit management. Using this case, students will be challenged to balance organizational mandate with a sustainable business model. They will also explore how the not-for-profit model, while being an important element of organizational identity, has potential to limit lucrative opportunities within the marketplace.

Prior to being published at Ivey, this case study was presented as part of the UPEI MBA program as well as an Atlantic region case competition. It was written under the supervision of professors Stewart Thornhill (Ivey), Edward Gamble (University of PEI), and Peter Moroz (University of Regina).

To purchase a full copy of the case, please visit the Ivey Publishing website at www.iveycases.com/ProductView.aspx?id=54332 .