This case describes the roles and views represent the people who own forest land in the Northern Forest. The Northern Forest (A) – (E) for series focuses students on the boom and bust behavior in the Northern Forest sawmill industry. Actors from landowners sawmill owners to government officials to environmentalists all wanted to ensure that the overall demand for lumber, sawmill down as capacity, not the speed at which the trees grew. They did not … Read more »

This case describes the roles and views represent the people who own forest land in the Northern Forest. The Northern Forest (A) – (E) for series focuses students on the boom and bust behavior in the Northern Forest sawmill industry. Actors from landowners sawmill owners to government officials to environmentalists all wanted to ensure that the overall demand for lumber, sawmill down as capacity, not the speed at which the trees grew. They did not demand sawmill “overshooting” of the productive capacity of the resource forest, a classic problem in renewable resource economies that the region about a century had experienced before. Students are asked to use systems thinking skills (analysis reference modes of behavior, causal loop mapping and stock-flow mapping) when preparing their causal hypotheses of the underlying systems structure. The students are asked to design system structural policies that will help both the industry and the natural resources of the region.
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Robert D. Landel,
Andrew Jones
Source: Darden School of Business
2 pages.
Release Date: 08 April 2004. Prod #: UV3537-PDF-ENG
Northern Forest (D): The Forest Owner Association Views HBR case solution

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