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Musical Chairs: Rostering Break of Reality


This case examines the unique personnel system developed and utilized by Break of Reality, a cross-genre chamber quartet. The group’s two co-founders are core members of the organization while the other two seats rotate among seven independent contractors. The advantages and drawbacks of this roster system form the substance of the case. The reader is tasked with drafting a recommendation that evaluates not only the current model for hiring ensembles members but also the organization structure of Break of Reality.

Author: Blaire K.S. Koerner
Published: Volume 3, Summer 2017
Details: PDF Download –  7 pages
ISSN: 2475-4994


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Case Study Methodology

Eastman Case Studies for classroom use have three key attributes:

1. They offer an issue encountered by management in music administration, which demands a resolution or action.

2. They put the student into the business situation, creating an immersive experience that will sharpen student judgement and acumen for similar circumstances.

3. They are presented as chronologically compact scenarios, keeping to facts that bear on the case, and minimizing long histories and extraneous stories about musical arts organizations. The cases shine a light onto particular business problems and are packaged concisely for student learning.