Sunland Landscaping

By David Dodson
2023 | Case No. E871 | Length 3 pgs.
This case explores the challenges faced by Nick Portal after acquiring Sunland Landscaping, an Austin-based company providing landscaping services to properties managed by homeowner associations. The narrative takes a dramatic turn when a field supervisor is involved in a severe accident while driving a company vehicle, raising concerns about insurance coverage, workers’ compensation, and potential legal liabilities.

Learning Objective

This case challenges students to consider a business leader’s responsibilities in managing operational risks, ensuring employee safety, and navigating financial constraints. Students will learn to evaluate the importance of proactive risk management, effective communication with stakeholders, and leveraging board expertise during a crisis. Additionally, the case prompts students to role-play responses to unexpected incidents, emphasizing the need for strategic thinking and decision-making under pressure.
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