Society for Case Research
2021 Annual Meeting – Palmer House - Chicago
March 24-26, 2021
Call for Papers, Cases, Critical Incidents, Panel Topics, and Embryo Cases
Submission Deadline: October 26, 2020
The annual Society for Case Research (SCR) conference is a great opportunity for novice and experienced case writers to present cases, critical incidents, papers, and panels, and exchange ideas about case research. It is held in conjunction with the MBAA International conference. (This year SCR and MBAA will be offering on-site as well as virtual attendance options; see the Call for Papers from MBAA International for more details). The meeting provides a friendly, supportive atmosphere where the focus is not only on improving your work for possible publication, but also on developing ideas to enhance learning experiences for students.
If you are new to the SCR or case writing, this is a chance to enjoy a collegial atmosphere with a great group of case writers and researchers. Founded in 1978, the Society for Case Research (www.SFCR.org) facilitates the exchange of ideas leading to the improvement of case research, writing, and teaching; assists in the publication of written cases or case research and other scholarly work; and provides recognition for excellence in case research, writing and teaching. It publishes three scholarly journals, the Business Case Journal (BCJ), Journal of Case Studies (JCS), and the Journal of Critical Incidents (JCI).
SCR also hosts a Summer Case Writer’s Workshop alongside the Global Jesuit Case Series (GJCS) and collaborates with it to publish a special issue of the Journal of Case Studies focusing on the values of social justice, human dignity, moral leadership, ethics, corporate social responsibility or sustainability.
SCR is one of eleven autonomous associations that meet each spring in Chicago for an annual conference coordinated by MBAA International. Attendees may submit papers to multiple associations meeting at the conference (see MBAAInternational.org).
For the 2021 annual conference, SCR invites the following types of submissions:
Papers that are conceptual or empirical and address topics related to case research, case writing, or case teaching.
Panel Topics may be proposed relating to any aspect of case research, case writing, or case teaching. Proposals should include the names, affiliations and addresses of all participants and a detailed description of the topic of discussion and its relevance to conference attendees.
Case Studies consist of either descriptive- or decision-based cases and fully developed teaching notes. SCR invites cases on a wide variety of administrative activities and organization contexts. A case presents an account of a real situation, real organizations, and real people and may ask students to analyze the situation, evaluate the actions, and make recommendations based on their application of course concepts and theories. Cases are based on substantial primary field research or secondary sources.
Critical Incidents are similar to cases but provide less information upon which to base an analysis, and instead briefly describe (3 page limit) a provocative situation upon which the student brings his background and knowledge to arrive at a course of action. Like case studies, critical incidents must detail a real situation in a real organization and can be based on either fieldwork or secondary source research. Conference submissions intended for the Journal of Critical Incidents (JCI) must be 3 pages or less (plus teaching note) and comply with SCR manuscript guidelines. Critical incidents focus on essential details of a situation and are often decision focused. Descriptive critical incidents are possible but must have questions in the teaching note that extract valuable lessons and connections to theory. Also, JCI accepts quantitatively oriented incidents, but these must have questions that include an element of judgment with room for class discussion.
Embryo Cases consist of ideas, basic outlines, or initial rough drafts of cases from participants who would like to receive constructive feedback and suggestions from experienced case writers on how to turn these ideas into publishable cases. At a minimum, submissions should include an outline of the case situation and brief descriptions of how the author envisions using the case in class and what students will learn.