International Food and Agribusiness Management Association



Miami, Florida, USA | June 18 – 21, 2017

The International Food and Agribusiness Management Association will continue to provide a showcase for teaching cases in 2017. The Symposium will feature up to four teaching cases that are designed for classroom use. We invite the submission of teaching case study proposals for participation in the 27th Annual World Symposium to be held in Miami, Florida-USA on June 18-21, 2017.  

The Case Conference portion of the Symposium is directed at a broad audience of professionals who are interested in developing effective agribusiness cases and using them as learning tools, as well as for those interested in specific case topics being discussed.

The Teaching Case Workshops are "featured cases" structured to provide constructive feedback on your case writing and discussion leadership skills. By modeling case discussions we hope to encourage others to become interested in writing cases or in using cases (and case discussions) in their classes.

Case studies may be on any topic of managerial relevance. Suggested topics areas include:

  • The Role of Technology in Food Security
  • Entrepreneurship in Agricultural Innovation
  • Food Loss & Waste
  • Climate Smart Agriculture
  • Food Security & Sustainability
  • Innovation & Sustainability in Developing & Emerging Economies
  • The Role of Big Data in Agriculture
  • Multi-Stakeholder Organizations & Wicked Problems
  • Agribusiness Education & People-Talent Development in the 21st Century
  • The Role of Social Networks in Sustainable Business
  • Innovative & Sustainable Food Logistics

 A Teaching Case:

  1. Must present a real, non-trivial, controversial topic or problem and a decision (or set of decisions) that is (are) relevant and important to agribusiness managers.
  2. Must be written from the perspective of a specified protagonist (manager / decision maker).

  3. Must include enough pertinent background information to analyze and diagnose the problem, and allow students to propose different alternatives and to choose and support one of the alternatives.

  4. The case should not include a literature review or an answer (remember that most great teaching cases do not have one right answer).

  5. A separate teaching note must accompany the case. The teaching note must include teaching objectives and an outline of a class session, including the opening question, discussion pastures, and transition questions. The teaching plan may include a literature review if desired.

 The deadline for accepting case proposals is still open. Proposals and attachments need to be in Microsoft Word format and should be submitted through the submission portal below.  Follow the simple steps to complete the process. Under step two during the submission process, the category of your submission will be Case Study Workshops.

Authors who submitted before January 21st will be notified by February 28th whether their case proposal has been accepted to present at the 2017 IFAMA World Conference. Those submitted after January 21 will be after February 28. The last day to submit a full case is March 31st.

Selection Criteria for Teaching Cases

Utilizing a 5 point system, cases are assessed as follows:

1.     Interest and relevance of the topic

2.     Quality of the document

  • Quality of writing
  • Structure of the document
  • Clarity and conciseness
  • Quality and consistency of supporting data

3.     Quality “as a case”

  • There is a concrete and non-theoretical issue (or set of issues) to be discussed
  • There is a decision (or decisions) to be made
  • There is a protagonist who faces the issue and has to make a decision or take some course of action
  • The discussion can be supported with data and info from the case
  • The problems, issues, and decisions are controversial and not trivial
  • There are clear teaching objectives, and these can be achieved with the case

4.     Quality of the teaching plan

5.     Overall assessment: the case is a quality document and would generate a good "case method" discussion

Final format required if selected  as a "featured" Teaching Case Study

Cases selected to present in the featured Showcase are given two-hour time blocks. The session is organized as follows:

  • a brief introduction by the author/case presenter;
  • time for the participants (audience) to read a section of the case (as designated by the author), a condensed version of the case (case summary), or the entire case, if it is short;
  • participants briefly discuss the case in small discussion groups;
  • a “mini discussion” (approximately 30-40 minutes) of the case (if it is short), the case summary, or one or two case sections or “discussion pastures” facilitated by the presenter; and
  • an interactive debrief of both the written materials and the case discussion.

In addition to a complete case study and teaching note, a case summary (2-3 pages) is required for the discussion as explained above. Additionally, authors selected to present in the featured showcase are asked to submit a (150 word) description of the case to be used for marketing the case to conference attendees.


The following references are suggested for presenters considering developing and submitting case studies for use in classrooms or business settings:

Lyford, C., J. Beierlein, and K. Harling. 2002. Scholarship and decision cases: pedagogy and standards for publication. International Food and Agribusiness Management Review 3: 369-379.

Harling, K, and E. Misser. 1998. Case writing: an art and a science. International Food and Agribusiness Management Review 1 (1): 119-138.

More about Harvard Style teaching cases can be found:  

For questions please contact the Case Study Chair:  email:  

Case Study Chair: R. Brent Ross


Due to some technical difficulties with the proposal submission system,, IFAMA has extended the February 28 deadline for paper submissions and funding applications to Friday, March 3. 


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