International Food and Agribusiness Management Association


Sustainable Food Security 2050
Disruptive Innovations: better business, management, science, government.

JUNE 23 - 27, 2018

The International Food and Agribusiness Management Association is committed to provide a showcase for teaching cases in 2018.

We invite the submission of teaching case study proposals for participation in the 28th Annual World Symposium to be held in Buenos Aires, Argentina on June 23-27, 2018.

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 discussion we hope to encourage others to become interested in writing cases or in using cases (and case discussions) in their classes.

Teaching Cases may deal with any topic of managerial relevance. Suggestions include:

  • Working with Disrupting Innovation: how to manage and take advantage of a fast changing situation.
  • Food Quality and Changing Consumer
  • 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.

    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 may submit a full case with teaching note, or an abstract of the case and the teaching note, Please refer to the submission portal for protocol details. To be considered for the Best Case award, a full case with complete teaching note are required. Abstracts are welcome, and the session can become a source of suggestion and cooperative peer advice to best complete a work in progress. This is one of the benefits to participate in the IFAMA Sympoium!

    Please note the deadlines posted for the submissions: these are designed to provide for an acceptance, if and as appropriate, matching to the extent possible the early bird registration deadlines.

    Selection Criteria for Teaching Cases

    The following criteria is used to assess cases:

    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”

      • Presenting a concrete managerial isssue (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 reasonable assumptions made by the case user
      • The problems, issues, and decisions are controversial and not trivial
      • There are clear teaching objectives, appropriate for different target users, as explicitly identified by the author; these teaching objectives are appropriate for targeted users, and can be achieved with the case

        4.  Quality of the teaching plan

        • The Teaching Note offers a complete set of reasoned options to the teaching case coach

        5.   Overall assessment

        • The case is a quality document and would generate a good "case method" discussion

        Final format required if (a) selected for the best teaching case competition or (b) for presentation at the Symposum

        a-Best Teaching Case competition

        In addition to a complete case and teaching note, a case summary of 2-3 pages is also required. This may be provided later in the process, it is not required for the selection process itself.

        b-Symposium Case presentation

        in addition to a complete case or case abstract, a case summary of 2-3 pages is also required. This may be provided later in the process, it is not required for the selection process itself.

        The Case Summary will be used to advertise case content and attract interested peers to the discussion.


        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.

        Any of the teaching cases published in the IFAMR Case Library may offer useful suggestions and case delivery strategies.

        For questions please contact the Case Study Chair:  email:

        Case Study Chair: R. Brent Ross


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