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Management-Learning Case Writing, Discussion, and Impacts: Theory, Methods, and Practice Honoring the Contributions of T. Grandon Gill

Special issue call for papers from Management Decision

Deadline:  31 October 2013

Purpose of the Special Issue

The purpose of this Management Decision Special Issue is to explore the contribution that management-learning cases can make to theory, pedagogical methods, and business practice.  Gill’s (2011) seminal contribution, Informing with the Case Method (available at ) is the basis for implementing this special issue.  Contrary to the popular belief that discussion cases are little more than story problems (Yin 2009), they can in fact be a source of discovery, not simply between instructor and student but by embracing researchers and case protagonists (Gill, 2011).  The richness of discussion cases is a consequence of the ever more complex environments in which management decisions are made (Woodside, 2010).  These cases can provide granular detail on the situation facing the decision-maker, with benefits for knowledge-building and relationship-building that go beyond the classroom. 


The editors are seeking management case studies that have been developed for teaching purposes, research cases that are grounded in theory, and articles on the development and use of various genres of cases.  Management cases should be accompanied by an appendix containing a teaching note.  Suggested topics for management cases include, but are not limited to:

  • Green management / social responsibility
  • Cooperative firm strategies / strategic alliances
  • Organizational Change
  • Decisions to adopt innovation / pricing decisions
  • Strategies for introducing innovation

Papers on the development and use of cases might include, but are not limited to, the following topics:

  • Innovations in case discussion methods and technologies
  • Assessment of case method learning outcomes
  • Conversion of research cases into discussion cases
  • Methods for generalizing from a single case
  • Achieving tight engagement with practitioners in the case writing process
  • Development and use of technology-augmented case


Manuscripts submitted must not have been published, accepted for publication, or be currently under consideration elsewhere. Manuscripts should be between 3000 and 6,000 words in length (excluding tables and figures).  However, exceptions will be made for up to five or six papers that contain three parts: (1) a teaching case, suggested length of 3,000-5,000 words; (2) an instructor’s note that includes the learning objectives, issues for discussion, and examples of appropriate analysis, 2,000 words; and (3) a discussion of experiences in using the case, 1,500 words.

All manuscripts should adhere to the conventions of Management Decision and be completely free of spelling and grammatical errors.  Further information and guidelines for authors are listed at:
Submissions should be made directly to all three Management Decision guest co-editors.  All manuscripts will be desk reviewed by the Guest editors, and if deemed suitable will be sent to two reviewers for double-blind peer review. 

Deadlines for submission of full papers: 30 September 2013.

Guest Editors Contact Details

If you have any questions about the suitability of proposed topics or approaches please contact the guest editors.


Gill, T.G. (2011).  Informing with the Case Method.  Santa Rosa, CA: Informing Science Press.
Woodside, A.G. (2010).  Case Study Research: Theory, Methods, Practice.  Bingley, UK: Emerald Group Publishing Limited.
Yin, R.K. (2009).  Case Research: Design and Methods, 4th edition.  Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Press.