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Submission Details and Instructions

Roundtable tracks | Start-Up Case Workshop | New Views sessions | Pedagogy Track

Roundtable tracks submission details

For full Cases & Instructor Manuals, submit TWO files:

1) A Case and Instructors Manual. To facilitate the double-blind review process, this file should contain NO identifying information that might identify the author(s) or their institution.

2) A One-Page Case Summary containing author names.

Eligible Cases: Cases may deal with any topic in any academic discipline where dynamic classroom discussion is useful. Cases must be original work based on real events, real people, and real organizations, and must not have been previously published or accepted for publication elsewhere, either in journals or books. Submitted cases may also not be under simultaneous review for other conferences or publications. Cases presented in other workshops may be submitted only if they have been substantially revised since that presentation.

Submission Instructions: Authors should submit their case and case summary by June 14, 2021 (5pm EDT) to be considered for participation in the conference. The link for conference submissions is See the Conference Tracks list to select your appropriate track for submission. 

In submitting a case to the 2021 NACRA Conference, you are committing to have at least one author participate in the case Roundtables on both October 15 & 16 as a registered delegate. Authors who submit cases to two different tracks must have a co-author who will also attend the conference and participate in the second Roundtable’s sessions on both days.  If not familiar with the Roundtable format, please familiarize yourself with How to get the Most out of Case Discussion Sessions.

Case Format: The case should be a .doc or .docx (Word) file, single-spaced with a blank line between paragraphs and using Times New Roman 11-point font. The case itself should normally not exceed 30 pages, including all exhibits and Instructor’s Manual. Other than the page one “Review Copy” notice discussed below and the recommended case page limit, details regarding case formatting are not specified. To ensure a blind review process, please do not include any author information in your document (check File Properties to ensure that your name is not automatically provided as author of the document). The following notice should appear at the bottom of the first page of the manuscript:

Review copy submitted to NACRA 2021, Online. Not for reproduction or distribution.

Instructor’s Manual Format: The Instructor’s Manual is to be single-spaced with a blank line between paragraphs, using Times New Roman 11-point font. The Instructor’s Manual and Case should not normally exceed 30 pages, including all exhibits, and it should be included at the end of the .doc or .docx (Word) file in which the Case is saved.

The Instructor’s Manual should include the following elements:

  • A brief (one-page maximum) synopsis of the case
  • Identification of the intended course(s) and levels, including the case’s position within the course, the topics it covers, and its specific learning
  • A Research Methods section that discloses the research basis for gathering the case information, including any relationship between case authors and the organization, or how access to case data was obtained. Include any disguises imposed and their
  • Suggested teaching approaches or a teaching plan, including the expected flow of discussion and key questions, role plays, debates, use of audiovisuals or in-class handouts, a board plan, etc. Authors are encouraged to include guidance on teaching the case in an online setting as well.
  • Assignment questions for student preparation, accompanied by an analysis of each
  • If appropriate, an epilogue or follow-up information about the decision actually.

Case and Instructor’s Manual Rhetorical Guidelines:

Because a case describes a situation at one point in time, it must be written in past tense, except for quotations. Most cases start with a short (less than one page) case “opener” which sets the stage by introducing the case protagonist, the time frame, the organization, and the situation. Often the next section is a company and/or industry background, followed by sections which examine the specific situation. Exhibits should be grouped at the end of the case. Each exhibit should have a number and title and a citation to its source. Necessary citations should be embedded in the text as endnotes, with bibliographic information restricted to a “Reference List” at the end of the case, in APA format.

See a sample of a Case and Instructor Manual: nacra-sample-case-and-im.

One-Page Case Summary

Remember, this document is submitted as a separated file and it is important that you follow the formatting guidelines described below. 

The 2021 NACRA Conference Proceedings publication will contain the one-page case summaries. In order for the Proceedings to be of the highest quality, it is imperative that authors adhere to the following formatting requirements: (1) One inch margins all around (top, bottom, sides), (2) Page limit: one page, (3) Times New Roman, 11-point font, (4) Single spaced, left justified (except title). A blank line separating paragraphs.

See a template and sample of a one-page Case Summary: nacra-case-summary-template-example.

If you have general questions related to the conference or submissions, please contact the 2021 Program Chair, John Varlaro at 

Start-Up Case Workshop Submission details

For Start-Up Case Workshop submissions, submit ONE file.

Eligible Cases: Cases may deal with any topic in any academic discipline where dynamic classroom discussion is useful. Cases must be original work based on real events, real people, and real organizations, and must not have been previously published or accepted for publication elsewhere, either in journals or books, or be under simultaneous review for other conferences or publications. This workshop is designed for those new to case research and writing.

Submission Instructions: Start-Up Case Workshop submissions should be e-mailed to Linda Swayne at by June 14, 2021 (5pm EDT). Start-Up Case Workshop submissions will not use the online case submission platform. Submit in .doc or .docx format only. It is important to format your Start-Up Case Workshop submission according to the following guidelines: One inch margins all around, single-spaced, 11-point font, Times New Roman, 2 pages maximum. Save your 2 page .doc or .docx file as “21 NACRA start-up <your last name>.docx”. By submitting a two-page start-up case, you are committing to having at least one author attend the NACRA conference and participate in the start-up case workshop. Workshop authors will also be invited to participate in the roundtable tracks.

Please use the Start-Up Case Workshop template: 2021-nacra-start-up-cases-template. Please contact Linda Swayne at should you have any queries about the Start-Up Case Workshop.

New Views Submission details

For the New Views sessions submissions, submit ONE file.

Eligible proposal submissions: New Views proposals are presentations, panel discussions, workshops, or symposia with a focus on case research.  New View sessions are an appropriate forum for discussion issues related to the administration of NACRA and the CRJ, and networking with affiliated organizations.  A broad variety of topics are appropriate for New Views sessions including:  writing cases, writing IMs, teaching with cases, reviewing cases,  publishing cases, working with client organizations, strategies for securing client releases, using case research for theory building, testing and writing interdisciplinary cases, advances in case research methodologies, and qualitative analysis tools for case research.

Submission Instructions: Proposals should include a Title; a list of authors/presenters/panelists (including contact information and institutions); the Learning Objectives of the session; the amount of time the session(s) will require (generally online sessions are scheduled to last 45-90 minutes); a brief description or outline of the Proposed Session (1-2 pages) and References (if relevant). By submitting a New Views proposal, you are committing to having at least one author/presenter/panelist attend the NACRA conference and participate in the New Views sessions. Session authors/presenters/panelists will also be invited to participate in the roundtable tracks.

The Program Chair will select New Views sessions based on member interest in the topic and the needs of both new and experienced case researchers and teachers. Submit New Views Proposals to the Program Chair, John Varlaro at The deadline is June 7, 2021.

Pedagogy Track: Pushing the Case Method Frontier: Experiences, Experiments, Critiques and Ideas

Unlike NACRA’s other tracks devoted to case authorship and publication, this track is instead focused on engaging researchers in constructive debate concerning crucial challenges to case authorship and pedagogy by leveraging collective experiences, experiential learnings, and even experiments to find answers to these challenges. Articles that are grounded primarily on Reflexive Research, Problem-Solving Instrumentalist Research, Critical Theory, and Participatory Research are invited for submission.

Forms of submissions

Cases are not to be submitted. Instead, we invite articles in one of the following forms:

  • Expert Views
  • Conceptual Works
  • Case Study Research (i.e. Participatory Research, Ethnography, Action Research)
  • Empirical Research (Theory Building and/or Theory Testing)

Proposals for panel discussions and presentations without the accompaniment of a paper should be submitted as a New Views Workshop. The initial 500-word Pedagogy track proposal and subsequent submissions for this track should not include any identifying information. Final paper submissions must include a one-page summary, with the inclusion of an abstract instead of the case synopsis and uses ( nacra-case-summary-template-example ). As with the other roundtable submissions, a one-page summary will be included in the published proceedings for accepted papers. The link to submit the initial 500-word Pedagogy track proposal and subsequent submissions for this track is Please note the submission timeline is different from the other tracks.

Submission Timeline

  • June 7, 2021: 500-word proposals
  • June 14, 2021: Acceptance of the Proposal with suggested revisions
  • June 30, 2021: Submission deadline of the first draft full paper
  • July 12, 2021: Decisions to authors; Conference early registration opens
  • July 31, 2021: Final full Paper Submission
  • August 15, 2021: Communicating reviews of full paper to authors
  • August 31, 2021: Revised Submission of Full paper