International Food and Agribusiness Management Association


2018 Academic Symposium | CALL FOR CONTRIBUTIONS


Sustainable Food Security 2050

Disruptive Innovations: better business, management, science, government

BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA | JUNE 23 – 27, 2018


2018 Symposium Chairs

Gregory A. Baker, Santa Clara University, USA

2018 Best Paper Chair
Jacques Trienekens, Wageningen University, The Netherlands

2018 Teaching Case Chair
R. Brent Ross, Michigan State University, USA

2018 Case Competition Chair
Esteban Brenes, INCAE Business School, Costa Rica

The International Food and Agribusiness Management Association (IFAMA) cordially invites submissions for participation in the 28th Annual IFAMA World Conference. Participants from industry, government, and academia are welcome to share ideas and react to the latest research and practice in agribusiness. 

CALL FOR SYMPOSIUM CONTRIBUTIONS

IFAMA is inviting submissions in any of the following four categories:

A - Completed Academic Agribusiness Research Papers and Research Cases (to be considered for the best paper competition)

B - Completed Teaching Case Studies with Teaching Note (to be considered for the best teaching case competition) Read Complete Submission Details Here

C - Abstracts of Academic Agribusiness Research Paper or Teaching Cases

D - Organized Discussion Sessions

All submissions will be peer-reviewed and can be uploaded on this website through the submission portal  (See link below). No direct emails or conventional mail submissions will be accepted.

PLEASE NOTE: For the first time, and on a trial basis, IFAMA is accepting submissions in both English and Spanish.

DESCRIPTION OF CATEGORIES
A - Completed Academic Agribusiness Research Papers and Research Case Studies (to be considered for the best paper competition)


The suggested maximum number is 10 to 12  pages (Font size 11, single-spaced); include a title page,  an abstract (140 words max) and up to 5 keywords. Please do not list authors anywhere in the paper, as these are recorded elsewhere in the system.

A suggested structure of paper follows:

1- Problem definition, context, and relevance for an agribusiness company
2- Brief review of existing literature relevant to the paper
3- Methodology and its relevance to an agribusiness company
4- Brief illustration of key findings
5- Discussion and implication of key findings for an agribusiness firm
6 - Concluding observations

B - Completed Teaching Case Studies with Teaching Note (to be considered for the best teaching case competition) 

The suggested maximum number of pages is 10 to 15 (font 11 size, single-spaced), plus reading material and title page, an abstract (140 words max), and up to 5 keywords. Please do not list authors on the paper as they are recorded elsewhere in the system. Teaching Notes are typically not larger than Case.

Suggested structure of the case.

Please refer to the IFAMR Case Study Submission Guidelines as a reference. Provide a reasonable current reading list (indicative max 25 pages. It is ok to provide links to recent online pages, if active; ideally not more than 5 to 10 pieces). Overall readings should not exceed what users may read in 2 to 3 hours.

Cases must have a Teaching Note (refer to IFAMR Guidelines for a Teaching Note. Teaching notes must contain a sound applied reference to an underlying theory or the lack thereof. This helps instructors best structure the case for use in their classes. For examples see other teaching cases published by IFAMR.

Please number the pages in the top right corner and provide the paper title on each page in the top header. Read Call for Teaching Cases Here

C - Abstract of Academic Agribusiness Research Paper or Teaching Cases

An abstract of an academic research paper, research case or teaching case can be submitted for consideration if the full paper or case is not yet ready and the authors desire an opportunity to interact with peers during the Symposium to improve the final document. IFAMA encourages this professional value added creation opportunity.

A maximum number of 2 pages (font size 11, single-spaced) is suggested plus a title page. Please do not list authors on the 2 pages or title page as they are recorded in the submission system separately.

A suggested structure for a research paper or case abstract:

1- Problem definition, context, and relevance of a paper. Provide a brief reference to key literature
2- Methodology and its relevance for agribusiness company 
3- Brief illustration of key findings
4- Discussion of implications of key findings for an agribusiness firm
5- Key concluding observations

Suggested structure for teaching case abstract:

a- Key issue at the core of case;
b- Key target (undergraduate, graduate, executive education);
c- Key discussion points, refer to relevant underpinning theory and prior published cases (if and as appropriate);
d- Key take aways or benefits for students utilizing the case.

Please provide page numbers on papers or cases. Insert numbers into the top right corner; provide the title of the paper on each page in the top header.

D - Organized Discussion Sessions

Proposals may be submitted by an organizer to hold a (90 minutes) Round Table with confirmed speakers on a "hot topic" of direct relevance to agribusiness.

Proposals should be a max number of 2 pages, plus contain a title page and abstract. Please do not list the authors, facilitator, or speakers on the title page as they are captured by submission system when you upload your proposal.

Suggested structure for a session proposal:

1- Provide a brief description of the general problem to be discussed and its relevance for agribusiness.
2- Provide the expected contribution by each speaker (why are they the ideal person to discuss the problem).
3- Provide the key benefits/ takeaways for the audience attending session.
4- Structure and handling of Q&A session. It is suggested you save this for the end and budget at least 45 minutes for the questions and answers.

IMPORTANT DATES

Deadline 1.  Submissions received by Dec 31 will receive a decision email by Jan 10 (Abstracts) or Jan 31 (Papers and Cases).

Deadline 2.  Submissions received by Feb 28 will receive a decision email by Mar 15 (Abstracts) or Mar 31 (Papers and Cases).

Deadline 3. Submissions received by April 30 will receive a decision email by May 15 (Abstracts) or Mar 30 (Papers and Cases).

Submissions received on or after May 1 will be attended as received and will receive a decision email as soon as possible, and not later than June 1.

PLEASE NOTE: 

Deadline for inclusion in final program

Presenting author should complete their registration for the conference within 2 weeks of receiving the decision email. Authors not registered by June 1 will not be listed in the Symposium program and will lose their right to present on Sat June 23 – Sun June 24.

Deadline for submission of revised full text paper, research case and teaching case

To compete in Best Paper or Best Teaching Case competition, the revised full text paper, research case, teaching case submissions should be received not later than June

For questions please contact:

Paper and research cases: 2018symposium@ifama.org
Teaching cases: 2018cases@ifama.org
Best Papers: 2018bestpapers@ifama.org
Case Competition registration: fbraga@ifama.org

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