Teaching Case Development Workshop (TCDW)

Call for Teaching Case Proposals

Crafting Real-World Latin American Business Cases

New launching from the BALAS 2024 Annual Conference at FGV, Sao Paulo, Brazil

Submission Deadline: May 8th, 2024

Join us at the Teaching Case Development Workshop (TCDW), a dedicated session within the BALAS Annual Conference designed for academics and practitioners eager to develop compelling teaching cases focused on the vibrant business landscape of Latin America.

Hands-On Learning Experience

Our workshop provides a hands-on learning experience where participants engage in the art of developing rich, real-world teaching case. Under the guidance of experienced facilitators, attendees will navigate the process of case writing, from initial research to the nuances of crafting a narrative that captivates and educates.

Focus on Latin American Business Challenges

The workshop emphasizes case studies that reflect the unique challenges and opportunities in Latin American economies. It's an opportunity to translate complex business realities into classroom-ready material that can illuminate key concepts for students and professionals alike.

Collaborative Environment

Collaboration is at the heart of the Case Development Workshop. You'll work alongside peers and mentors, exchanging ideas and receiving constructive feedback. This collaborative environment not only refines your case study but also expands your professional network within the field of Latin American business education.

Develop and Publish

Our goal is to empower you to produce cases that can be published and shared with the wider academic and business community. By the end of the workshop, you'll have a case study prototype and the knowledge to develop it into a publishable teaching resource.

Workshop Outcomes

Participants will leave with:

  • Enhanced case writing skills tailored to effective teaching and learning.
  • Understand the importance, development, and alignment of the teaching notes.
  • Strategies for getting case studies published and used in classrooms globally.
  • A network of peers and experts in Latin American business education.

Call for Teaching Case Proposals

We cordially invite submissions for Teaching Case Development Workshops (TCDW) at the BALAS 2024 Conference to be held in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on June 21st, 2024.

There is a critical need for producing quality teaching materials anchored in Latin American business and markets. In this sense having a collection of teaching cases based on the realities, circumstances, environments that businesses and organizations face in our region is very relevant, particularly given the central role cases play in business education and training. Each year the best case or cases presented at the conference are selected for submission to undergo a double-blind review at the CLADEA BALAS Case Consortium (CBCC), published and distributed by Harvard Business Publishing. The CDW will be structured to provide extensive feedback to authors whose teaching cases have been accepted by the workshop organizers.

Proposal Presentation and Deadline

Authors need to submit their teaching cases and teaching notes and need to present them at the conference to be considered in the selection process. Also note that authors will need to register for the BALAS conference in order to participate in the TCDW.

Proposals should be submitted by April 30th, 2024. Proposals will go through a selection process. Results will be announced by May 15th, 2024. Selection will be based upon the quality of the teaching case and teaching notes proposals.

Your teaching case and teaching note proposal should be sent through e-mail to the TCDW organizer, Gisele Galilea (Gisele.Galilea@fgv.br).

Teaching Case Structure

A teaching case must contain at a minimum the following structure:

1. An opening section that introduces the tension and the decisions that need to be made.

2. A body of the case that contextualizes the situation and provides the necessary information needed to analyze the case.

3. The information constitutes evidence and therefore needs to be supported by sources. Quotes that reflect the thoughts and reflections of the protagonist and other people in his or her context are especially valuable.

4. An argumentation section, where the reasons that support each alternative option are presented in a concise manner.

5. A closing section that reviews the tension and the decisions that need to be made.

6. A section on Exhibits, which should add important information for the discussions of the case. It is advisable to limit the number of Exhibits to those that are absolutely necessary.

7. Notes. Endnotes are presented with references or secondary sources for the case. Note that each endnote should have a corresponding reference in the text.

Cases must deal with a real situation involving a problem, a challenge, an opportunity, or a decision to be taken by an organization.

Teaching cases proposals need to be written in English. Please use Times New Roman 11 or Arial 11 fonts. The main body of the case document should be 15 pages or less in length (not including Exhibits) and 25 pages or less in total. The author must deliver files in their source programs: graphics in Excel, figures in PowerPoint, and text in Word with all the elements incorporated. To allow for blind review, the document should NOT include the author’s name.

Teaching Notes' Structure

The teaching notes is intended to be used by potential instructors of the case. A teaching notes must contain at the following structure:

1. Case summary: A half-page summary of the case and its main elements.

2. Case Readership: The author should identify the course and type of program in which the academic case may make a considerable contribution and how it would fit into those courses. We suggest that be specific, as it is tied to students' prior knowledge needed to effectively apply the case according to teaching notes.

3. Relevance of the case in management/administration: Authors need to be clear on how the case is circumscribed within organizational or business management.

4. Learning Objectives: The objectives correspond to what the student will learn as part of the case discussion. Bloom's Taxonomy is often suggested as a guide for defining learning objectives.

5. Theoretical foundation: Corresponds to the theories, concepts, and logical approaches that are expected to be understood as part of the discussion of the case and the proposed learning objectives. The author should summarize this theoretical foundation and explain to the prospective instructor how the case allows for this conceptual approach.

6. Discussion plan: The discussion plan is a synthesis of how the main topics of discussion and associated activities and questions will be conducted. The discussion blocks ('pastures' in some collections) are aligned with the theoretical anchor and with an expected time frame for the class discussion. The discussion plan may include preparation questions for students. Some of the objectives that can be associated with preparation questions are: understanding the case, understanding the context of the case, and identifying some central elements that will be useful for the discussion, among others.

7. Case Analysis/Discussion: The author is expected to record the process of discussing the case with students, student responses, transition questions between major blocks of discussion, and how the discussion leads to the achievement of the learning objectives. It is suggested that:

  • this section is structured according to the previous discussion plan;
  • the author records items that arise in the discussion that are not part of the original plan and describes how the discussion was handled;
  • possible discussion alternatives according to some characteristics of the audience.

8. Closing: The closing of the discussion seeks to summarize the students' learning gained from their discussion of the case. Usually, this closing is structured around the learning objectives.

9. Board plan: provides a visual organization of the boards generated by the discussion.

10. Epilogue: Some authors include an afterword to complement the closing discussion, which may include what followed in the organization and the outcome of the decision-making.

Teaching notes proposals need to be written in English. Please use Times New Roman 11 or Arial 11 fonts.

TCDW Session

The TCDW will be structured in 2 moments. First, an introductory session led by members of the CBCC team will discuss the cases review process and various topics relevant to authors seeking to have access to the most important channel for publishing and distributing pedagogical cases on an international level: the page of Harvard Business Publishing (hbsp.harvard.edu). Second, during the main session, authors will receive attention from reviewers. The main focus will be on how to improve the cases submitted to TCDW, so as to increase the probability of acceptance by CBCC.

Please address any questions and the submission to Gisele Galilea (Gisele.Galilea@fgv.br).

Gisele Galilea

TCDW Organizer

Fundação Getulio Vargas

Escola de Administração de Empresas de São Paulo

Niels Ketelhohn

BALAS Teaching Cases Chair

INCAE Business School, Costa Rica

Norma Ortiz

Faculty of Administration of the Universidad de los Andes

Chair for the Teaching Cases and Management Education Track

Delane Botelho

Fundação Getulio Vargas

Escola de Administração de Empresas de São Paulo

Co-chair for the Teaching Cases and Management Education Track

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