Sustainable Food Security 2050

eCommerce, Agri-Food Value Chain Trasformation

Hangzhou, June 22- 27, 2019


The International Food and Agribusiness Management Association (IFAMA) cordially invites submissions for participation in the 29th 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 - (Complete) Academic Agribusiness Research Papers and Research Cases
     (will be considered for the best paper competition)
B - (Complete)  Teaching Case Studies with Teaching Note
     (will be considered for the best teaching case competition)  
C - Abstracts of Academic Agribusiness Research Paper or Teaching Cases

D - Organized roundtables

All submissions  can be uploaded below. No direct email or conventional mail submissions will be accepted. All contributions will be peer reviewed. 

IFAMA commite to an  expedite review decision on complete submissions.   

 
DESCRIPTION OF CATEGORIES

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

Submitting author will indicate on the top right corner of the title page, which of the following topic areas is the best fit for the paper:

  • Marketing
  • Finance
  • Supply chain/Operations
  • Human Capital/Labor
  • Management/Strategy
  • Innovation/Entrepreneurship
  • Development
  • Production/Farming
  • Policy/Trade/Food Security
  • Sustainability/Environment
  • Teaching

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 - 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. Please submit full-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.

On the title page, clearly indicate which of the following topic areas is the best fit for the paper:

  • Marketing
  • Finance
  • Supply chain/Operations
  • Human Capital/Labor
  • Management/Strategy
  • Innovation/Entrepreneurship
  • Development
  • Production/Farming
  • Policy/Trade/Food Security
  • Sustainability/Environment
  • Teaching

Suggested structure for a research paper abstract. See below  for a  case:

1- Problem definition, context, and relevance of a paper. Provide a brief reference to key literature.

2- Methodology and its relevance for an 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 takeaways or benefits for students utilizing the case.

Please provide page numbers for 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

The submission will be reviewed as it is received.  Please note the cutoff dates to receive a decision via email in time to be able to take advantage of the  early bird registration:

Abstracts: 

Received by - Decision by - Early Bird Reg.
Dec 24 - Jan 08 - Jan 15
 Feb 22 - Mar 08 - Mar 15
 May 09  - May 23  - May 30

Paper/Cases:

Received by - Decision by - Early Bird Reg.

Dec 24 - Jan 08 - Jan 15
Feb 02 - Mar 08 - Mar 15
Apr 25 - May 23 - May 30


Submissions received on or after May 10 (Abstract) or April 25 (full paper and case) will be attended as received and will receive a decision email as soon as possible.  It is difficult that authors of these "last minute" submission will receive a decision in time to qualify for an early bird registration discount.


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 22 – Sun June 23.


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 7.

For questions please contact:

Paper and research cases: ***

Teaching cases: ***

Best Papers: ***

Please note: support is primarily for students competing in the Case Competition.


Students interested in applying for financial support will need to complete the application form and a pro forma budget listing all funding sources and all planned expenses to attend the 2019 IFAMA conference. In addition, students granted financial support are required to attend an information meeting scheduled on Saturday afternoon (details to be provided) before the start of the conference activities. Students granted financial support may also be asked to discharge small tasks during the conference; this will increase their learning experience.  Details will be provided at the information meeting on Saturday afternoon.


Please Note
a. As indicated, funds will be allocated primarily to students competing in the case competition.
b. It is unlikely the awarded funds will be greater than what is provided through institutional support (the applicant’s home university / research account / public support etc.)
c. Support will normally not exceed USD $350  particularly for students from High-Income Economies (as defined by World Bank for fiscal 2017).
d. Allocated awards will be distributed at the conference  after completion of the Case Competition.
e.  All funding decisions are final.


Award Announcements

a- First Decision, February 15 for complete applications received by February 8. Up to 40% of total funding to be awarded at this time.
b- Second Decision, April 30 for complete applications received by April 23 Up to 80% of total funding (including (a)) will be awarded by this date.
c- Final Decision, May 15 for complete applications received by May 11.


How to Apply
1. Create a pro forma budget detailing estimated costs needed and funds available in order to attend the 2019 IFAMA conference. This document should be uploaded along with the application in order to be considered complete.
2. Complete the application form below.
3. Include a photocopy ID or Passport with your application.
Please direct any questions to: Francesco Braga, CEO IFAMA. Email: fbraga@ifama.org 

STUDENT CASE COMPETITION TEAM REGISTRATION

Teams must have a fteam leader  who will be the main contact for any communication regarding the competition.    The advisor registers the team(s) and is responsible to pay the $1000 deposit.  Individual students who want to compete in a team organized by IFAMA will pay a $350 deposit.  Deposits can be paid by cfedit card in the general registration section of teh conference.  Credit card only,

A check in USD in the amount of the deposit will be returned to the team leader after the successful completion of the competition.  No show = no refund. 

Space is limited, so register early.  A team leader may register the team and pay the relative deposit, and name team members later.  It is understood that team members must be identified not later than May 1.

Teams will consist of not less than 3 and not more than 5 members.

The application for registration will indicate in which segment the team wants to compete: 

A- Undergraduate (not more than 1 graduate), 

B - Intermediate (mostly teams with both undergraduate and graduate members), 

C - Advanced Graduate (not more than 1 undergraduate or Young Professionals).  

D - Young Professionals (early career individuals within 5 years of their last degree, 35 year old or younger).

Conference Registration fees for the accepted team members need to be completed no later than May 1. Teams who have not registered by May 1, 2018, will be excluded from the competition, their deposit forfeited, and any committed support will be allocated to other teams if appropriate. 

Please direct any questions to Francesco Braga: fbraga@ifama.org

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