Available funds for students in 2018 are primarily earmarked to support students registered to compete in the Case Competition.

Students interested in applying for financial support will need to complete the application form and a pro forma budget (see example) detailing costs and funds available to attend the 2018 IFAMA conference in Buenos Aires. 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 $500 (approximately 50% of the conference registration fee for students) particularly for students from High-Income Economies (as defined by World Bank for fiscal 2017).

d. Allocated awards will be distributed in Buenos Aires after completion of the Case Competition.

e.  All funding decisions are final.


Award Announcements

a- First Decision, February 12 for complete applications received by February 4. Up to 40% of total funding to be awarded at this time.

b- Second Decision, April 16 for complete applications received by April 9. Up to 80% of total funding (including (a)) will be awarded by this date.

c- Final Decision, May 14 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 2018 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 

Sustainable Food Security 2050

Disruptive Innovations: better business, management, science, government

Buenos Aires, Argentina | June 23 – 27, 2018

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-Teaching Case Studies with Teaching Note 
      (to be considered for the best teaching case competition)  
C - Abstracts of Academic Agribusiness Research Paper or Teaching Cases

All submissions will be peer-reviewed and can be uploaded 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)

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

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. 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

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 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

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


2018 IFAMA - Teaching Case Submissions

28TH ANNUAL IFAMA WORLD CONFERENCE

Buenos Aires, Argentina | June 23-24, 2018


Sustainable Food Security 2050

Disruptive Innovations: better business, management, science, government 

The International Food and Agribusiness Management Association is committed to providing a showcase for teaching cases in 2018.

We invite the submission of Teaching Case proposals for participation in the 28th Annual World Symposium to be held in Buenos Aires, Argentina on June 23-24, 2018. IFAMA will consider submissions of complete Teaching Cases or Teaching Case abstracts.

Authors of complete Teaching Case may ask to be considered for the Best Teaching Case competition and for presentation at the Teaching Case Workshop.  Author of Teaching Case abstracts will be considered for presentation at the organized Teaching Case Workshop. 

The Teaching Case Workshop portion of the Symposium is directed at a broad audience of professionals who are interested in developing effective agribusiness cases and using them as learning tools, as well as for those interested in specific case topics being discussed.

The Teaching Case Workshop is structured to provide constructive feedback on your case writing and discussion leadership skills. By modeling Teaching Case discussion we hope to encourage others to become interested in writing cases or in using cases (and case discussions) in their classes.

Teaching Cases may deal with any topic of managerial relevance. Suggestions include:
  • Working with Disrupting Innovation: how to manage and take advantage of a fast-changing situation.
  • Food Quality and Changing Consumer
  • The Role of Technology in Food Security
  • Entrepreneurship in Agricultural Innovation
  • Food Loss & Waste
  • Climate Smart Agriculture
  • Food Security & Sustainability
  • Innovation & Sustainability in Developing & Emerging Economies
  • The Role of Big Data in Agriculture
  • Multi-Stakeholder Organizations & Wicked Problems
  • Agribusiness Education & People-Talent Development in the 21st Century
  • The Role of Social Networks in Sustainable Business
  • Innovative & Sustainable Food Logistics

 A Teaching case must:

  1. Present a real, non-trivial, controversial topic or problem and a decision (or set of decisions) that is (are) relevant and important to agribusiness managers.
  2. Must be written from the perspective of a specified protagonist (manager / decision maker).
  3. Must include enough pertinent background information to analyze and diagnose the problem, and allow students to propose different alternatives and to choose and support one of the alternatives.
  4. The case should not include a literature review or an answer (remember that most great teaching cases do not have one right answer).
  5.  A separate teaching note must accompany the case. The teaching note must include teaching objectives and an outline of a class session, including the opening question, discussion pastures, and transition questions. The teaching plan may include a literature review if desired.

Proposals and attachments need to be in Microsoft Word format and should be submitted through the submission portal below. Follow the simple steps to complete the process. Under step two during the submission process, the category of your submission will be Case Study Workshops.

Authors may submit a full case with teaching note, or an abstract of the case and the teaching note, Please refer to the submission portal for protocol details. To be considered for the Best Case award, a full case with complete teaching note are required. Abstracts are welcome, and the session can become a source of suggestion and cooperative peer advice to best complete a work in progress. This is one of the benefits of participating in the IFAMA Symposium!

Please note the deadlines posted for the submissions: these are designed to provide for an acceptance, if and as appropriate, matching to the extent possible the early bird registration deadlines.

Selection Criteria for Teaching Cases

Utilizing a 5 point system, cases are assessed as follows:

1.     Interest and relevance of the topic

2.     Quality of the document

  • Quality of writing
  • Structure of the document
  • Clarity and conciseness
  • Quality and consistency of supporting data

3.     Quality “as a case”

  • There is a concrete and managerial issue (or set of issues) to be discussed

  • There is a decision (or decisions) to be made

  • There is a protagonist who faces the issue and has to make a decision or take some course of action

  • The discussion can be supported by data and info from the case

  • The problems, issues, and decisions are controversial and not trivial

  • There are clear teaching objectives, and these can be achieved with the case

4.     Quality of the teaching plan

5.     Overall assessment: the case is a quality document and would generate a good "case method" discussion

Final format required if (a) selected for the best teaching case competition or (b) for presentation at the Symposium

a-Best Teaching Case competition

In addition to a complete case and teaching note, a case summary of 2-3 pages is also required. This may be provided later in the process, it is not required for the selection process itself.

b-Symposium Case presentation

in addition to a complete case or case abstract, a case summary of 2-3 pages is also required. This may be provided later in the process, it is not required for the selection process itself.

The Case Summary will be used to advertise case content and attract interested peers to the discussion.

References

The following references are suggested for presenters considering developing and submitting case studies to the Harvard Style Teaching Cases workshop:

Lyford, C., J. Beierlein, and K. Harling. 2002. Scholarship and decision cases: pedagogy and standards for publication. International Food and Agribusiness Management Review 3: 369-379.

Harling, K, and E. Misser. 1998. Case writing: an art and a science. International Food and Agribusiness Management Review 1 (1): 119-138.

Case Study Chair: R. Brent Ross

For questions please contact:  2018cases@ifama.org  


SUSTAINABLE FOOD SECURITY 2050: 
Disruptive Innovations: better business, management, science, government

BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA | JUNE 23 – 27, 2018

 
  • Teams must have a faculty advisor who will be the main contact for any communication.  The advisor registers the team(s) and is responsible to pay the deposit.
  •  Each application is confirmed as soon as a $1,000 USD deposit ($350 for unattached student) is received by IFAMA. Instructions on how to wire these funds will be emailed to the Team Coach directly by the CEO of IFAMA. The deposit will be returned after the end of the competition to the teams who participated in the competition. 
  • 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: Undergraduate (not more than 1 graduate), Intermediate (mostly teams with both undergraduate and graduate members), Advanced Graduate (not more than 1 undergraduate or Young Professionals).  The final tracks will be contingent on actual enrollment, but IFAMA will endeavor to follow the preference indicated by the Team.
  • Acceptance of an application will be confirmed with the faculty advisor on a first come first served base.
  • 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