Western Casewriters Association
Next WCA Conference: March 13-16, 2024 in Long Beach, CA
WCA conference: The WCA conference takes place together with WAM's annual conference, so the venue and timing are the same.
How to submit: Instead of submitting via the WAM submission portal, the WCA requires email submissions to the WCA program chair, Dr. Julian Vogel (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Early Submission deadline: October 15, 2023
Submission deadline: January 14, 2024
Detailed call for papers --> see PDF
What is the WCA?
"The Western Casewriters Association (WCA) is the Western regional association of business casewriters. Its purpose is to train, develop and support business case writing for research and pedagogical purposes. WCA organizes an annual conference for experienced and new case-writers and academics using cases for classroom teaching."
Typically, the WCA conference is held in association with the annual meeting of the Western Academy of Management, but check the WCA website linked above for the latest details.
Why join the WCA at WAM?
"The WCA Conference is a unique opportunity to engage with other casewriters in a small group format to exchange feedback and polish a case, learn about using cases in the classroom, incorporate a peer-reviewed conference and proceedings on a vita, and learn from leading case researchers and case educators.
The WCA Conference is an excellent professional opportunity because as a "developmental" meeting it is designed to provide positive and valuable feedback from experienced case researchers. Submissions are double-blind peer reviewed by at least two reviewers, with the objective to help participants move toward journal publication. A proceeding is published that includes a synopsis of each case. Awards are given for the “Best Case in the Proceedings” and “Best Mentored Case” (i.e., student author(s) and the faculty supervisor).
Primarily a roundtable discussion format, conference participants will be grouped with three to four other case researchers and an experienced facilitator. Participants will provide detailed feedback on each other’s cases. The feedback, although rigorous, is very friendly and meant to suggest avenues for improving and modifying case submissions. Submitted cases should have a clear learning objective for students and be framed around problems facing decision makers in an organization. Cases may be based on field research or secondary sources, but must be entirely factual. Cases from all disciplines, and researchers of all experience levels, including graduate students, are welcome."
Publishing in the Journal of Case Research and Inquiry (JCRI)
JCRI is the peer reviewed online publication of the WCA
"All cases, IMs, articles, notes, and exercises are double blind peer-reviewed by at least two reviewers. Cases may be derived from primary field research, secondary research, or a combination of both. Because JCRI is an online journal, cases employing multimedia methods and links to web resources are especially welcome. JCRI cases, articles, notes, and exercises are available full-text and free of charge to educators and students. Published cases have been on organizations in numerous industries located in several countries, including Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Egypt, Honduras, India, Nepal, Niger, Pakistan, S. Korea, Thailand, and U.S.A."
Issues covered include:
business and public administration
Types of cases:
Teaching case studies