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The 9th International Multi-Conference on
Society, Cybernetics and Informatics: IMSCI 2015
July 12 - 15, 2015 – Orlando, Florida, USA

  About the Special Track
Special Track on
Case Studies and Methodologies: stCSM 2015
Deadlines for this specific special track:

May 9th, 2015: Submission of draft papers (2000-5000 words), extended abstracts (600-2000 words) and abstracts for-presentation-only (300-600 words).
May 29th, 2015: Notifications of acceptance.
June 12th, 2015: Submission of camera-ready or final versions of the accepted papers.

The organization of this Special Track on “Case Studies and Methodologies,” has been inspired by professor T. Grandon Gill’s book Informing with the Case Method (2011, Informing Science Press). From this book it becomes evident that “Case Studies and Methodologies” are probably one of the best means to effectively relate different disciplines and integrate research, education, and consulting activities.

This fact motivated the program co-chairs of this special track on “Case Studies and Methodologies” (stCSM 2015) to organize it via invited session(s), conversational session(s), and a workshop, jointly with:

  • Special Track on Integrating Research, Education, and Problem Solving IREPS 2015, and
  • Special Track on Interdisciplinary Research, Education, and Communication: IDREC 2015

Since “Case Studies and Methodologies” nurture, and are nurtured by, processes of 1) integrating academic activities and 2) Interdisciplinary Research, Education, and Communication, the purpose of co-organizers of this special track is to generate synergic relationships among the three events: IDREC 2015, IREPS 2015, and stCSM 2015. Figure 1 schematically shows the relationships among the three kinds of activities to be presented at the three mentioned events. Cybernetic loops of regulative and positive feedback might generate synergic effects among the three of them.

Figure 1

Figure 2 shows the positioning of research in “Case Studies and Methodologies” with respect to other form of research.

Figure 2
From T. Grandon Gill’s book Informing with the Case Method, 2011, Informing Science Press, p.18

The Co-Organizers are planning to include in the program of the collocated events, at least, a workshop, delivered by T. Grandon Gill, and a conversational session. The number of invited sessions with presentations of articles will depend on the number of submissions made as a result of this call for participation and on those which are accepted for their presentation at the respective breakout session.

The main areas/Topics of stCSM 2015 are the following:

  • Case Methods and Methodologies
  • Case Studies Research
  • Case Studies in Education
  • Case Studies in STEM Education
  • Consulting Case Studies
  • Business Case Studies
  • Case Studies in Management
  • Information Systems Case Studies
  • Software Engineering Case Studies
  • Engineering Case Studies
  • Medical and Health Care Case Studies
  • Case Studies in Science
  • Ethical Case Studies


Case Studies and Methodologies and Integration of Academic Activities

This workshop will introduce participants to Case Studies and Method by showing the possibilities they generate for the Integration of Academic Activities.

A mix of presentation, exercises and discussion, the topics to be covered will include:

  • What is the case method?
  • Different types of case study and how they are used
  • Steps in developing authentic case studies: from recruiting sites to publication
  • Facilitating case discussions in the classroom
  • Measuring case method learning outcomes
  • Publishing case studies
  • Opportunities for funding case method projects
  • Broader impacts of case method on the individual and institution

The facilitator, Dr. T. Grandon Gill, has extensive experience in case method research, as well as in writing cases for classroom use and facilitating case discussions. His MBA and DBA are both from Harvard Business School, where the case method originated. He is author of the book Informing with the Case Method (2011, Informing Science Press) and recently became the founding editor of Journal of Information Technology Education: Discussion Cases, a publication outlet for case studies in the MIS, IT and informing science fields. Interested participants will be encouraged to remain in touch with the facilitator for possible participation in future grant initiatives and workshops.

Virtual Sessions

Face-to-face sessions of all events will have associated virtual pre- and post-conference sessions where registered participants can comment each paper in a forum associated to it. Registered participant at any event will have a password to access any virtual session of any collocated event.

Organizational, Reviewing, and Selection of Best Papers Policies

Technical Keynote Speakers

Technical keynote speakers will be selected from early submissions because this selection requires an additional evaluation according to the quality of the paper, assessed by its reviewers, the authors' CV and the paper's topic.

Reviewing Process

All Submitted papers/abstracts will go through three reviewing processes: (1) double-blind (at least three reviewers), (2) non-blind, and (3) participative peer reviews. Final acceptance depends of the three kinds of reviews but a paper should be recommended by non-blind reviewers AND blind reviewers in order to be accepted for presentation at the conference and to be included in the respective conference proceedings. A recommendation to accept made by non-blind reviewers is a necessary condition, but it is not a sufficient one. A submission, to be accepted, should also have a majority of its double-blind reviewers recommending its acceptance. This double necessary conditions generate a more reliable and rigorous reviewing than a those reviewing methods based on just one of the indicated methods, or just on the traditional double-blind reviewing. More details regarding this issue can be found at

The three kinds of reviews mentioned above will support the selection process of those papers/abstracts that will be accepted for their presentation at the conference, as well as those to be selected for their publication in JSCI Journal. Details regarding the Acceptance Policy can be found at

Authors of accepted papers who registered in the conference can have access to the evaluations and possible feedback provided by the reviewers who recommended the acceptance of their papers/abstracts, so they can accordingly improve the final version of their papers. Non-registered authors will not have access to the reviews of their respective submissions.

Virtual Participation

Submissions for Face-to-Face or for Virtual Participation are both accepted. Both kinds of submissions will have the same reviewing process and the accepted papers will be included in the same proceedings.
Pre-Conference and Post-conference Virtual sessions (via electronic forums) will be held for each session included in the conference program, so that sessions papers can be read before the conference, and authors presenting at the same session can interact during one week before and after the conference. Authors can also participate in peer-to-peer reviewing in virtual sessions.

Invited Sessions Organizers

Registration fees of an effective invited session organizers will be waived according to the policy described in the web page (click on 'Invited Session', then on 'Benefits for the Organizers of Invited Sessions'), where you can get information about the ten benefits for an invited session organizer. To propose the organization of an Invited Session, please visit the conference web site, and go to the menu option “Invited Sessions” and then to the menu sub-option “Invited Sessions Organizers.”

Best Papers

Authors of the best 20%-25% of the papers presented at the conference (included those virtually presented) will be invited to adapt their papers for their publication in the Journal of Systemics, Cybernetics and Informatics.

One best paper of each session included in the program will be selected by the respective session’s co-chairs after consulting with the session’s audience. Invited Sessions organizers will select the best paper of the session they organized. If there is a tie in a given session, the paper that will be selected as the best session’s paper will be the one which have had the highest quantitative evaluations average according to its double-blind and non-blind reviews.

The selection process of the best 20%-25% to be also published in the Journal, will be based on the sessions’ best papers and the quantitative evaluation average made by its anonymous and non-anonymous reviewers.

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