South Asian Journal of business and Management Cases is published by SAGE Publications.London,New Delhi,New York and Sydney – in June and December .Copyright 2012 Birla Institute of Management Technology .All rights reserved .No portion of the contents may be reproduced in any form without permission in writing from the publisher.
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South Asian Journal of Business and Management Cases (SAJBMC) is a peer-reviewed, biannual journal of Birla Institute of Management Technology, Greater Noida (India). SAJBMC aims to provide a space for high-quality original teaching cases, research or analytical cases, evidence-based case studies, comparative studies on industry sectors, products and practical applications of management concepts.Publication of pure research and applied research does not fall under the domain of the journal.
SAJBMC is international in scope but a certain preference will be given to papers that focus on socio-economic context of South Asian region.The prime objective of SAJBMC is to create awareness amongst academics, researchers, policymakers, managers, practitioners, entrepreneurs about real-life business or management situations that present executives with dilemma in analysis, and decision making in the face of multiple choices in an environment of varying uncertain outcome. The journal fosters in-depth analysis and learning on various aspects of business organizations, institutions, public sector undertakings, civic bodies, NGOs and NPOs with a focus on the economy of South Asia, and covers all functional disciplines including, but not limited to, accounting, business ethics, corporate governance, diasporic communities, entrepreneurship, finance, globalization, human resource management and organizational development, information technology management, marketing, operations management, supply chain management, societal welfare management, social issues, sustainability, strategic management and technology management. The targeted readers of SAJBMC include students, entrepreneurs, practising managers, researchers,consultants, civil servants, policy-makers and academics involved in research, teaching and development programmes.
G.D. Sardana, Birla Institute of Management Technology, Greater Noida, India
Meena Bhatiya, Birla Institute of Management Technology, Greater Noida, India
Anuj Sharma, Birla Institute of Management Technology, Greater Noida, India
Monika Mittal, Birla Institute of Management Technology, Greater Noida, India
Sangeeta Shukla, Birla Institute of Management Technology, Greater Noida, India
Harivansh Chaturvedi, Director, Birla Institute of Management Technology, Greater Noida, India
Ishwar Dayal, Chief Mentor, Birla Institute of Management Technology, Greater Noida, India
A.K. Dey, Birla Institute of Management Technology, Greater Noida, India
Abbas J. Ali, Eberly College of Business and Information Technology, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, USA
Alexander Brem, School of Business and Economics, Friedrich-Alexander University of Erlangen-Nuremberg,management Technology, Greater Noida, India
Dhruba Gautam, Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu, Nepal
Eric Viardot, EADA, C/Arago, Barcelona, Spain
Gary Stockport, University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia
Hanna Lehtimaki, University of Eastern Finland, Finland
Iijima Masaki, Aichi Gakuin University, Nagoya, Japan
John Walsh, Shinwatra University, Bangkok, Thailand
Leo Paul Dana, University of Canterbury, New Zealand
Mustaghis ur Rehman, Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto Institute of Technology, Karachi, Pakistan
Noor Azizi Ismail, Othman Yeop Abdullah Graduate School of Business, Universiti Utara Malaysia, Kedah, Malaysia
Omar Abdull Kareem, Sultan Idris Education University, Tanjung Malim, Malaysia
P.A.P. Samantha Kumara, Faculty of Management and Finance, University of Ruhuna, Sri Lanka
Piotr Odrakiewicz, Poznan University College of Business, Poznan, Poland
Roland E. Livingston, School of Business and Management, Daniel Webster College, Nashua, USA
S.K. Singh, Centre on Integrated Rural Development for Asia and the Pacific, Dhaka, Bangladesh
Sarath W.S.B. Dasanayaka, Faculty of Engineering, University of Moratuwa, Moratuwa, Sri Lanka
Sushil, Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, India
Tahir Ali, Facuty of Management and Administrative Sciences, University of Karachi, Karachi, Pakistan
Theodore O. Wallin, Graduate School of Business, Sejong University, Seoul, Korea
Yvon Pesqueux, CNAM (Conservatoire National des Arts et Metiers), Paris, France
South Asian Journal of Business and Management Cases (SAJBMC) invites stimulating original, unpublished research/teaching cases, case studies, based on primary and/or secondary data, empirical data, or significant experience of learning on various facets of management. Pure research and applied research do not fall under the domain of SAJBMC. Imaginary cases are not welcome. SAJBMC aims at international relevance and encourages authors from all over the world, but a certain preference will be given to papers that focus on socio-economic context of South Asian region.Papers received will first undergo editorial scrutiny to judge suitability. The shortlisted papers will then go through a double-blind peer-review process. The journal uses TURNITIN software to check the similarities in submissions.
Cases from all management disciplines are welcome, including but not limited to the following:
- Accounting and finance, corporate governance, ecology, financial inclusion, business excellence,business process reengineering;
- Entrepreneurship, human resources management, organization development, transnational cultural impacts, knowledge management, innovation, technology management;
- Strategy, management interventions, organization experiences and practices, management science,management decision making, sustainable development, globalization, international trade;
- Operations management, logistics, supply chain management, service operations management,marketing management, information technology;
- NGOs and NPOs, public sector management, civic administration, public-private partnership,social enterprise management, societal welfare.
All submissions should be prepared using double-spacing throughout (not only the text but also displayed quotations, tables, notes, references and any other matter). The text of manuscripts should ordinarily not exceed 5,000 words. Please format your submissions as per the following guidelines:
- The main text of the case
- Abstract (150-200 words): Should bring out the purpose and importance of the case.
- Keywords (5-7 words).
- Introduction: Should identify the main players.
- Body of the text: This should be divided in appropriate interconnected sections.
- Questions/issues for a teaching case: Please list the prominent questions/issues which arise in the case and need discussion or brain storming by readers to arrive at solutions or to gain knowledge on management concepts embedded in the case.
- References: Please follow APA Style, as also illustrated under the section Citations and References, ensuring that these appear in the text and those cited in the text appear under References.
- Annexures (diagrams, images, figures, tables, graphs): Please follow instructions as detailed in the section The Guidelines.
- Endnotes: These should be consecutively numbered and presented at the end of the article.
- Bio briefs: Please furnish brief particulars of each author in not more than 25 words.
- Teaching notes for a teaching caseThese are not published, but must accompany the case in a separate file. The teaching notes should follow the structure noted as under:
- Title of the case.
- Teaching objectives.
- Potential audience: Please specify course, programme, any pre-condition of previous study/ exposure.
- Number of teaching sessions needed.
- Authors analysis of each question raised: This should be detailed so as to guide the instructor who may not be familiar with the organization and the environment as studied by the authors.
- Suggested further reading: Please provide full references of books/journal articles, as suggested readings are not covered under References.
Material taken directly from a copyrighted source, including a website, should be clearly identified, and the copyright holders written permission to reproduce it must be submitted in a separate file. Obtaining permission to reproduce copyrighted material is the authors responsibility, as is payment of any fees the copyright holder may request. Further information and a template Permission Request Letter is available in the Permissions section on SAGEs Journal Author Gateway (http://www.sagepub.com/authors/journal/permissions.sp).
Identifiable images of people should be accompanied by a signed release granting permission for their likeness to be reproduced in an article. (In childrens cases, the release form must be signed by a parent or guardian.) Authors can download the Audio-Visual Likeness Release Form at: http://www.sagepub.com/upm-data/27488_Audio_Video_Visual_Likeness_Release_SAGE.pdf
Each submission must be accompanied with a Declaration (format as under) signed by all the authors. Please pick what is applicable from 3/4.
- The submission is original, unpublished and not submitted simultaneously to any journal/conference/seminar for consideration of publication/presentation.
- Formal permissions have been obtained from responsible authorities for use of copyrighted information and reproductions. These are attached vide list enclosed.
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- We alone are responsible for the correctness of events, accuracy of information and data used and charges of plagiarism. We have followed ethics and research protocol.
- We agree to the terms of publication and transfer of copyrights to Bimtech and/or its chosen publisher SAGE Publications India Pvt. Ltd, as per Journal Contributors Publishing Agreement, in the event of acceptance of our paper.
- Contributors must provide their affiliation, complete postal and e-mail addresses.
- It is the authors responsibility to disclose any potential conflict of interest regarding the manuscript.
- All figures, i.e., diagrams, images and photographs, and tables should be provided separate from the text at the end and numbered in the order that they appear in text. Locations of tables and figures should be indicated in the text using callouts (e.g., [insert Table 1 here]) inserted after the respective paragraphs. Each figure and table should have a heading, an explanatory caption if necessary, and a source or reference in a separate file.
- Black and white illustrations can also be supplied electronically at a resolution of at least 300 dpi, as .eps, .tif or .jpg files. They should be saved separately from the article file. All figures should have short descriptive captions typed on a separate sheet.
- Endnotes should be numbered serially, the numbers embedded in the manuscript. The notes should be presented at the end of the article. Notes must contain more than a mere reference.
- Use British rather than American spellings. Use the z variant of British spelling.
- It is the responsibility of authors to ensure that their articles are written in an acceptable international standard of English.
- Submissions should use non-sexist and non-racist language.
- When referring to social actors woman/women should be used, not female/females, unless the context requires otherwise. Similarly, man/men should be used, not male/males. Female and male should be used when referring to the construction of a social identity.
- Use single quotes throughout. Double quotes should only be used within single quotes. Spellings of words in quotations should not be changed. Quotations of 45 words or more should be separated from the text and indented with a line space above and below.
- While referring to periods/decades, use nineteenth century/1980s. Spell out numbers from one to nine, 10 and above to remain in figures. However, for exact measurements use only figures (3 km, 9 per cent not %). Use thousands and millions (e.g., not lakhs and crores).
- Use of italics and diacriticals should be minimized, but used consistently. Avoid excessive use of italics for emphasis, but use italics for book titles, journal names and foreign words.
Guidelines specified in the Publication Manual of The American Psychological Association (5th Edition,2001) must be followed.
- A consolidated alphabetical list of all books, articles, essays and thesis referred to (including any referred to in the tables, graphs and maps) in the text should be provided at the end of the paper. References for tables and figures should accompany the table or figure .If more than one publication by the same author is listed the items should be given in chronological order. References should be embedded in text in the author – date method of citation. For example: (Konhert, 2007, p.12), (Kannabiran et. Al., 2008, pp. 175 – 200).
- The detailed style of referencing is as follows:
- Journal article
Smith, J.R. (2001).Reference style guidelines .Journal of Guidelines, 4, 2 – 7.
Smith, J.R. (2001). Reference Style guidelines .Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE.
- Article in an edited book
Smith, J.R. (2001). Do not capitalize prepositions. In R. Brown (Ed.), Reference style guidelines (pp. 55–62). Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE.
- Edited book
Smith, J.R. (Ed.). (2001). Reference style guidelines. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE.
- Dissertation (unpublished)
Smith, J.R. (2001). Reference style guidelines. Unpublished doctoral dissertation, University of California, Los Angeles.
- Article presented at a symposium or annual meeting
Smith, J.R. (2001, January). A citation for every reference, and a reference for every citation.Article presented at the annual meeting of the Reference Guidelines Association, St. Louis, MO.
- Online referenceSmith, J.R. (2001, January). Quotes of 45 or more words will be block quotes. Reference style guidelines. Retrieved Date, Month, Year, from http://www.sagepub.com (Please do not place a period at the end of an online reference.)
- Manuscript Submission
Submissions of manuscripts and all editorial correspondence should be made electronically, as e-mail attachment, using Microsoft Word or other standard word processing software, addressed to:G.D. SardanaEditor
South Asian Journal of Business and Management Cases
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