JCRI Guidelines for the Instructor's Manual

 

The IM should be included in the same Word file as the case, beginning on a new page.

On the first line, please type INSTRUCTOR'S MANUAL: (all capitals, bold, centered). Leave one blank space. Then type the case title exactly as written in the Submission Form: Centered, bolded, and fully capitalized in one or two lines. Do not underline. Leave one blank line, then type: Submitted to the Journal of Case Research and Inquiry (with the journal name in italics). Only the line immediately below type, Type Date First Submission: followed by the name of the month, and number of the day and year. (For revised and re-submitted manuscripts, always provide the date of first submission as well as the date of the revision.) For example:

INSTRUCTOR'S MANUAL:

WIDGETS-R-US:
STRATEGIC IMPLICATIONS OF THE ECONOMIC DOWNTURN

 

Submitted to the Journal of Case Research and Inquiry 
Date first submission: September 4, 2017 
Revised: November 5, 2017

The IM should contain at least 9 sections. Sections should be numbered and provided in order. 
Each IM section title should be aligned left, in bold font, and underlined. 
1. Case Synopsis 
2. Case Learning Objectives 
3. Associated reading or assignments 
4. Discussion Questions 
5. Research Method 
6. Teaching with the Case 
7. Conceptual Analysis 
8. Possible Answers to Discussion Questions 
9. Notes and References

1. Case Synopsis

The case synopsis from the Submission Form should be repeated here.

2. Case Learning Objectives

The case learning objectives from the Submission Form should be repeated here.

3. Associated reading or assignments

If applicable, readings, websites, or assignments that should be completed prior to using the case in a classroom should be suggested. For example: 
The case may be assigned with a note on the Widget industry: Johnson & Smith (2018). “The Widget Industry after 2018.”

4. Discussion Questions

Provide questions (perhaps 3 to 7) that could guide the discussion of the case, or could be assigned to students for written work prior to an in-class case discussion.

5. Research Method

Indicate the methods used in researching the case, and in particular if primary or secondary data were used. Also indicate if any of the researchers has a relationship with the organization (such as a paid consultant, employee, part-owner, etc.). Indicate the extent of disguise, or instead indicate that no data have been disguised.

6. Teaching with the Case

Provide the outline of a lesson plan and/or suggest how the case might be used in a classroom to enhance learning.

7. Conceptual Analysis

Indicate what theories, conceptual models, or laws are relevant to the learning objectives of the case and how they apply to the case.

8. Possible Answers to Discussion Questions

Provide brief answers to the discussion questions presented in number 4 above. The purpose of this section of the IM is to provide some guidance for the instructor when discussing the case or grading papers written on the case. While it may be useful to provide alternative answers to a given question, please avoid providing “good” and “poor” (or “A student” and “C student”) answers to the questions.

9. Notes and References

Provide endnotes if appropriate. Provide a full reference list of all sources used in the case and IM, using standard APA format. Be sure to include full references of any text, video or website suggested in section 3 above.