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Q: What types of case studies does the MCR publish?
A: The Muma Case Review publishes open access discussion cases that are related to business, higher education or technology topics. It also publishes technical notes that can be used in support of these cases. Specifically:
- A Discussion Case is a case study that is constructed around a decision that needs to be made, providing the sufficient context to that it can be used as the basis of a substantive classroom or online discussion. MCR cases are nearly always open, meaning that there is no clear cut “right” decision and authentic, meaning that they are based on real world situations observed by the case writer(s) with only limited disguising, if any.
- A Technical Note is a white paper that provides background regarding a particular industry, technology or region. MCR technical notes are most commonly written to: 1) reduce the length of individual cases, which would otherwise need to provide the background contained in the note, 2) to allow a case to be appropriate for students with differing background, and 3) to avoid duplication of content across cases relating to the same industry, technology or region.
Q: What are the rules for copying MCR cases?
A: The Muma Case Review publishes all its cases open access at no cost for educational use, which means you can and your students can copy them and distribute them in electronic form as needed. The front page of each case indicates this in the footnote, which can be helpful when a third party–such as Kinkos–is used to make copies. MCR cases should not be resold and the journal should be contacted regarding situations where more than 10 copies are being made for commercial purposes.
Q: When do MCR printed volumes come out?
A: Because the Muma Case Review publishes cases across all business disciplines, it is not clear what audience would be served by printed volumes. For this reason, we only publish our cases electronically. Should you wish to have printed copies of any or all of our cases, there are three possible sources:
- You may copy them yourself at no charge for educational use, as noted above.
- You may incorporate them into a course packet or book that is being used for educational purposes and is not being sold for profit. Should you wish to include MCR cases in a commercial work, you should contact us using the Contact Us page.
- From time to time, MCR case studies related to a particular topic area or region may be collected and printed in book form by the Muma Business Press. When such books become available, information about them will be included on this website.
Q: Where can I find teaching notes for MCR cases?
A: The Muma Case Review does not require teaching notes, but encourages authors to develop them. Teaching notes are maintained by case authors and on a separate site where access can be controlled. In order to gain access to the site, you should contact the journal. You will be required to provide evidence–such as a university website link to you biography–to demonstrate faculty status. You must also agree not to share teaching notes with others in order to prevent widespread distribution.
Q: How do I write a case study for MCR?
A: The Muma Case Review has a separate site for the submission and peer review of cases. Brief instructions for getting started and site access can be found on the Authors page of this website.
Q: How do I become a reviewer for MCR cases?
A: The Muma Case Review encourages experienced case writers to become reviewers and to mentor authors. Brief instructions for getting started and site access can be found on the Reviewers page of this website.