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Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice

Our purpose is to develop cases on entrepreneurship that significantly advance understanding of specific entrepreneurial situations and provide a means by which to teach the practice of entrepreneurship in the classroom. After successful peer review, cases will be made available on the journal website.

All cases submitted must be accompanied by a Teaching Note used to prepare the case. Only the main case document will be published on the journal website. The Teaching Note will be available to instructors upon request.

Cases will be evaluated on (1) their appropriateness for entrepreneurship classes, (2) the importance, timeliness, and provocativeness of the decision focus, (3) the completeness and quality of data, (4) writing style, and (5) organization. The quality of the Teaching Note will also be used as criteria to evaluate the publication potential of submissions.

The copyright of published cases will remain with the author(s). However, only unpublished, noncopyrighted cases should be submitted for review.

Case writers should submit a case with separate title page and a Teaching Note (the latter submitted as a separate document from the case).

The title page should be uploaded independently of the main document. Include the title of the case and the name, affiliation, address, telephone number, e-mail address and fax number of each author. This page should also contain any acknowledgments of assistance and notice of prior or pending presentations, or publication of early drafts in textbooks.

First page
The first page of the case should contain a short descriptive title, an abstract of not more than 100 words (single spaced).

The case must be typed using a 10-11 pt. font (Times New Roman preferred) and double spaced (except for abstract). An appropriate heading (centered) and sub-heading(s) (left justified) should be used to segment the manuscript to enhance readability.

Please use footnotes, not endnotes. Additionally, footnotes should be used only for clarification that is not appropriate for the body of the manuscript. If used they should be numbered consecutively and married at the appropriate place in the text.

All tables, charts, and graphs should be labeled as Exhibits. They should be numbered consecutively and placed at the end of the manuscript. Within the manuscript, there should be no parenthetical reference of the form (see Exhibit 1). Instead, indicate the appropriate placement of each exhibit by inserting a (centered) notation immediately following the paragraph for which the exhibit information is most relevant. The notation should be of the form:

Insert Exhibit 1 Here

Citations in the text of the case and the Teaching Note should be used sparingly for work that is quoted, or where otherwise appropriate. The citations should include the author's(s') last name(s), year of publication, and when quoting, the page numbers. Referencing for material provided in Exhibits is also necessary. All publications cited in the case or used to develop the case should be listed alphabetically by first author's last name in the References section (double-spaced) at the end of the case. Both citations and references should conform to the latest edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association.

Teaching notes are not published. However, all cases submitted to Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice must be accompanied by a Teaching Note. Although there are probably as many ways to construct a teaching note as there are to prepare a case, there are certain data that must be provided if the teaching note is to be of any value. The following approach has worked well.

Case Objectives
The teaching note should clearly specify the objectives of the case. For example, the objectives of "Case of the Enigmatic Entrepreneur" were to provide students with the opportunity to define and discuss how ethical behavior may clash with business opportunities and to reflect on how entrepreneurs and consultants should conduct themselves when they do (Hench, Chrisman, & Schweiger, 1992).

Case Synopsis
The teaching note should provide a brief synopsis of the case, usually not exceeding one to two pages. A good synopsis allows the instructor to get a feel for the contents of the case as he or she makes final preparations for class. It should also refocus the instructor's attention on the key issues of the case.

Intended Use
Third, the teaching note should provide information on how the case was intended to be used. This section should mention the course or courses where the case could be taught, whether the case should be used early or late in the term, how many class periods are needed to effectively teach the material, and so on.

The teaching note should provide a comprehensive set of topical questions which form a framework for teaching the case in class. A good set of questions should take the students from a broad survey of the situation to specific analysis and recommendations for decision making. It is also desirable to provide a set of secondary questions which might be used to enhance the discussion of the main issues, if time permits.

Case Analysis
By far the most important part of any teaching note is devoted to case analysis. The case analysis should be specific in its content and provide a consistent perspective on the issues of the case. Naturally, there is more than one way to teach a case and often more than one possible course of action that might be viable. While it is usually not possible for the teaching note to cover every one of these, it is desirable for a set of alternatives to be presented and one recommended. It is also desirable to provide the supporting analysis and logic used to arrive at the recommended plan of action. Of course, some instructors will have different viewpoints and arrive at different conclusions. Nevertheless, since case authors are most familiar with the material, it is their responsibility to provide as complete an analytical picture as possible and develop a "solution" that best fits the facts as they see them.

An epilogue to the case should be included in the teaching note if information on the decision of the entrepreneur and fate of the venture is known. Students frequently want to know "what happened" and many instructors like to be in a position to provide that information.

Manuscripts must be submitted electronically via email to the Case Editor, J. Kay Keels, at ET& Please closely follow the suggested guidelines above to ensure a smooth review process.

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