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Cases submitted to the Case Portal must meet the following criteria in order to be featured:

  • Page 1 must include the title of the case and the following phrase at the bottom: "Case published by name and affiliation of the author or authors. Year of publication".
  • All cases published will feature the UPF Barcelona School of Management logo along with that of the institution to which the author or authors belong.
  • The text must be written in Times New Roman font, size 12, with 1.5 line spacing and non-indented paragraphs. Titles must be left aligned.
  • Cases may be written in Catalan, Spanish or English.
  • Tables, graphs and figures will be referred to as figures and must either be original or indicate the source and listed in numerical order (such as figure 1, figure 2, etc.). Titles must be located underneath the figure. Due to formatting issues, authors must not assume that figures will appear in the same place as in their original text, and should therefore avoid the use of phrases such as "in the following figure..." or "in the figure on page 11", etc. Authors must instead use the number to refer to the figure, such as "figure 2 shows...", for example.
  • Bibliographical references must appear in parentheses, referring to the author or authors, the year of publication and the relevant page or pages, such as: (Blake, 1992: 72-83), Blake (1992:22) or (Blake et al., 1992: 72-83). Any words or phrases written in another language must be placed in italics. Bibliographical references must be placed at the end of the work under the title "Bibliographical references", alphabetically ordered according to author and the following formats for regulations, articles, papers presented at conferences, and books:
    • BENJAMIN, J.J. i BRENNER, V.C. (1974) "Perceptions of Journal Quality" The Accounting Review, April, 99.360-362.
    • PINA, V., i TORRES, L. (1999) "Análisis de la Información Externa, Financiera y de Gestión de las Administraciones Públicas", Instituto de Contabilidad y Auditoría de Cuentas, Madrid.
  • References to the same author and year must be differentiated by means of a letter placed after the corresponding date (for example, 2000a, 2000b, etc.). Letters should be ordered chronologically, or if dates are unknown, according to the alphabetical order of the works cited.
  • Each work must be structured in sections, sub-sections and other smaller divisions within these. The divisions must be structured in the following fashion:
    • 1.2.1. Main sub-sections in italics (font size 12)
    • Secondary sub-sections in normal script (font size 12)
  • The case may be structured as follows:
    • Introduction and brief company history
    • General description of the sector, the competition, opportunities and threats
    • Description of the company's current situation and the key elements to be analysed
    • Issues to be resolved
    • Annexes
    • Bibliographical references

All cases should be sent along with their adjoining technical note to

Technical Note

Apart from adhering to the style and format guidelines outlined in the regulations for case publication, the technical note must feature the following sections:

  1. Case synopsis
  2. Target audience: state those to whom the case is of interest, whether undergraduate, Master's or post-graduate students or professionals in the sector, etc.
  3. Learning objectives and key elements
  4. Form of teaching: describe how the case may be used in class. Suggest, for example, open questions that may be asked to stimulate debate; offer ideas for group work; suggest how learning may be consolidated at the end of the case session, etc.
  5. Questions for debate: list questions for promoting debate on the case in class.
  6. Response to the issues to have emerged in the case.
  7. Case antecedents: provide references to complementary material relevant to the case or other related material. Information may also be provided on "what happened next", which is often of interest to the students.
  8. Multimedia: Include links to video and audio clips relevant to the case.