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South Asian Journal of Business and Management Cases

South Asian Journal of Business and Management Cases

Published in Association with Birla Institute of Management Technology
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Business & Management

eISSN: 23210303 | ISSN: 22779779 | Current volume: 12 | Current issue: 3 Frequency: 3 Times/Year
South Asian Journal of Business and Management Cases (SAJBMC) is a peer-reviewed, tri-annual journal of the Birla Institute of Management Technology, Greater Noida (India). The journal aims to provide a space for high-quality Qualitative Case Study Research (QCSR), thus all qualitative studies that follow Case Methodology shall be considered. Within QCSR we consider the five types of manuscript, these include Phenomenon-based, Phenomenon Extension, Theory Building, Review studies suggesting future opportunities for doing QCSR and Methodological studies that either inform how to do QCSR or extend ways of doing QCSR. A brief description of each of these can be found in the Aims and Scope.

Publication of Hypothetical and Survey Driven Research, do not fall under the domain of BMC. The journal strictly does not accept Teaching Cases.

This journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

South Asian Journal of Business and Management Cases (SAJBMC) is a peer-reviewed, tri-annual journal of the Birla Institute of Management Technology, Greater Noida (India). The journal aims to provide a space for high-quality Qualitative Case Study Research (QCSR), thus all qualitative studies that follow Case Methodology shall be considered. Within QCSR we consider the five types of manuscript, these include Phenomenon-based, Phenomenon Extension, Theory Building, Review studies suggesting future opportunities for doing QCSR and Methodological studies that either inform how to do QCSR or extend ways of doing QCSR. A brief description of each of these can be found in the Aims and Scope.
Publication of Hypothetical and Survey Driven Research, do not fall under the domain of BMC. The journal strictly does not accept Teaching Cases.

SAJBMC accepts only qualitative case study research

Qualitative Case Study Research

Case study research is primarily known to be a part of the qualitative methodologies, although, that isn’t necessarily always the case. This Journal however, aims to publish only qualitative case study research hence, Case Research, that are built on quantitative data collection and analysis also fall out of its scope.

To define the scope of qualitative case study research for this journal we draw from the works of six prominent advocates of the qualitative case study research. These include (in alphabetical order), Ann Langley, Dennis Gioia, Kathleen Eisenhardt, Robert Stake, Robert Yin, and Sharon Merriam.

Hence, for us, qualitative case study research is:

“answering ‘how’ and ‘why’ questions in the study of a contemporary phenomenon, bounded in a real-life context, and anchored in previous theory(ies). Where the unit of data should be purposefully and/or theoretically selected and captured with in-depth insights of the complexities involved. Further, the analysis of the data should be done inductively with one of the two purposes – extend current knowledge on the phenomenon and theory or generate new knowledge on the phenomenon and building new theory”.

Why Qualitative Case Study Research Only

A qualitative method such as Case Study advances the understanding of the phenomenon by asking question like How, What and Why and follows qualitative process of enquiry. Using naturalistic data with rich description, and explanatory framework with theoretical anchoring deepens understanding of complex phenomenon. To support this in-depth inquiry, subject recruitment is done by purposive and or theoretical sampling. Data collection, and interpretation typically occur simultaneously. As data are collected, analysis begins with a process of coding in which the researcher identifies and names the theoretical concepts that appear in the data. Preliminary analysis of data gathered from early subjects informs recruitment and data collection for later subjects with whom emerging concepts are probed more fully. Concepts are examined for inter-relationships and assembled into a theoretical framework that advances understanding of the phenomenon.

For such a study the approach of theoretical anchoring is to show the limits of the theory where it fails to explain the phenomenon. This is done by drawing the boundary of the context very carefully. Once the boundaries are found, the new understanding about either the phenomenon or the theory or both can emerge once the limits are crossed. For example, the competitiveness of a multispecialty hospital has been studied by many researchers. Adding another study to that will not generate new knowledge. But once the environment is described as highly dynamic, the scenario changes. The researcher then focuses on the agility or resilience dimensions of the competitiveness and lands in a territory that is sparsely researched. New understanding and hence contribution may emerge.

With the possibility of generating new knowledge, a qualitative case study research not only increases the contribution of the research but also enhances the potential of citation – a much desired feature for a case research journal.

Developing Research Questions for Qualitative Case Study Research

As stated in the definition, the ‘how’ and ‘why’ questions are not questions that study causal relationships between variables. Instead they pertain to ‘issue based’ questions. What do we mean by issue based questions for qualitative case study research is stated here.

So, when should you use a case study approach?

Like any other research, it is important to ensure whether Qualitative Case Study Research is the appropriate strategy for the study being undertaking. Hence, before going forward with the study, the author should establish the rationale behind taking this approach. Further, one can consider whether to opt for with single-case study approach of multiple-case study approach. The guidelines to provide rationale about the case study approach can be found here.

Components of Qualitative Case Study Research

There are three components in the qualitative case study research which should clearly be explained in the manuscript. These are ‘Phenomenon’, ‘Context’ and ‘Theoretical Anchoring’. The meaning, relevance and confluence of the three can be found here

Data Capturing, Data Analysis and Rigour

Researchers have provided different ways of capturing and analyzing data for a qualitative case study research; however, we advocate in-depth interviews for data capturing and the use of Gioia Methodology for data analysis. Nonetheless, one may use different qualitative analysis process that can show rigour of research process. The link to the paper by Gioia, Corley and Hamilton (2012) is given here to understand the process of data capturing and analysis:

Please note that the choice of the method depends on the philosophical underpinning of the researcher (positivist, interpretivist or constructivist). In our journal we consider manuscripts that are built on interpretivist and constructive grounding. Hence, although, we advocate Gioia Method for analysis, we also encourage the authors to use Constructivist Grounded Theory, Phenomenology, Narrative Analysis, Thematic Analysis or Qualitative Content Analysis as their data analysis strategy. It is imperative to remember, that the research design should be qualitative case study research, however, analysis can be chosen based on the need of the study. Qualitative case study research provides this flexibility.

Ensuring Quality

Many researchers have, discussed about quality parameters in Qualitative Case Study Research. However, for the sake of simplicity and rigour at the same time, we draw from the works of Sharon Merriam and Robert Stake as discussed here.

Structure of a Qualitative Case Study Research

Although the structure of a qualitative case study research is similar to that of other qualitative research manuscripts, however, the need to of context and theory expansion/building requires key elements to be included in the structure. Hence, thoroughly go through the structure and checklist here.

SAJBMC aspires to be known as a qualitative case focused research journal which

1. Publishes ORIGINAL qualitative case study researches preferably from South Asia
2. Selects cases that clearly bifurcate between PHENOMENON, CONTEXT and THEORETICAL ANCHORING but written at the confluence of these three.
3. Reviews cases with an approach to IMPROVE rather than to reject
4. Provides SUPPORT to understand Qualitative Case Study Research
5. Responds QUICKLY: Revolving Door Desk review within 5-6 weeks and Transparent Peer review within 5-6 months
In short, SAJBMC is a bouquet of qualitative cases study researches primarily from South Asia. However, we do accept cases globally.

The preferred manuscripts

As we expand the scope of the Journal we expect consider following 5 types of manuscripts
1) Phenomenon bases QCSR
2) Phenomenon Extension QCSR
3) Theory Extension or Theory Building QCSR
4) Review articles that provide avenues for future QCSR
5) Methodological articles that explains the process of QCSR or extends the methodology of conducting QCSR
Further elaboration of the types of preferred manuscripts can be found here.

For the first three types of manuscript please ensure the following:
• Cases studying CONTEMPORARY phenomenon in SPECIFIC context
• NOT written with more than two-year-old issues/data

We also look forward to process studies as developed by Ann Langley

Some of the paper that will be provide significant insights in developing a high quality case study research are:

Siggelkow, N. (2007). Persuasion with case studies. Academy of management journal, 50(1), 20-24.

Pratt, M. G. (2009). From the editors: For the lack of a boilerplate: Tips on writing up (and reviewing) qualitative research. Academy of management journal, 52(5), 856-862.

Gehman, J., Glaser, V. L., Eisenhardt, K. M., Gioia, D., Langley, A., & Corley, K. G. (2018). Finding theory–method fit: A comparison of three qualitative approaches to theory building. Journal of Management Inquiry, 27(3), 284-300.

Cunliffe, A. L., & Alcadipani, R. (2016). The politics of access in fieldwork: Immersion, backstage dramas, and deception. Organizational research methods, 19(4), 535-561.

Cloutier, C., & Langley, A. (2020). What makes a process theoretical contribution?. Organization Theory, 1(1), 2631787720902473.

Langley, A. N. N., Smallman, C., Tsoukas, H., & Van de Ven, A. H. (2013). Process studies of change in organization and management: Unveiling temporality, activity, and flow. Academy of management journal, 56(1), 1-13.

Houghton, Catherine, Dympna Casey, David Shaw, and Kathy Murphy. "Rigour in qualitative case-study research." Nurse researcher 20, no. 4 (2013).

Boblin, S. L., Ireland, S., Kirkpatrick, H., & Robertson, K. (2013). Using Stake’s qualitative case study approach to explore implementation of evidence-based practice. Qualitative health research, 23(9), 1267-1275.

Harrison, H., Birks, M., Franklin, R., & Mills, J. (2017, January). Case study research: Foundations and methodological orientations. In Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung/Forum: Qualitative Social Research (Vol. 18, No. 1).

Cases will be denied for publication if they

· Are NOT qualitative case study research

· Do NOT study a recent phenomenon of interest

· Selected phenomenon is a part of MBA course (Research topics should be beyond MBA courses).

· Do NOT have theoretical contributions

· ONLY describes the context. Provides answers to ‘What?’. Does not raise ‘Why?’ and ‘How?’ issue based questions. The research questions formulated based on the outcome of ‘What?’ tend to be shallow and may NOT be researchable.

· Are written with more than two-year-old issues/data

· Are HYPOTHESIS based empirical researches

· Are TEACHING cases

· Situation is FICTITIOUS

· Written in an autobiographical mode highlighting a person living or dead

You may like to check the editorial to better understand, if you are on the right path

Seminal Case Study Research

Historically, case study research was not prevalently used. However, some famous studies, which changed the course of organizational studies, were primarily case study research. Please note that these are not qualitative case study research however, they clearly show how confluence of context and phenomenon to develop theory. You can read the brief about these studies here.

Recipe for desk rejection

Despite availability of plethora of literature on writing qualitative case study research, we have seen that most cases submitted to the Journal face desk rejection. Although, we have a policy to Improve over Reject, many manuscripts that are submitted to do fulfill the minimum quality parameter. Detailed pointers explaining the common reasons for desk rejection are provided here.

Abhishek, P., & Pratap, M. (2020). Achieving Lean Warehousing Through Value Stream Mapping. South Asian Journal of Business and Management Cases, 9(3), 387-401.

Eisenhardt, K. (1989). Building Theory from case study research. Academy of Management Review, 14, 532-550.

Gioia, D. A., & Chittipeddi, K. (1991). Sensemaking and sensegiving in strategic change initiation. Strategic Management Journal, 12, 433-448.

Gioia, D. A., Corley, K. G., & Hamilton, A. L. (2013). Seeking qualitative rigor in inductive research: Notes on the Gioia methodology. Organizational research methods, 16(1), 15-31.

Given, L. M. (Ed.). (2008). The Sage encyclopedia of qualitative research methods. Sage publications.

Langley, A. (1999). Strategies for theorizing from process data. Academy of Management Review, 24, 691-710.

Lincoln, Y. S., & Guba, E. G. (1985). Naturalistic inquiry. Thousand Oaks: CA: SAGE.

Malkamäki, K., Hiltunen, E., & Aromaa, E. (2021). The Role of Trust in the Strategic Management Process: A Case Study of Finnish Grocery Retail Company Kesko Ltd. South Asian Journal of Business and Management Cases, 10(1), 21-34.

Merriam, S. B. (2009). Qualitative research: A guide to design and implementation (2nd ed.). San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

Stake, R. (1995). The Art of Case Study Research. Thousand Oaks: CA: SAGE.

Yin, R. (2018). Case Study Research and Applications: Design and Methods (6th ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE.

A K Dey Birla Institute of Management Technology, Greater Noida, India
Founding Editor
(Late) G D Sardana Birla Institute of Management Technology, Greater Noida, India
Editorial Board
Anjan Ghosh Narxoz Business School, Narxoz University, Kazakhstan
Hanna Lehtimaki University of Eastern Finland, Finland
Paresha Sinha Associate Professor, The University of Waikato, New Zealand
Tojo Thatchenkery Professor and Director of the M.S. in Organization Development & Knowledge Management program, Schar School of Policy & Government, George Mason University, Arlington, Virginia, USA
Assistant Editor
Shreya Mishra Birla Institute of Management Technology, Greater Noida, India
Editorial Team
Esa Hiltunen Senior Lecturer in Innovation Management, University of Eastern Finland, Finland
Nafisa Yeasmin Doctor of Social Sciences, Project Manager, Arctic Centre, University of Lapland, Rovaniemi
Veenu Sharma Assistant Professor, Retail and Marketing, Birla Institute of Management Technology, Greater Noida, India
Advisory Editorial Board: Patron
Harivansh Chaturvedi Director, Birla Institute of Management Technology, Greater Noida, India
Advisory Editorial Members
Alur Sivakumar Professor of Marketing, VIT Business School, Vellore Institute of Technology, Tamil Nadu, India
Anna-Maija Lämsä Professor of Human Resource Management, School of Business and Economics, Jyväskylä University, Finland
Anupam Varma Dean (Academics), Birla Institute of Management Technology, Greater Noida, India
Arunaditya Sahay Professor and Dean, Centre for Research Studies, Birla Institute of Management Technology, Greater Noida, India
Deepak Khazanchi Professor of Information Systems & Quantitative Analysis, College of Information Science & Technology, University of Nebraska at Omaha
H. M. Jha "Bidyarthi" Professor and Head Department of Business Admin. and Research, Shri Sant Gajanan Maharaj College of Engineering Shegaon, Maharashtra, India
Indranil Bose Dean, School of Business, University of Bolton, RAK, UAE
Isni Andriana Lecturer of Economic Faculty, Sriwijaya University, Indonesia
Jan-Jan Soon Associate Professor, School of Economics, Finance & Banking (SEFB), Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM), Malaysia
Jashim Uddin Ahmed School of Business & Economics, North South University, Dhaka, Bangladesh
John Varlaro Professor, College of Business, Johnson & Wales University, USA
John Walsh Associate Dean of International College Krirk University, Bangkok, Thailand
Ken Nishikawa Professor, Konan University, Kobe, Japan
M M Sulphey Professor, Department of Human Resources, Prince Sattam bin Abdulaziz University, Saudi Arabia
Matthew Mullarkey Director, DBA Program, Muma College of Business, University of South Florida, USA
Mustaghis-ur-Rehman Senior Professor, Management Studies Department, Bahria University, Karachi, Pakistan
P A P Samantha Kumara Professor of Marketing, Faculty of Management and Finance, University of Ruhuna, Sri Lanka
Paivi Eriksson Professor of Management, University of Eastern Finland, Finland
Raminta Pucetaite Associate Professor, Vilnius University Kaunas Faculty of Humanities, Lithuania
Ravi Kumar Jain Director and Professor of Finance, Symbiosis Institute of Business Management, Hyderabad, India
Sandeep Puri Asian Institute of Management, Philippines
Sarath W. S. B. Dasanayaka Faculty of Business, Department of Management & Technology, University of Moratuwa, Moratuwa, Sri Lanka
Sonia Mehrotra Professor – Centre of Excellence for Case Development & Case Studies, Welingkar Institute of Management, Mumbai, India
Tahir Ali Faculty of Management and Administrative Sciences, University of Karachi, Karachi, Pakistan
Venkat Yanamandram Associate Professor of Marketing, Faculty of Business and Law, University of Wollongong, Australia
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    South Asian Journal of Business and Management Cases is hosted on Sage Peer Review; a web based online submission and peer review system. Please read the Manuscript Submission guidelines below, and then visit to login and submit your article online.

    Only manuscripts of sufficient quality that meet the aims and scope of South Asian Journal of Business and Management Cases (SAJBMC) will be reviewed.

    There are no fees payable to submit or publish in this Journal. Open Access options are available - see section 3.3 below.

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    1. What do we publish?

    1.1 Aims & Scope
    1.2 Article types
    1.3 Writing your paper

    2. Editorial policies

    2.1 Peer review policy
    2.2 Authorship
    2.3 Acknowledgements
    2.4 Funding
    2.5 Declaration of conflicting interests
    2.6 Research data

    3. Publishing Policies

    3.1 Publication ethics
    3.2 Contributor’s publishing agreement
    3.3 Open access and author archiving

    4. Preparing your manuscript

    4.1 Formatting
    4.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics
    4.3 Supplemental material
    4.4 Reference style

    5. Submitting your manuscript

    5.1 Information required for completing your submission
    5.2 Permissions

    6. On acceptance and publication

    6.1 Sage Production
    6.2 Online First publication
    6.3 Access to your published article
    6.4 Promoting your article

    7. Further information

    1. What do we publish?

    1.1 Aims & Scope

    Before submitting your manuscript to South Asian Journal of Business and Management Cases (SAJBMC), please ensure you have read the Aims & Scope.

    1.2 Article types

    South Asian Journal of Business and Management Cases (SAJBMC)  invites stimulating original, unpublished qualitative case study research, based on primary data, or significant experience of learning on various facets of management. Pure and applied research does not fall under the domain of SAJBMC. Fictitious 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.

    For Preferred Case Focus Pleas See Aim and Scope

    Authors should ensure consent and anonymity of the participants of the study and follow Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

    Please format your submissions as per the following guidelines:

    • Abstract: 300 hundred words abstract, which briefly includes the purpose of the study, the phenomenon and context studied, the methodology adapted, and the theoretical contributions
    • Keywords (5–7 words).
    • For detailed structure of the paper please click here.
    • All submissions should only be in MS word document. 
    • Follow APA style. Take extra care in the reference section. Check if all citations are appearing in the reference section and vice- versa.
    • Remove all notes. Convert them into citation and referencing. For a case written with the help of secondary data, endnotes may be retained.
    • Ensure the proper style of citation and referencing for materials downloaded from the website. 
    • All figures and tables should be in black and white. Colour displays are not acceptable.
    • Please remember that in a black and white print, reproduction of half-tone figures is of poor quality. 
    • As much as possible avoid copy paste of tables and graphs. Redraw afresh. Copy pasted figures or tables are not accepted.
    • Each table and each figure should have table and figure numbers and titles. Separate numbering for tables and figures. Each table and figure must have a source.
    • The entire document, including tables, figures, and graphs, must be in Times New Roman 12 point font size with 1.5 line spacing. 
    • Exercise utmost care to avoid spelling and grammatical errors. Proofread the copy carefully. Take help of experts
    • The full document, including abstract, tables, figures, graphs and references, should not exceed 7000 words.
    • For the benefit of the international audience, all financial figures expressed in any currency should have USD equivalent as well. Units of million and billion should be used.
    • 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.
    • No need to submit a teaching note. Please note the journal of publishes only research case studies.
    • 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 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 percent 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.

    1.3 Writing your paper

    The Sage Author Gateway has some general advice and on how to get published, plus links to further resources. Sage Author Services also offers authors a variety of ways to improve and enhance their article including English language editing, plagiarism detection, and video abstract and infographic preparation.

    1.3.1 Make your article
    For information and guidance on how to make your article more discoverable, visit our Gateway page on How to Help Readers Find Your Article Online How to Help Readers Find Your Article Online

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    2. Editorial policies

    2.1 Peer review policy

    Papers received will first undergo editorial scrutiny to judge suitability. The shortlisted papers will go through a double-blind peer-review process. The journal uses TURNITIN software to check the originality of submissions.

    Differentiated Review Process
    SAJBMC distinguishes itself in the 'structure' and 'approach' of its unique review process.

    Revolving Door Desk Review:
    We ensure that the initial desk review is completed in five to six weeks’ time. The outcome of this stage decides if the case can be taken forward for peer review. Quick turnaround time helps the author to revise and resubmit or, for cases, the author may consider some other journal. Authors are encouraged to remind the editor if Desk Review is taking more than three weeks.

    Transparent Peer Review:
    It is a blind review by two is generally completed in three to four months. Cases are accepted only if both reviewers recommend 'Acceptance'. Any dispute is resolved by the editor. The SAJBMC reviews are done with an approach of 'Review and Improve' and not 'Review and Reject'.

    We work with those see a potential to convert them into good research publications. We provide detailed tips for to authors who are in their early stage of career.

    2.2 Authorship

    All parties who have made a substantive contribution to the article should be listed as authors. Principal authorship, authorship order, and other publication credits should be based on the relative scientific or professional contributions of the individuals involved, regardless of their status. A student is usually listed as principal author on any multiple-authored publication that substantially derives from the student’s dissertation or thesis.

    If the named authors for a manuscript change at any point between submission and acceptance, an Authorship Change Form must be completed and digitally signed by all authors (including any added or removed) . An addition of an author is only permitted following feedback raised during peer review. Completed forms can be uploaded at Revision Submission stage or emailed to the Journal Editorial Office contact (listed on the journal’s manuscript submission guidelines). All requests will be moderated by the Editor and/or Sage staff.

    Important: Changes to the author by-line by adding or deleting authors are NOT permitted following acceptance of a paper.

    Please note that AI chatbots, for example ChatGPT, should not be listed as authors. For more information see the policy on Use of ChatGPT and generative AI tools.

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    2.3 Acknowledgements

    All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in an Acknowledgements section. Examples of those who might be acknowledged include a person who provided purely technical help, or a department chair who provided only general support. 

    Please supply any personal acknowledgements separately to the main text to facilitate anonymous peer review.

    2.3.1 Writing assistance
    Individuals who provided assistance, e.g. a specialist communications company, do not qualify as authors and so should be included in the Acknowledgements section. Authors must disclose any writing assistance – including the individual’s name, company and level of input – and identify the entity that paid for this assistance. It is not necessary to disclose use of language polishing services.

    2.4 Funding

    South Asian Journal of Business and Management Cases requires all authors to acknowledge their funding in a consistent fashion under a separate heading.  Please visit the Funding Acknowledgements page the Sage Journal Author Gateway to confirm the format of the acknowledgment text in the event of funding, or state that: This research received no specific grant from any funding agency in the public, commercial, or not-for-profit sectors. 

    2.5 Declaration of conflicting interests

    South Asian Journal of Business and Management Cases encourages authors to include a declaration of any conflicting interests and recommends you review the good practice guidelines on the Sage Journal Author Gateway.

    2.6 Research data

    The journal is committed to facilitating openness, transparency and reproducibility of research, and has the following research data sharing policy. For more information, including FAQs please visit the Sage Research Data policy pages.

    Subject to appropriate ethical and legal considerations, authors are encouraged to:

    • share your research data in a relevant public data repository
    • include a data availability statement linking to your data. If it is not possible to share your data, we encourage you to consider using the statement to explain why it cannot be shared.
    • cite this data in your research

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    3. Publishing Policies

    3.1 Publication ethics

    Sage is committed to upholding the integrity of the academic record. We encourage authors to refer to the Committee on Publication Ethics’ International Standards for Authors and view the Publication Ethics page on the Sage Author Gateway

    The author(s) should include an ethical statement in the manuscript regarding informed consent when collecting data from human subjects. These include taking consent from the participants, maintaining anonymity of the participants. Providing information about the study and how their information shall be used in the study.

    3.1.1 Plagiarism
    South Asian Journal of Business and Management Cases (SAJBMC) and Sage take issues of copyright infringement, plagiarism or other breaches of best practice in publication very seriously. We seek to protect the rights of our authors and we always investigate claims of plagiarism or misuse of published articles. Equally, we seek to protect the reputation of the Journal against malpractice. Submitted articles may be checked with duplication-checking software. Authors must provide a report of Plagiarism checked with preferably Turnitin software. The acceptable level of similarity index for the text of an article checked without references, tables, figures and exhibits is 10% or less. Where an article, for example, is found to have plagiarized other work or included third-party copyright material without permission or with insufficient acknowledgement, or where the authorship of the article is contested, we reserve the right to take action including, but not limited to: publishing an erratum or corrigendum (correction); retracting the article; taking up the matter with the head of department or dean of the author's institution and/or relevant academic bodies or societies; or taking appropriate legal action.
    For each case, the upper limit of similarity index is currently fixed at 15%.

    3.1.2 Prior publication
    If material has been previously published it is not generally acceptable for publication in a Sage journal. However, there are certain circumstances where previously published material can be considered for publication. Please refer to the guidance on the Sage Author Gateway or if in doubt, contact the Editor at the address given below.

    3.2 Contributor’s publishing agreement

    Before publication, Sage requires the author as the rights holder to sign a Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement. Sage’s Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement is an exclusive agreement which means that the author retains copyright in the work but grants Sage the sole and exclusive right and to publish for the full legal term of copyright. Exceptions may exist where an assignment of copyright is required or preferred by a proprietor other than Sage. In this case copyright in the work will be assigned the author to the society. For more visit the Sage Author Gateway

    3.3 Open access and author archiving

    South Asian Journal of Business and Management Cases offers optional open access publishing via the Sage Choice programme and Open Access agreements, where authors can publish open access either discounted or free of charge depending on the agreement with Sage. Find out if your institution is participating by visiting Open Access Agreements at Sage. For more information on Open Access publishing options at Sage please visit Sage Open Access. For information on funding body compliance, and depositing your article in repositories, please visit Sage’s Author Archiving and Re-Use Guidelines and Publishing Policies.

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    4. Preparing your manuscript for submission

    4.1 Formatting

    The preferred format for your manuscript is Word. Word templates are available on the Manuscript Submission Guidelines page of our Author Gateway.

    4.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics

    For guidance on the preparation of illustrations, pictures and graphs in electronic format, please visit Sage’s Manuscript Submission Guidelines 

    • Figures, including maps, graphs and drawings, should not be larger than page size. They should be numbered and arranged as per their references in the text. All photographs and scanned images should have a resolution of minimum 300 dpi and 1,500 pixels and their format should be TIFF or JPEG. 
    • Due permissions should be taken for copyright protected photographs/images. Even for photographs/images available in the public domain, it should be clearly ascertained whether or not their reproduction requires permission for purposes of publishing (which is a profit-making endeavour).
    • All photographs/scanned images should be provided separately in a folder along with the main article.

    Please Note: All figures and tables should be cited in the text and should have the source (a specific URL, a reference or, if it is author’s own work, ‘The Author’) mentioned irrespective of whether or not they require permissions

    Figures supplied in colour will appear in colour online regardless of whether or not these illustrations are reproduced in colour in the printed version. For specifically requested colour reproduction in print, you will receive information regarding the costs from Sage after receipt of your accepted article.

    4.3 Supplemental material

    This journal is able to host additional materials online (e.g. datasets, podcasts, videos, images etc) alongside the full-text of the article. For more information please refer to our guidelines on submitting supplementary files

    4.4 Reference style

    South Asian Journal of Business and Management Cases adheres to the APA reference style. View the APA guidelines to ensure your manuscript conforms to this reference style.

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    5. Submitting your manuscript

    South Asian Journal of Business and Management Cases is hosted on Sage Peer Review; a web based online submission and peer review system. Please read the Manuscript Submission guidelines below, and then visit to login and submit your article online.

    Authors will be provided with a copyright form once the contribution is accepted for publication. The submission will be considered as final only after the filled-in and signed copyright form is received. In case there are two or more authors, the corresponding author needs to sign the copyright form.

    5.1 Information required for completing your submission

    You will be asked to provide contact details and academic affiliations for all co-authors via the submission system and identify who is to be the corresponding author. These details must match what appears on your manuscript. At this stage please ensure you have included all the required statements and declarations and uploaded any additional supplementary files (including reporting guidelines where relevant).

    5.2 Permissions

    Please also ensure that you have obtained any necessary permission from copyright holders for reproducing any illustrations, tables, figures or lengthy quotations previously published elsewhere. For further information including guidance on fair dealing for criticism and review, please see the Copyright and Permissions page on the Sage Author Gateway.

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    6. On acceptance and publication

    6.1 Sage Production

    Your Sage Production Editor will keep you informed as to your article’s progress throughout the production process. Proofs will be made available to the corresponding author via our editing portal Sage Edit or by email, and corrections should be made directly or notified to us promptly. Authors are reminded to check their proofs carefully to confirm that all author information, including names, affiliations, sequence and contact details are correct, and that Funding and Conflict of Interest statements, if any, are accurate.

    6.2 Online First publication

    Online First allows final articles (completed and approved articles awaiting assignment to a future issue) to be published online prior to their inclusion in a journal issue, which significantly reduces the lead time between submission and publication. Visit the Sage Journals help page for more details, including how to cite Online First articles.

    6.3 Access to your published article

    Sage provides authors with online access to their final article.

    6.4 Promoting your article

    Publication is not the end of the process! You can help disseminate your paper and ensure it is as widely read and cited as possible. The Sage Author Gateway has numerous resources to help you promote your work. Visit the Promote Your Article page on the Gateway for tips and advice.

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    7. Further information

    Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the manuscript submission process should be sent to the South Asian Journal of Business and Management Cases editorial office as follows: and

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