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Ancient Leadership Series for SAGE Business Cases

Since 2018, SAGE Business Cases (SBC) has been inviting authors to contribute to its Ancient Leadership series. This year’s series will explore “The Stakes and Sacrifices of Leadership” through history, mythology, philosophy, and material culture.

Case proposals are due by January 31, 2021. Proposed cases may address issues related to the costs and compromises associated with gaining power and keeping it, how leaders balance the stakes and manage risk while in office, philosophical and historical accounts of “the self-sacrificing leader,” and perspectives on what makes leadership “worth it”…or not. For additional themes and topics that may be treated in these cases, as well as links to case guidelines and templates, see the full SBC call for submissions here.

We are interested in sources from diverse cultures, not merely limited to Greece and Rome, but also the Americas, Africa, India, China, etc. We also seek to represent an inclusive array of individuals and leadership scenarios in ancient societies, especially in terms of gender, social status, economic class, and occupation. This project is a chance for those of us who work in the ancient world to experiment with a very mainstream method of leadership pedagogy and hopefully to teach a wider audience about the central importance of the humanities for leadership study and training.

For a sample case from our past  “Becoming a Leader” series, see here.

Case proposals can be submitted via this form. Each case proposal submission will consist of a case abstract and a set of proposed learning outcomes. The abstract (no more than 200 words) should provide a succinct overview of your case, giving SBC users a quick snapshot to assess your case’s relevance to their classroom or research needs. It should also highlight the relevant decision point of your case. The learning outcomes should enumerate the specific learning goals of the case, highlighting what students should take away from the case, and emphasizing the key lessons the material intends to impart. They should be formatted as a bulleted list, with no more than six individual learning outcomes.

Authors will be notified of proposal decisions by mid-February, 2021. An online session for accepted authors will be held in mid-March to discuss writing effective business cases and field authors’ questions about the publication process; this will be scheduled at a time to be accessible to the greatest number of participants. Authors are expected to submit their case narratives (1000-5000 words), along with companion teaching notes, by June 1, 2021, for review by the series editor and the SBC developmental editors. Authors will be compensated by SAGE when their case materials are accepted for publication.

Please don’t hesitate to email Irene Morrison-Moncure (imm270@nyu.edu) at any point with questions on the series, the publication process, etc.

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