The Computational Society Case Study Challenge - 2018 (Closed)
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The advent of analytics and modern computational technologies (such as the Internet of Things (IoT)) is transforming how organizations and individuals make choices. Choice is the foundation of human life, and Bandura (2001) argues: “A functional consciousness involves purposive accessing and deliberative processing of information for selecting, constructing, regulating, and evaluating courses of action.” (p.3). The computational society is conducting its inaugural case study competition to focus on the transformation in choices due to the advent of computational technologies, along with the Association of Information Systems (AIS) student chapter. The competition requires writing a case study, and participants may choose from one of the three case study options:
 
  1. Retail Analytics and Automation of Choice (e.g., through IoT)
  2. Analytics to unravel choice process
  3. Computational technologies and well-being! (see below for a list of topics)
Participants are advised to start by reading the book:
How Computational Technologies Influence Choice: A Neuroscientific Perspective Part 1. By Dr. Pankaj Setia

Please write to competitions@thecomsociety.com for a free copy!

The case study competition is being conducted in two stages (see Table for a summary). The first stage is open to all, and the participation in the second stage is restricted to the top five finalists of stage 1 who are the student members of the Association of Information Systems (AIS) student chapter. 
 
    Stage I Stage II
Participation      
  Eligibility for participation Open to all (Academics and Executives), including AIS student chapter members Top 5 finalists in Stage 1 who are AIS student chapter members.
  Participation Fee Premium membership of TCS (Currently available for Free) www.thecomsociety.com Premium membership of TCS (Currently available for Free) + AIS student chapter membership
Submission      
  Submission Requirements A case study on one of the three topics mentioned above. Instructions to be sent to those who qualify.
  Due date for submission 5:00 PM CST, March 2, 2018 To be informed.
  Submission process Through email. To be informed.
Results Awards and Prizes      
  Results Finalists to be announced on or after March 12, 2018 Winner to be announced at the AIS Student Chapter Leadership Conference between April 12-14, 2018
  Cash Awards First place $500
Second place $300
Third place $200  
First place $2,000
Second place $1,000
Third place $500  
  Certificates Each participating student gets a certificate for participation.
Top five (5) submissions are given certificates indicating their rank.
 
  Premium Membership The first five (5) finalists get an additional premium membership. Top three (3) participants get an additional premium membership1.
  Publication Opportunities2 Top submissions may be invited for publication opportunity at The Computational Society website. Top ten (10) submissions of Stage I are automatically invited for publication consideration. The final decision to publish will depend on the review by the editorial team. Top submissions may be invited for publication opportunity at The Computational Society website. Top three (3) submissions of Stage II are automatically invited for publication consideration. The final decision to publish will depend on the review by the editorial team.

 
Submission Guidelines 
  • The participants are expected to submit the case study as a Word Document, 5-15 pages long (excluding references and appendix).
  • The document should specify the names of all the participants.
  • The submission should include a cover letter in the format found at http://thecomsociety.com/assets/competitionPDFs/Cover letter.docx.
  • The participants are suggested to use data, graphics, and figures to present their arguments.
    Refer to the Resources Section for access to resources for data and visualization.
     
 
Submission Process
  • Participants are requested to inform about their intent to participate in the competition as soon as possible by writing to competitions@thecomsociety.com
  • After you are provided access to the website, you will receive instructions to register at http://thecomsociety.com/register. Your membership will be upgraded to a premium membership after registration for no additional fee. Please note that all team members must register individually.
  • Email your entry to competitions@thecomsociety.com by 11:59 p.m. U.S. Eastern Time, March 2, 2018.
  • A confirmation email acknowledging your submission will be sent to you.
  • Stage I winners will be notified by email on or after March 12, 2018.
  • Finalists for Stage II will present their work in front of the judging panel at the AIS SCLC April 12-14, 2018, subject to the eligibility for participation.
    For more details contact competitions@thecomsociety.com

Evaluation Criteria
All entries will be evaluated by the judges on two major criteria: content and presentation. Judges will evaluate the case studies based on the following:
  • Clarity (how well the case study explains the topic)
  • Novelty/creativity (originality of thought)
  • Insight (how well the case study uses graphic aids to explain the data)
  • Utility (what is the value of case study to firms or society)
  • Completeness (degree to which the case study answers the chosen topic)
  • Depth (sophistication of the logic or analysis)
  • Consistency (conclusions consistent with the logic or analysis)
 
The points will be awarded based on the following:
  • Context (explaining what phenomenon does the case study examine) (20%)
  • Problem statement (identifying the problem) (10%)
  • Computational technology (explaining the features and capabilities of the technology) (10%)
  • Case dynamics (describing how the computational technology influences the context) (25%)
  • Tables and figures (giving an in-depth view into the above topics and may include data and analysis) (20%)
  • Conclusions (discussing the implications for society, organizations, or individuals (15%)
Your entry will be disqualified if–
  • It is submitted after the deadline.
  • The attachments won't open or are in the wrong file format.
  • You don't specify the chosen case study topic.
  • Team member names and college name are not in the case study.
  • The cover letter is missing.

1. If there is an overlap with the first stage winners of premium membership, only one membership will be awarded to the overlapping winner.
2. The publication process is different from the award process and not all (or any) submission may qualify for publication.