Certification Mentors

Rebecca Wilson-MahRebecca Wilson-Mah, MSc is Assistant Professor and a Chartered Professional in Human Resources (CPHR) with The School of Tourism and Hospitality Management, Royal Roads University, BC, Canada. Rebecca is a Board member of the CASE Association and a past member of The Case Journal Editorial Board. At Royal Roads University, Rebecca initiated and supports an interdisciplinary case research group between the Faculty of Applied and Social Sciences and the Faculty of Management. This group meets regularly as a community of practice building internal case research expertise while also connecting disciplines and perspectives. Rebecca is currently engaged in EdD studies in higher education.

Published cases and presentations:

  • Wilson-Mah, R. (2016). How do you solve a problem like Lucinda? TCJ578026. The CASE Journal, 12:1, 71-87
  • Wilson-Mah, R. (2016). The empress. TCJ578023. The CASE Journal, 12:1 , 3-26
  • Vega, G., Wilson-Mah R.F (2016). Special issue on hospitality and tourism, The CASE Journal, 12:1, 1-2
  • Developing a Community of Practice around Case Writing. (October 7, 2016). Abstract and Presentation. North American Case Research Association (NACRA) Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada.

David Desplaces, Ph.D. and CGBPDavid Desplaces, Ph.D. and CGBP, is Associate Professor at the College of Charleston, SC. He has led students in study-abroad courses to places such as Dubai, Cameron, and France where their global views and understanding are transformed. He has been VP of membership, VP of Programs, and President of The CASE Association and recently has been appointment Marketing Director. He was selected a fellow of The CASE Association. Dr. Desplaces serves as a role model to students who want to “give back” in meaningful ways.

Dr. Desplaces’ published research examines the geographical implications on the success and failure of new business ventures and franchises and continues to research the impact and importance of educational practices (especially distance education) on business ethics education.

Published cases include:

  • Congden, S & Desplaces, D.E. (2017).  Expat Pay & Compensation: Fair or Not Fair? The CASE Journal, 13 (2): 168-186.
  • Desplaces, D.E., Blockson, L. & Delaurell, R. (2010). Competing for New York’s Best Lobster Roll: Failed Trade Protection. The CASE Journal, 6 (2).
  • Desplaces, D.E. & McIntyre, N. K. (2009). Revising doing business in the Middle East. New England Journal of Entrepreneurship, 12 (1), 55-58.

Mary K. Foster, PhD, MBAMary K. Foster, PhD, MBA, is an Associate Professor at Morgan State University. Her research interests are team and organizational effectiveness, particularly in healthcare, educational, and innovation settings. Her research has been published in Small Group Research, Journal of the National Cancer Institute, SAGE Research Methods Cases, Case Research Journal, The CASE Journal, and the Journal of Critical Incidents (best paper award).

She is an accomplished business executive who has held executive positions at Sylvan Learning, Inc., Riverside Corporation, Mars, Inc., and General Electric. Her areas of expertise and experience in the corporate world include strategy, marketing, and innovation.

In addition to teaching and conducting research at Morgan, she is a champion of student learning and engagement. At Morgan, she leads the University Innovation Fellows Program and the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program for student innovators.

Published Cases:

  • Adeyinka, O., & Foster, M. K. (2017). Getting back on track: Change management at AfrobitLink Ltd. The CASE Journal, 13(1), 120-151. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/TCJ-08-2015-0042
  • Foster, M. K. (2016). Making a tough personnel decision at Nova Waterfront Hotel. The CASE Journal, 12(1), 27-48. doi:10.1108/TCJ-06-2015-0014
  • Foster, M. K., & Taylor, V. F. (2012). Organizational culture-diagnosis and feedback. In D. L. Anderson (Ed.), Cases and exercises in organization development and change (pp. 93-103). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.
  • Foster, M. K. (2009). Radio station WEAA: Leadership in a challenging situation. Case Research Journal, 29(3/4), 109-121.
  • Foster, M. K., & Abbey, A. (2008). Going live. Journal of Critical Incidents, 1, 30-34.
  • Foster, M. K., & Abbey, A. (2008). Same store sales growth: A question of ethics. Annual Advances of Business Cases, 28, 215-222.

Gina Vega, Ph.DGina Vega, Ph.D. is former Professor of Management at the Bertolon School of Business, Salem State University (MA). She has taught corporate social responsibility and entrepreneurship for 20 years and is widely published in academic journals, with more than 70 articles and cases, and seven books. Her most recent is the second edition of The Case Writing Workbook: A Self-Guided Workshop (Routledge/Taylor and Francis).

Dr. Vega is a Fulbright Specialist with assignments at St. Petersburg University, Russia (2010) and Cranfield University, UK (2012). She is past president of The CASE Association, a CASE Fellow, past Editor-in-Chief of The CASE Journal and past associate editor of the Journal of Management Education. Currently, she is Certification Coordinator for The CASE Association, Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Instructional Cases and Teaching Case Section Editor of Project Management Journal. Dr. Vega has received numerous awards for teaching, research, writing, and mentoring of case writers.

Selected publications include:

  • Vega, G. (2016). Leadership implications in complex projects: The Beoing Dreamline and Jim McNerney. Pmiteach.org. Project Management Institute.
  • Vega, G. & Simendinger, E. (2015). Opportunity recognition in a declining industry: The consultant’s role. The CASE Journal, 11.2
  • Vega, G. & Lam, M.S. ( 2014). Howling Wolf Taqueria: Feeding the good wolf. Case Research Journal.
  • Bahnan, N. & Vega, G.(2013). Tara Trade: A marketing challenge in Lebanon, Emerald Emerging Markets Case Studies.
  • Shirokova, G., Vega, G., & Kozyreva, T. (2013) DiPaul,Inc.: Transitioning in Measured Measured Steps. Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice.
  • Vega, G. & Ngugi, B. (2012). Unraveling Anonymous Criminal Networks: Lessons from a Cyber Defense Team, Journal of Applied Case Research. Vol 10, No. 1.
  • Vega. G., Dumas, C., Kahn, B. & Mana, J. (2011). KaBloom!: Revolution in the Flower Industry. New England Journal of Entrepreneurship.
  • Dumas, C., Hartstein, D., Kahn, B., Mana, J., Sergenian, G. & Vega, G. (2010). KaBloom Explodes on the Scene. Case Research Journal, 30 [1].

William NaumesWilliam Naumes is Associate Professor Emeritus of Management, University of New Hampshire. He received a bachelor’s degree in Industrial and Labor Relations and Masters in Business Administration from Cornell University. He received a PhD in Business from Stanford University. His research is in the areas of entrepreneurship, strategic management, and corporate social responsibility. He has written more than one hundred published cases and instructor’s notes. Professor Naumes is a Fellow of the North American Case Research Association (NACRA) and of the CASE Association. Together with Margaret Naumes, he was named a Distinguished Contributor to Casewriting by NACRA. He also served as Editor of the Case Research Journal. Professor Naumes was the co-recipient of the Curtis E. Tate Jr. Outstanding Case Writer Award, the Emerson Award for the Outstanding Case in Business Ethics, and the Gold Award at NACRA. He is co-author, with Margaret Naumes, of The Art and Craft of Case Writing, 3rd ed. (M.E. Sharpe, 2012).

Selected cases:

  • Naumes, W. & Naumes, M. (2015). The Green Alliance. Case Research Journal, 35.
  • Naumes, W. & Naumes, M. (2012) The Art & Craft of Case Writing, 3rd ed. Armonk: M.E. Sharpe.
  • Naumes, W. & Naumes, M. (2011). Stratton Auto. Case Research Journal, 31.
  • Merenda, M., Naumes, W., & Naumes, M. (2010). Humble Abode Music & the Mammals: Not Your Grandpa’s String Band. Case Research Journal, 30.
  • Sondergaard, M. & Naumes, W. (2007). ABB Transformers – Denmark (A). The CASE Journal, 3.
  • Sondergaard, M. & Naumes, W. (2007). ABB Transformers – Denmark (B): For Adults Only. The CASE Journal, 3.
  • Schlentrich, U., Naumes, W. & Naumes, M. (2006) Oh Canada Eh?! Case Research Journal, 26.

Margaret J. Naumes Margaret J. Naumes is a senior lecturer in Management (retired), University of New Hampshire. She received a BA in Economics from Connecticut College, an MA and PhD in Economics from Stanford University, and an MBA from Clark University. Her research interests include social entrepreneurship, managerial decision making, and ethics. She has lectured and led workshops on case writing throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia, and has served as editor of The CASE Journal. She is co-author, with William Naumes, of The Art and Craft of Case Writing, 3rd ed. (M.E. Sharpe, 2012). She was the co-recipient of the Curtis E. Tate Jr. Outstanding Case Writer Award, co-recipient of the Emerson Award for the Outstanding Case in Business Ethics, and co-recipient of the Gold Award at the North American Case Research Association. She is a Fellow of the CASE Association and of NACRA, and was named a Distinguished Contributor by NACRA.

Recent cases and articles:

  • Naumes, W. & Naumes, M. (2015). The Green Alliance. Case Research Journal, 35.
  • Naumes, M. (2013). Writing Effective Learning Objectives. Case Research Journal, 33.
  • Leach, T., Sherman, H. & Naumes, M. (2012). Professor Moore: From Novice Case Writer to Mentor. The CASE Journal, 9.
  • Naumes, M. & Lull, W. (2012). The Seacoast Science Center: Sailing the Shoals. Case Research Journal, 2012.
  • Naumes, W. & Naumes, M. (2012). The Art & Craft of Case Writing, 3rd ed. Armonk: M.E. Sharpe.
  • Naumes, W. & Naumes, M. (2011). Stratton Auto. Case Research Journal, 31.
  • Merenda, M., Naumes, W., & Naumes, M. (2010). Humble Abode Music & the Mammals: Not Your Grandpa’s String Band. Case Research Journal, 30.
  • Kammermeyer, J. & Naumes, M. (2009). Blue Moon Natural Foods. Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice, 33.

Miriam F. WeismannMiriam F. Weismann, JD, LLM (taxation) is a Clinical Professor of Business Law and Tax in the School of Accounting, the Academic Director of the Healthcare MBA, and an adjunct professor in the College of Law at FIU. Her research focus includes white collar crime, financial fraud, corporate governance, international law, taxation, and legal ethics. She has published in such prestigious journals as the Stanford Journal of Law Business & Finance, Delaware Journal of Corporate Law, New York University Journal of Law and Business, Journal of Business Ethics, and the Journal of World Business and has published three recent books, Corporate Crime and Financial Fraud; Parallel Proceedings: Navigating Multiple Case Prosecutions and Money Laundering: Legislation, Regulation & Enforcement.

Professor Weismann practiced law for almost 30 years before entering academia. She was a capital partner in a national law firm. There, she handled white collar criminal defense work and major securities and tax-related litigation. She also argued a case before the United States Supreme Court.

Published cases:

  • Weismann, M., Hernandez-Lichtl, J., Pierce, H., & Campbell, C. (accepted 2017). West Kendall Baptist Hospital: Meeting the Demand of Community Based Healthcare in the New (and Stormy) Regulatory Environment. The CASE Research Journal.
  • Dumas, C., Foley, S., Hunt, P., Weismann, M., & Williamson, A. (2014). Accelerating Collaboration to Find a Cure: A Non-Profit’s Evolving Business Model. The CASE Journal. Nominated Best Case Award.
  • Weismann, M. (2010). Philosopher’s Wool Co.: SME Sustainable Supply Chain Management in the Global Economy. The CASE Journal, 6 (2).

Devi Akella is a Full Professor at College of Business, Albany State University, GA where she teaches Organizational Behavior and Human Resources Management at both graduate and undergraduate levels. She completed her PhD and MBA from University of Leeds, UK. Her research interests consist of learning organizations, critical management studies, experiential learning, social enterprises and teenage pregnancy. Her case studies have been published in refereed journals like The CASE Journal and Journal of International Academy of Case Studies.

Dr. Akella was selected as a Fulbright Specialist to Birzeit University, West Bank, October 2016—Nov. 2016 where she reviewed the curriculum of the business school, faculty and staff qualifications, research and professional experience and suggested guidance for development taking into consideration the 15 standards of the AACSB. Dr. Akella is the Associate Editor of Organization Management Journal and was the co-book review editor of Organization Management Journal and the Vice-President of Membership at Eastern Academy of Management (2013-2016).

Selected Case Publications:

  • Akella, D. (2016). “Children Having Children: A Case Study”, Journal of International Academy for Case Studies, 22 (2), 34-42.
  • Akella, D. & Akella, N. (2013). “Deadlock at Sarabhai House”, Asian Journal of Case Research, 6 (1), 1- 11.
  • Akella, D. (2013). “Coming Late to Class: A Case Study”, Southeast Case Research Journal, 10 (1), 70- 82.
  • Akella, D.; Johnson, S. & Jordan, M. (2013). “Reflections from the Classroom: An Autoethnographical Case Study”, Journal of Case Studies, 4 (2): 95-112.
  • Akella, D. and Akella, N. (2013). “Failure to Deliver: A Team in Crisis”, International Journal of Management Cases, Vol. 15 (2), 4-26.
  • Akella, D. and Jordan, M. (2013). “The Difficult Boss”, The Journal of International Academy of Case Studies, 19 (7): 27-32.
  • Akella, D. and Akella, N. (2013). “Union Carbide India Limited: The Never Ending Toxic Nightmare”, International Journal of Management Cases 15(2), 26–46.
  • Akella, D. (2012). “Mandal Commission Agitations: A Comparison of Affirmative Action Programs in India and USA”, International Journal of Business and Globalization, 9 (4), 461-79.
  • Akella, D. and Akella, N. (2012). “Myth or Reality: The Dynamics of Contemporary Learning Organizations [case study]”, Journal of International Academy of Case Studies, 18 (1), 87—95.

Dr. Monika Hudson is an assistant professor at the University of San Francisco (USF) and teaches organizational behavior, entrepreneurship and public administration on both the graduate and undergraduate levels. She concurrently directs USF’s Gellert Family Business Resource Center, which promotes and supports family businesses in the Bay Area through a range of education-related programs

Dr. Hudson’s research interests include identity and its behavioral impacts across sectors, economic development and social entrepreneurship.  Dr. Hudson received her undergraduate degrees in communications studies and political science from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois; completed her graduate work in public administration at California State University – Northridge; and received her masters of business administration from University of San Francisco.  She is a Mandel Fellow and received her doctor of management from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.  She is currently working on a second doctorate in education at the University of San Francisco.

Selected Case Publications:

  • Hudson, M. & Ohara, F. (2017). Buenas Diaz: Status quo or pivot? The CASE Journal, 13(4), 494-512.
  • Hudson, M. & Hunter, K.O. (2017). “Blurred lines: happy or harassed,” Case Research Journal, 37(1).
  • Hudson, M. & Hunter, K. O. (2016). Between righteous legacy and Pyrrhic victory–an administrator’s dilemma. The CASE Journal, 12(2).
  • Hudson, M. (2016). Woman in the eye of the storm. Journal of Critical Incidents, 9, 27.
  • Hunter, K., Hudson, M., & Boedecker, K. (2015). Seeing the Light or Tilting at Windmills? The Case of Richards-Townshend. Journal of Critical Incidents, 8, 66.














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