Call for Cases of OD Projects
Transcendence invites submissions of cases of actual OD projects implemented by organisations.
Entries that fulfil eligibility and submission criteria will be evaluated by an eminent Jury of independent or former Directors on the boards of India’s leading companies.
Organisations with the top-rated entries will be invited to present their cases of OD practice on December 12 at Transcendence 2019 and will be considered for the first OD Excellence Awards (ODEA). These awards have been instituted to recognise exceptional cases of OD practice undertaken by organisations in India.
The winning cases may also be developed as educational case studies by TISS and published in leading international case collection(s).
Final submissions due : November 12, 2019 (6pm)
Acceptance notification by : December 1, 2019
Presentation of select submissions : December 12, 2019
Award announcement : December 14, 2019
How to Submit a Case
- Read the criteria for eligibility and submission, and the terms, given below
- Decide if you would like to submit a Case and the category that would be suitable for your Case
- Secure approval from your organisation to participate in ODEA
- Write your Case as per the editorial guidelines and format given below. Please note that the online submission platform accepts files upto 10MB only.
- Prepare the Executive Summary of your Case
- Complete the Application Form and get all documents signed.
- Upload your Application Form, Case, and Executive Summary — and pay the submission fees.
Submissions must be related to the theme of Transcendence 2019 and should involve one of the nine categories below. If an OD project overlaps multiple categories then the submitting organisation may decide the category that is most appropriate for their submission.
This involves democratisation of organisations and greater involvement of stakeholders in the process of OD. Stakeholders include suppliers, customers, employees, and unions. OD practices in this context include: co-creation, supply-chain and vendor relations, customer experience, customer relationship management, agile & lean teams, self-managed teams, leaderless teams, self-organising teams, employee engagement and experience, diversity, inclusion, and related organisational responses.
These innovations must be related to the business of the organisation. The focus of submissions in this category would be the conceptualisation, implementation and pursuit of holistic and sustainable indicators of performance such as the sustainable development goals (SDGs) of the UNDP or the national voluntary guidelines (NVGs) of India
O.P. BhattChairperson of the Jury
Former Chairman: State Bank of India. Independent Director: HUL; TCS; Tata Steel; Tata Motors; Greenko Energy Holdings (GEH)
Ashok SethiChairman: Tata Consulting Engineers
Former Director: Tata Power
Ireena VittalIndependent Director: Godrej Consumer Products; HDFC; Titan; Wipro; Zomato
Nawshir MirzaIndependent Director: Exide; Thermax; TPREL; CGPL; TPDDL
Governing Council Member: TERI
Shrikant P GathooFormer Director: Bharat Petroleum
Criteria, Guidelines & Terms
- Only organisations registered in India on/before January 1, 2014 may submit cases of their OD projects to Transcendence 2019.
- Organisations must be registered either as companies (statutory or private limited or public limited or farmer-producer companies), as partnerships, or as not-for-profit organisations (societies or trusts or section-8 companies).
- A case submitted by an organisation must be about an OD project implemented internally by that organisation. Consulting firms may submit cases of projects undertaken within their organisations, but not of projects in client/other organisations. In other words, external consultants may have been involved in one or more stages of the OD project, but the case should be authored by employees of the organisation where it was implemented and submitted by the same organisation.
- At the time an organisation submits an entry to ODEA, any/all authors of its case must be exclusively employed/contracted with that organisation i.e. authors should not simultaneously be employed/contracted with any other organisation(s).
- Submissions must be about OD projects that were initiated on/after January 1, 2013.
- An organisation may submit only upto two entries.
- Submissions should relate to the theme of Transcendence 2019 and must involve one of the nine Case Categories listed above.
- Submissions may be about organisation-wide OD projects or about pilot/experimental projects or even about a single phase of a larger project.
- Submissions must be written in the form of cases as per guidelines in the ‘Editorial’ tab above.
- If the case or events thereof, described in the submission have been published in print or electronic media (either by the organisation or by a publisher with the permission of the organisation), then that case should not be submitted to ODEA. On the other hand, if the events related to a case have been reported in the media, or have been spoken about at interviews, then a case related to those events may be submitted to ODEA.
- If the OD project described in the case has received any award/recognition, then it may be submitted to Transcendence 2019. However, the documents submitted should not contain any reference to such award/recognition.
- The Application Form and the last page of the Case should be signed by the author(s) and by the authorised signatory on behalf of the organisation. This will constitute a self-certification that the data contained in the submission have been verified and are correct. The authorised signatory may include the CFO, the head of Internal Audit, or a Director on the Board — or the head of department or of the business unit where the OD project was implemented.
- The deadline for submissions of final entries to ODEA is 6:00 pm IST on November 12, 2019. Entries received after the deadline will not be considered for evaluation.
- Early entries (i.e. those received by 12.00 pm IST on October 15, 2019) will be pre-reviewed to determine if they have fulfilled the submission criteria. If an organisation has not provided relevant information then it may receive feedback. Thereafter, organisations may revise and resubmit their cases by 12:00 pm IST on November 7, 2019. Submissions received after October 15 will not receive feedback and may not be revised.
- By submitting an entry, organisations confirm their acceptance of the ODEA rules. Please read all criteria, guidelines & terms listed herein, before making a submission.
- Each submission should contain three documents (i) Application Form, (ii) Case, and (iii) Executive Summary.
- Please note that the online submission platform will accept files upto 10MB only.
- The case should be written as a descriptive document (not as a set of slides or a presentation). Please prepare your case as per the ‘Case Format’.
- The case and the executive summary should be written in the past tense, and active voice, only.
- The case and the executive summary should be typed in Times New Roman font size 12, single-line spaced, and formatted for A4-size paper with 2.5 cm margins all around.
- Cases should not exceed 6,000 words excluding appendices and references. The total length of a case may not exceed 16 pages. All pages should be numbered. The executive summary should not exceed 1000 words or two pages. The size of each file should be less than 10MB.
- The case and its contents may not be anonymised or disguised in anyway.
- Authentic and correct data should be provided within the text of the case and in exhibits. This will increase the effectiveness of the case narrative. If an organisation does not wish to disclose some data in its complete/primary form, then selected samples of that data may be provided, or it may be included in the form of aggregates, averages, percentages, and/or modal values.
- All documents should be submitted in pdf format. The pdf files submitted should be searchable and annotatable. They should not be password-protected or require special permissions for copying of text, annotations, or printing of the document.
- The case and executive summary must be the original work of the authors. Not more than ten percent of the word count may be taken from secondary sources. Any/all content that is borrowed (verbatim or paraphrased) should be cited and referenced as per the Chicago (Notes and Bibliography) Style, 17th Edition.
- Please note that an originality check will be performed on all submissions. If a submission does not pass the plagiarism check, then it will be rejected.
- A submission fee of Rs. 23,600/- (incl. GST) would be applicable per case that is submitted to Transcendence 2019. However, every submission will receive one delegate pass (worth Rs. 26,600/- for the 3-day conference), effectively making the case submission free of cost. The submission fee is non-refundable and the delegate pass will not be transferable.
- The ODEA are not a ranking of organisations. They are also not awards for an organisation as a whole. The ODEA are awards for cases about exceptional OD projects within an organisation.
- Since this is a case competition, by virtue of submitting an entry, an organisation permits and confirms that the case and its contents are approved for presentation at Transcendence 2019. Organisations also permit TISS to use aspects of the case for academic purposes and in conference-related media campaigns.
- In order to be considered for the awards, organisations whose submissions are shortlisted by the Jury and are accepted for presentation at Transcendence 2019 should present their case on December 12, 2019 at the TISS campus in Mumbai.
- Since one delegate pass will be provided to every organisation at the time of online submission of their case, one entry ticket to the three days of Transcendence 2019 will be free. Other presenters (if any) will need to purchase delegate passes to the conference.
- Evaluation of the Jury is final and no appeal or correspondence will be entertained. The organisers reserve the right to declare more than one winner, or not announce award(s) if submissions are not upto the desired standard.
- All travel, stay and other expenses, if any, will be borne by the applicant organisation.
- The organisers reserve the right to amend the criteria, guidelines and terms & conditions of this case competition.
- Rights of admission to Transcendence 2019 are reserved.