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The Case Centre Awards 2017

Laurel thrilled to see case inspiring fellow educators

Laurel Austin and Tricia Haskell

L-R: Laurel C. Austin and Tricia Haskell

Economics, Politics and Business Environment

Ivey Business School's Laurel C. Austin was ‘honoured’ to be presented with the Economics, Politics and Business Environment Award for her powerful case on unsafe working conditions at the University of California San Diego (UCSD).

After eight cases of breast cancer in the UCSD Literature Building, with two women dying, Chancellor Marye Anne Fox faced the difficult task of responding to an angry student protest, where they carried a mock coffin and chanted slogans such as ‘I am here to work, not to get cancer’. Tensions were rising and many faculty refused to hold meetings or classes in the building. 

The case had already won the Outstanding New Case Writer Award in 2015, and Laurel feels this second accolade further underlines how the case can inspire others.

Laurel, who is pictured below with Robert Klassen, Ivey Associate Dean, Faculty Development & Research, said: “I am very honoured to receive this prize – it tells me that the case and teaching note offer valuable materials, and perhaps teaching inspiration, to other university educators.

Robert Klassen and Laurel Austin

“It is gratifying to think that students in a variety of settings discuss the case and take away their own ‘lessons learned’. This hopefully leads to improved decision-making in their future professional lives, but also in other contexts.”

Laurel, who wrote and published the case while working at Copenhagen Business School, Denmark but is now at Ivey in Canada, received the award from The Case Centre’s Tricia Haskell, Customer Services Officer, in one of her classes at Ivey on Tuesday 17 October.

Read more about the case here.

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Our awards are presented to the most widely used cases across the globe in the past year in nine management categories and a free case category. We also present an Overall Winner Award, and Outstanding Contribution to the Case Method Award.

Our competitions celebrate exceptional case writers, first-time case writers; the best case in our ‘hot topic’ category; a remarkable compact case; and outstanding case teaching achievements.

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