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Case writing competitions

Case competitions can play a role in highlighting the many skills involved in case writing, teaching and learning. They can benefit faculty, researchers and students and offer the opportunity to showcase expertise at business schools and universities. This page provides details of current case writing competitions.
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AIMA-ICRC Case Writing Competition

Submissions closed for 2021

AIMA-India Case Research Centre (ICRC) is pleased to announce the inaugural edition of their Case Writing Competition.

The competition aims to encourage and promote the development of high quality India-focused teaching case material that feature the Indian ethos of managing a business.

The business world has changed significantly in the past few years, particularly during the pandemic. The Case Writing Competition aims to capture the changing industry trends, technological changes, digital economy, sustainability, survival and several other market requirements in the form of teaching cases.

Submission of cases and teaching notes are invited from academics, practitioners, or academic/practitioner teams.

Further information

w https://www.aima.in/events/aima-icrc-case-writing-competition-march-2021

Arthur W. Page Society’s Case Study Competition

Submissions closed for 2021

Page, in alliance with the Institute for Public Relations, conducts an annual competition for the writing of original case studies by students enrolled in a school of business, communication or journalism and who are pursuing a degree that is focused on corporate communications and the practice of public relations. The objectives of the competition are to introduce the practical applications of the core principles that define public relations as a critical function of management to scholars, teachers, and students, and encourage research that contributes to the profession's body of knowledge and provides practical suggestions on how to improve the corporate public relations function.

Student authors of winning entries and their faculty advisors are awarded cash prizes and recognized by the nation's leading corporate communications executives.

Further information

w https://page.org/study_competitions


Case writing competition: The Case for Women

Submission deadline: 17 August 2021

The aim of this competition is to encourage and promote the development of high-quality teaching case material that positively represents real women in leadership positions in the workplace.

Having 10 years of research on award-winning case papers, Lesley Symons of The Case for Women showed that women protagonists are present in only 11% of award-winning case papers. She developed the Symons Test which is used to assess the presence of women in case papers:

  • Does it have a woman in it?
  • Is she the protagonist?
  • Does she speak to another woman about the business?

Only 4% of the case papers researched met all three of the rules. 

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CEEMAN & Emerald Case Writing Competition

Submissions closed for 2021

The aim of the competition is to encourage and promote the development of high-quality teaching case material relevant for the realities of dynamic and emerging economies, and at the same time promote the development of case-writing capabilities in those countries. In the spirit of a fully inclusive competition, global submissions are encouraged.

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CEIBS: Global Contest for the Best China-Focused Cases

Submission deadline: Closed for 2020

China Europe International Business School (CEIBS), Shanghai MBA Case Development and Sharing Platform and The Global Platform of China Cases first co-organised the Global Contest for the Best China-Focused Cases in 2015. The aim was to promote research on unique management issues in the Chinese environment from a global perspective.

The Case Centre’s Director, Richard McCracken, sits on the International Expert Panel to help judge the entries.

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EFMD Case Writing Competition

2020 winners announced!

For the last thirty years, EFMD has been organising its yearly case writing competition. With a wide selection of categories that focus on specific issues, as well as specific regions of the world, the aim of the EFMD case competition is to encourage and support the writing and creation of new and innovative case material.

This competition is supported by The Case Centre.

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AABS/EMERALD Case Study Competition

Submissions closed for 2021

The aim of the competition is to encourage and promote the development of high-quality teaching case material relevant for the realities of dynamic and emerging economies and at the same time promote the development of case-writing capabilities in Africa.

Further information


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E-PARCC Teaching Case and Simulation Competition

Submissions closed for 2021

The Program for the Advancement of Research on Conflict and Collaboration (PARCC) at the Syracuse University Maxwell School is sponsoring its fifteenth annual E-PARCC competition to further stimulate the creation of effective and innovative teaching cases and simulations. 

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HEC Montréal AEMBA Corporate Social Responsibility Case Writing Competition

Submissions closed for 2021

The HEC Montréal MBA Students' Association (AEMBA, Association des Étudiants MBA des Hautes Études Commerciales inc.), in conjunction with the HEC Montréal MBA program, Pôle Ideos (Social Impact Center) and the International Journal of Case Studies in Management (IJCSM), is organizing a bilingual case writing competition.

This competition is open to any authors whose cases fit the criteria outlined below. 

The winning case in this competition will be used in the 12th edition of the AEMBA Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Challenge to be held in March of 2021. During this case study competition, MBA students from all over the world are invited to reflect on and discuss complex issues related to corporate social and environmental responsibility. 

$4,000 Cdn will be awarded for the winning case. The prize will be awarded at the closing ceremony of the CSR challenge. If used in the March 2021 AEMBA CSR challenge, the runner-up case will also receive $2,000 Cdn

Further information

Download this PDF for more information or contact CSR@hecaemba.org

John Molson MBA International Case Writing Competition

Submission deadline: 1 October 2021

Make a Global Impact with the John Molson MBA ICC Case Writing Competition!

The 2022 organising team is pleased to invite you to submit your original business cases for this year’s e-ICC, the virtual edition of the John Molson MBA International Case Competition (ICC).

Though the competition will look different this year, John Molson are extremely proud to host and celebrate its continued success.

The 2022 e-ICC cases should be focused on business and/or corporate strategy and decision-making. Case writers are encouraged to submit cases that deal with any business discipline, including strategy, finance, sustainability, entrepreneurship, e-commerce etc. It should be noted that writers need to base their cases on issues other than COVID-19. Considerations around COVID-19 and its impact will inevitably factor into many cases, but COVID-19 should not drive the case.

The ability and preparedness of our students to crack a variety of cases from different disciplines will define their careers and their contributions to both their enterprises and the world around them.

The competition will be held from January 3-8, 2022 with students presenting from their respective locations via Zoom to panels of live judges in Montreal. It will unite 36 teams of students from different MBA programmes around the globe to compete for the Concordia Cup.

Up to six cases will be selected for use during the competition. 

Further information

w https://mbacasecomp.com/case-writing-competition/


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oikos Case Writing Competition

Submissions closed for 2020

The oikos Case Writing Competition supports the writing of new high-quality teaching cases on corporate sustainability, social entrepreneurship and sustainable finance.

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The Case Centre Writing Competitions

2020/21 competition winners announced

We run four global case writing competitions each year:

  • Outstanding Case Writer
  • Outstanding Case Writer: Hot Topic
  • Outstanding Compact Case
  • Outstanding New Case Writer

The 2021/22 competitions opened on 1 March 2021. The submission deadline is 7 October 2021.

Outstanding Case Writer

Don't miss this chance to compete with other leading case writers and have your case writing skills independently judged by our panel of case experts. Your case can be about any management topic.

Outstanding Case Writer: Hot Topic

Responding to Shocks is the chosen subject of the 2021/22 Hot Topic competition. Cases submitted to this competition category can be in any business or management discipline, but must involve a shock which requires urgent action to be taken by the protagonist(s) featured in the case. The shock can be internal within the featured organisation, or external, but should be potentially catastrophic.

Outstanding Compact Case

Cases entered in this competition can be on any management topic, but must be a maximum of five pages long, including appendices, exhibits and footnotes.

Outstanding New Case Writer

This is a unique opportunity to have your case writing skills assessed by our independent experts in competition with other new case writers worldwide. You can write about any management topic.

Prizes and recognition

The winner of each competition receives a prize of £1,150 ($1,400; €1,300) and a special trophy. We also announce the result to leading business press worldwide and invite the winner to feature on our website and in our newsletter, which is sent to 43,300 global subscribers.

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