Outstanding Case Writer: Hot Topic

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We’re pleased to announce that the UN Sustainable Development Goals are the chosen topic for our 2020/21 Outstanding Case Writer: Hot Topic competition.

The topic

Cases submitted to this competition category can be in any business or management discipline, but must address a topic relating to one of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Click a goal below to find out more about it.

UN SDG 1: No poverty UN SDG 2: Zero Hunger UN SDG 3: Good health and well-being UN SDG 4: Quality education UN SDG 5: Gender equality UN SDG 6: Clean water and sanitation
UN SDG 7: Affordable and clean energy UN SDG 8: Decent work and economic growth UN SDG 9: Industry, innovation and infrastructure UN SDG 10: Reduced inequalities UN SDG 11: Sustainable cities and communities UN SDG 12: Responsible consumption and production
UN SDG 13: Climate action UN SDG 14: Life below water UN SDG 15: Life on land UN SDG 16: Peace, justice and strong institutions UN SDG 17: Partnerships for the goals  

Prize and recognition

£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 48,600 global subscribers. See our previous winners

Who can enter?

You must be a business or management teacher to enter this competition. Cases can be written by a team of two or more authors. Students and research assistants can be part of your writing team, but a faculty member must lead the team.

What is required?

Your case must be relevant to the hot topic. It can be based on field research, published sources or generalised experience. You can submit a single case or case series.

Your case or case series must:

  • be in English
  • clearly identify a protagonist and supporting actors
  • articulate an issue, decision, problem or opportunity
  • be a maximum of 5,000 words in total, excluding exhibits (you can submit an abridged version of your case if it is over 5,000 words), or 25 minutes if it's a video case
  • include a teaching note (no word limit)
  • have been completed after 1 January 2019
  • have been tested at least twice in the classroom
  • be submitted to The Case Centre should it win its category.

How do I enter?

The 2020/21 competition closed on 8 October 2020. The 2021/22 competition will open on 1 March 2021.


The 2020/21 Outstanding Case Writer: Hot Topic competition will by judged by a panel of internationally renowned case method experts.

Richard McCracken, The Case Centre
Katell Le Goulven, INSEAD – The Hoffmann Global Institute for Business and Society
Lavinia-Cristina Losif-Lazar, Copenhagen Business School
Meredith Storey, SDG Academy

Find out what the judges are looking for

Key dates

2 March 2020 Competition opens
8 October 2020 Submission deadline
February/March 2021 Winner announced
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If you require any further information about this competition please contact Hazel.
Hazel Walker Hazel Walker
External Relations Manager
t +44 (0)1234 756418
e hazel@thecasecentre.org