EFMD Case Writing Competition

Rewarding innovative cases in

management development


Innovation and creativity

With the support of the Case Centre and our category sponsors, the case writing competition encourages innovative and impactful case writing and teaching. Take part in this yearly case writing competition, organised since 1988.

Impact on management development

Through a number of categories representing critical managerial areas, you can contribute to management development and some of its future challenges.

Join a learning community

You get a chance to be assessed by an international judging panel, who reviews more than 400 cases every year; have an impact on teaching management development and join a community of outstanding innovators.

Evaluation criteria

  1. Content: The ability to create a strong and interesting learning experience
  2. Form: A good balance between a well-told story and sufficient data 
  3. The teaching notes: Accompanying each submission to enhance the learner’s experience
  4. Innovation: Ideas should improve teaching and student engagement

"We are honored to be recognized with this achievement. We hope this case will help business executives and scholars better understand how multinational corporations can successfully address the demand from the bottom of the pyramid by establishing and managing innovation centers in emerging markets.”

Haiyang Li

Rice University, the United States

“It is an honour to be one of the winners of the EFMD case competition and represent Dalhousie’s Rowe School of Business. My case developed a new technology to enable the cement industry to sequester carbon.”

Peggy Cunningham

Dalhousie University, Canada



    Be published by the Case Centre and gain wide visibility across the EFMD network


    Get a chance to be awarded with €2000, applicable to all the winning cases


    Impact students of management institutions across the globe and practitioners seeking innovations


    Engage with incumbent organisations in discussing strategic business solutions


31 October: Deadline for Case Submission
April 2025: Winners Announcement



Sponsored by
CEIBS logo

The category welcomes cases on African or multinational companies operating on the African continent in any business discipline, including strategy, entrepreneurship, marketing, OB&HR, supply chain, finance, etc. A case should deal with critical challenges, issues, or decisions that students can analyse and discuss using theories, frameworks, analytical methods, and tools, leading to general implications for business and management.

Belt-and-Road CASES

Sponsored by

Poly U logo.         Poly U BSlogo

This category welcomes cases on management practices and challenges faced by companies in Belt-and-Road countries.  Cases focusing on Chinese companies expanding into Belt-and-Road countries, as well as companies from Belt-and-Road countries venturing into China are particularly welcomed.  Cases can feature in all management disciplines such as strategy, entrepreneurship, marketing, supply chain management, finance, leadership, etc.


Sponsorship opportunity!

This category welcomes cases featuring current and future challenges of industrial companies in global B2B markets and their strategies to remain competitive. Cases can focus on industrial companies

  • introducing digital-based solutions
  • going global
  • implementing innovative business models
  • sustaining a quality leadership position
  • fighting low-cost competition.

Continuous Improvement:
the Journey to Excellence

Sponsorship opportunity!

Continuous Improvement emphasizes the need to create a culture of progress among companies, permanent change in search of competitiveness, and excellence to improve the business over time. Cases should focus on specific projects leading toward greater efficiency, productivity and the creation of value for clients, which eventually become part of the company’s philosophy.


Sponsored by
em Lyon logo

Entrepreneurial processes are present in large organisations as well as in public and social sectors. Cases which address entrepreneurship within these broad sectors are invited.


Sponsored by

Cases on companies that strategically integrate social and environmental concerns into their business operations. These companies seek to achieve a balance of economic, environmental, and social imperatives while addressing the expectations of employees, shareholders, and stakeholders. Cases in this category can focus on CSR initiatives such as responsible sourcing, labour standards and working conditions, social equity, gender balance, and human rights. Cases can come from any disciplinary perspective (e.g. operations, strategy, finance etc.).


Sponsored by

AUB Suliman logo

This category welcomes case studies featuring inter-disciplinary coverage of family business entrepreneurship related issues. Scholars and other research practitioners are invited to submit case studies addressing various themes: strategy development of a new start-up; family business serial entrepreneurship and many more.

China business cases

Sponsored by

This category is dedicated to cases that delve into business challenges, dilemmas, critical decisions, current issues, or any vital topics pertinent to the Chinese business landscape. The focal company may operate within or outside China but must address China-relevant business issues. The scope of case topics is broad and encompasses various business disciplines such as strategy, entrepreneurship, marketing, organisational behaviour and human resources (OB&HR), supply chain management, finance, and more


Sponsorship opportunity!

Cases submitted for this category should have a clear link to business situations occurring in the sector of Finance and Banking.

Responsible Business

Sponsored by
Business School TKU logo

This mainly include cases that address corporate governance, financial reporting and auditing, integrated reporting, anti-corruption, business ethics, social marketing, gender equality, corporate sustainability, and responsible business education and practices. This track is believed to add knowledge to different stakeholders about the area of responsible business highlighting its extreme importance.


Sponsored by

Cork Uni logo   UCC logo

Responsible leaders demonstrate through example their commitment to leading with integrity and to values-driven decision making that considers interests of shareholders, employees, clients, the environment, and the community. Cases are welcome which address the challenges leaders face engaging diverse stakeholders in the creation of economic and social value.

Women In Business

Sponsored by

We welcome cases that feature women lead protagonists in the business environment, especially those that elucidate the systems, challenges and issues faced by women in business. Cases that demonstrate the route women have taken to become fully and equitably engaged in their organisation are encouraged as well as those that highlight growth and success within a gender unbalanced environment. The cases can address a variety of topics and situations, such as leadership, entrepreneurship, changemakers, social safety, hybrid working, changing workplace dynamics, visible or invisible opportunities and creating networks.


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  • Case Evaluation Criteria
  • Case Submission Guidelines
  • Case Winners


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