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


July 2022: Submission Open
18 November: Deadline for Case Submission
April 2023: Winners Announcement



Sponsored by
CEIBS logo

Cases on an African company or a multinational company operating on the African continent in any of the business disciplines, including strategy, entrepreneurship, marketing, OB&HR, supply chain, finance, etc. It must deal with critical challenges, issues, or decisions that students can analyse using theories, frameworks, and analytical methods and tools.


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

Cases addressing innovative ways companies manage the demands for socially and environmentally circular business practices. Circular context introduces complexity but permits to identify practices in relation to important challenges to promote responsible business. Cases can come from any disciplinary perspective (operations, strategy, finance, etc.)


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

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.


Sponsored by

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

Hidden Champions

Sponsored by

EBS University

"Hidden champions" are large medium-sized companies which hold a leading international market position but aren’t well known to the general public. Cases focus on the challenges of hidden champions to support them in even better mastering their jobs. Topics include international growth strategies, innovation, digital transformation, marketing and sales management, leadership, and corporate culture.


Sponsored by
CEIBS logo

Cases describing business development in Latin America, which can feature all types of disciplines of the Business Administration (Strategy, Foresight, Innovation, Marketing, Internationalization, Human Resources, etc.) and cover challenges related to internalisation of the regional companies and many more.


Sponsored by
The American University inCairo

The MENA Business Cases category focuses on the MENA region, which is experiencing fast development, and whose prospects are promising. Contribute to business cases in the MENA region and stimulate the development of teaching materials related to the main issues characterizing the region.


Sponsored by
Knauss School of Business

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.

Responsible Business

Sponsored by
The American University inCairo

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. 

Women In Business

Sponsored by
Erasmus Centre for Women and Organisations

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.