Case Study Competition 2013 Hr

A team of three Humber students in the Bachelor of Commerce – Human Resources Management degree program won first place in the HR Masters Undergraduate Case Competition held at Sheridan College earlier this month.

Competing against Sheridan and St. Lawrence College over two rounds, Sara Smolej, Marlies Farrill and Marta Tsap were required to prepare two analyses of real-life case studies within set time limits, then answer questions from a panel of expert judges.

“I knew we had the necessary skills to succeed, and the best part of the day was being able to answer the judges’ questions with confidence,” says Marta, who graduated from Bishop Allen Academy in Etobicoke. “During our prep time, we became experts on the subject matter, and were then poised enough to handle hard-hitting questions with complete confidence.”

In their comments afterwards, judges praised the team’s thoroughness and professionalism – something the team says is a result of classes that combine a mix of theoretical and practical learning, as well as dedicated coaching and support from faculty and staff members.

"We could not have competed in and won the competition without the support of the Business School," says Sara, who is completing her fourth year. "Lynn McAuliffe, Kathryn Filsinger, Graeme Simpson, Laurie Bradford and Pierre-Pascal Gendron were all instrumental in our success."

Having worked with their coaches and with each other for more than a month prior to the competition, the team had a good grasp of key concepts going into the event.

“We felt that we were thoroughly prepared – we were able to focus particularly on Human Resources and provide specific solutions,” explains Toronto native Marlies. “Lynn’s strong coaching, as well as the excellent and constructive feedback from our other teachers, was a big reason we were able to meet the challenge of competition. But even if we hadn’t placed I would have been proud of our accomplishment, as we learned so much and presented cohesively as a team.”

Image (left to right): HR Management Students Sara Smolej, Marlies Farrill and Marta Tsap

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The Critical Management Studies (CMS) Division of the Academy of Management (AOM) is pleased to sponsor the annual Dark Side Case Competition. The competition is designed to encourage and acknowledge case writing that addresses the dark side of contemporary capitalism.

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.

The 2017 edition of the EFMD Case Writing competition is now open, with the deadline for the submission of cases being 27 October 2017. Please click here for more information and access to the submission form.

This competition is supported by The Case Centre.

Further information

Caroline Taylor


View a list of winners from: 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003

EMERALD/AABS Case Study Competition

Deadline for submissions: 28 February 2017
Winners to be announced at the AABS Connect Conference, 20-22 May 2018 

The aim of the competition is to encourage and promote the development of high-quality teaching case material derived from real life situations in Africa.

With the rise of experiential learning, case studies remain a fundamental teaching tool in every subject area within the business school discipline. Those cases with a local focus are critical to developing business school curriculum in the emerging economies; Emerald and the AABS are devoted to developing high-quality cases focused on the African region.

A cash prize of US$1,500 will be awarded to the most outstanding case.

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E-PARCC Teaching Case and Simulation Competition

Public managers often find themselves working beyond their organisations to address policy implementation and service issues. Today's managers need to be successful operating in multi-organisational networked arrangements and with the public to solve problems that cannot be solved, or solved easily, by single organisations.

To stimulate the creation of effective and innovative teaching cases and simulations in this area, the Program for the Advancement of Research on Conflict and Collaboration (PARCC) at the Maxwell School of Syracuse University sponsors an annual competition. This competition seeks to encourage the development of new cases and new simulations to be used in teaching collaborative public management, networks, governance, and/or problem solving.

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Family Enterprise Case Competition

FECC is taking a sabbatical in 2018 as Grossman School of Business expands its physical facilities. The 6th edition will be held on 9-12 January 2019.

The Family Enterprise Case Competition (FECC) is hosted annually by the Grossman School of Business at the University of Vermont (UVM) in Burlington, Vermont. Hundreds of the most promising young minds and thought leaders in family business travel from around the world to compete at FECC, in the hopes of not only winning the competition, but also networking and exchanging ideas with their family business peers.

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ISB-Ivey Global Case Competition

This competition is run by the Centre for Teaching, Learning, and Case Development at the Indian School of Business (ISB), in partnership with Richard Ivey School of Business, The University of Western Ontario, and is supported by the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD) and the Association of Indian Management Schools (AIMS). The objective is to facilitate the build-up of high-quality, internationally benchmarked cases about Indian businesses by reaching out to a wide network of Indian and Global B Schools. The submitted cases are suitable for use in MBA classrooms across the globe.

Further information

Arun Khan
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View a list of winners from: 2017, 2016, 2015, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010

Jansons School of Business Case Conference Competition

This competition, held in May 2016, was organised in collaboration with The Case Centre. Eminent professors from several business schools presented their cases and all those shortlisted will be published in CASTLE, the Jansons School of Business Case Journal.

Dr Sanjeev Prashar, Professor of Marketing at the Indian Institute of Management, Raipur, chaired the Marketing Management Track, and Dr S S Ganesh, Professor at Amrita School of Business, Coimbatore, chaired the Human Resource Management Track.Richard McCracken, Director of The Case Centre, helped to judge this competition.


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John Molson MBA Case Writing Competition

Deadline for submissions:

  • 29 September 2017 (regular cases)
  • 16 October 2017 (short cases).

The competition will be held from 1-6 January 2018 in Montreal.

This annual case writing competition sets out to reach top case writers worldwide, who submit unpublished and untested business cases for use at The John Molson MBA International Case Competition. In 2017, to make the competition even more exciting, two of the seven cases are featured will have a different format: one “Short Case” and one “Live Case”.

  • The winning case writer will receive a prize of $10,000 CAD
  • Second place writer will receive $5,000 CAD
  • Third place writer will receive $3,000 CAD
  • Writers of all other cases used in ICC will receive $1,000 CAD.

Further information

Jesse Prent
Organiser, John Molson MBA Case Writing Competition


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oikos Case Writing Competition

Deadline for submissions: 1 December 2017

The oikos Case Writing Competition supports the writing of new high quality teaching cases on corporate sustainability, social entrepreneurship and sustainable finance. Submitted cases should be suitable for use in management, entrepreneurship or finance education and related to real issues faced by organisations and individuals. All case authors receive feedback from two experienced reviewers on their case in the first round, and, if they are among the five finalists in their track, feedback on their revised case in the second round.

The first prize in each track is 5000 Swiss Francs (second: CHF 2000 and third: CHF 1000).

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PMI Case Writing Competition

PMI has a strong commitment to advancing good project management curricula for both undergraduate and graduate programmes. To that end, this competition aims to generate teachable cases and instructors’ manuals relevant to the management of temporary organisations with similar dimensions to permanent organisations for use in the ongoing improvement of project management programmes.

The competition theme is ‘Project Management – Creating Value for Stakeholders’ and the deadline for entries is 1 May 2017. Entries may focus on any use of project management as an organisational force. Some examples include:

  • Disaster relief – planned but unexpected
  • Ethics and professionalism – the challenge of multiple stakeholders
  • Global projects – cultural difference and strategic consistency

Prizes for the top three cases are:

  • 1st Prize: US$3,000
  • 2nd Prize: US$2,000
  • 3rd Prize: US$1,000

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Prestige Global Case Competition

The Case Centre is sponsoring this competition which will take place on 10 June 2017 at the Institute of Management, Gwalior. The deadline for submissions is 15 May 2017.

Applicants can apply individually or as team, but must represent a business school or university. The principal author of the case must be a faculty member or doctoral student affiliated with a business school or university.

Cases must be about a business management situation in an Indian setting and written in English. The judging process will give equal importance to the case and the teaching note. The winner will receive a cash prize of 10,000 rupees.

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