CEEMAN Case Writing Competition

Frequently Asked Questions

I have recently prepared a suitable teaching case which will be available in open access. Can I submit this case for the CEEMAN CWC?

Please note that submitted case studies should not have been published before in their current or substantially similar form. Neither should they be under consideration for publication in any ISSN/ISBN-registered publication or with any other case center.

Can my case be based on secondary sources such as newspaper articles, online news sources, etc.?

While participants are not barred from submitting teaching case material based on secondary sources, cases that are the result of the author's own research is strongly favoured by CEEMAN and members of the CWC Jury as the aim of this competition is to gather particularly immersive and authentic teaching cases. Cases based on primary sources may have an advantage in the evaluation process.

Do I have to be associated with a higher education institution to be eligible for the competition? Can I submit my case as a private entrepreneur or is the competition only meant for academic professors?

There are no restrictions when it comes to who can submit their work to the Case Writing Competition.
However, there are several criteria that the case itself needs to meet in order for it to be considered for the competition. 

Do I need to provide a company consent to publish release form if the company name is disguised and some facts in the case are changed?

Cases are often written in such a way that the names of the involved individuals and the actual company are disguised. Typically, this is handled with a footnote early on in the case that says something to the effect that the case is based on a real company, that the names were changed at the company’s request or that the names are fictionalized. Sometimes financial data is changed, similarly at the request of the company. Typically, there is a note on the financial statements that says that the financials have been adapted at company request, yet all key relationships remain the same. 

Most cases have some degree of reorganization to highlight the key issue(s) in the case.
However, even if the name of the company will not be publicly tied to the teaching case, the company still needs to sign the release form, acknowledging that it has agreed to have the case researcher develop the case and it is based on true information. The real identity of the company will only be known to the case judges and the administrator of the competition, who will keep this information in strict confidence.

Is it alright to submit a fictional case based on a compilation on various information sources?

In essence, a composite breaks the underlying premise that the cases submitted to the CEEMAN Case Writing Competition is a description of reality (a real situation that a real company is facing or has faced in the past).

I have a question related to writing style, case structure, the tone of the case, teaching notes etc.

Please consult the Case Evaluation Checklist. It covers a range of questions related to these matters.

If you wish to know more about teaching notes in particular, we recommend you also review the Competition’s official guide on how to write a teaching note. Among other things, it lists a set of common mistakes that will help you prepare an applicable and useful teaching note.

If none of the questions listed here address your concerns, please contact us at livija.marko@ceeman.org.