Case Writing Competition

The 2015 John Molson MBA Case Writing Competition is now open!

  The 2015 John Molson MBA International Case Competition (ICC) is pleased to invite the submission of original business cases for the 34th annual ICC, the oldest and most prestigious competition of its kind. The ICC will be held from January 4th to 9th, 2015 in Montreal. It will bring together teams from 36 MBA programs from around the world to compete for the Concordia Cup and a $10,000 first prize. Up to six cases will be selected for use during the competition.  

Entry Form

  The following attached document contains instructions for submitting cases, as well as the entry form and statement of originality required to submit a case: Call for Cases  

Applicants

  Any individual or group of individuals with the exception of persons involved with training, coaching or other preparation of participating students at the ICC are eligible to submit cases for consideration.  

Requirements

  Cases should be aimed at students in MBA programs and must:
    • be unpublished, untested and not presented or discussed in any public form. Confidentiality is of the utmost importance and the expectation is that case writers will work in this spirit;
 
    • be a maximum of 20 pages of narrative, limited to 250 words per page, double spaced and no more than 30 pages including financial documentation and other appendices (case text is not permitted in appendices);
 
    • be based on either field research or research from secondary sources and describe a recent business situation in an actual organization. Cases can deal with any business discipline including strategy, finance, marketing, governance, entrepreneurship, international trade, etc.;
 
    • be written in English or French. Cases selected for the ICC will be translated into French or English as needed. Translated versions will be remitted to case writers upon completion of the competition.
   

Prizes

 
    • The winning case writer will receive a prize of $10,000.
 
    • Second and third place writers will be awarded $5,000 and $3,000 respectively.
 
    • Writers of all other cases used in the ICC will be awarded $1000 each.
 
  • If a case has multiple authors, the awarded amount will be divided evenly among the authors.
 

Submission of Entries

  Cases must be submitted not later than October 8th, 2014 and include the Entry Form, the Statement of Originality and where necessary, the Letter of Authorization. Cases not selected for the ICC will be released to authors in November 2014 and winning cases will be released as they are used in January 2015. Supporting documentation should also be submitted electronically (preferably scanned).    

Competition Judges

  The selection committee will be composed of executives from the ICC Board of Directors. Selection criteria include the interest and relevance of the issue(s) raised to students, the quality and clarity of the writing and the degree of challenge to the students. All decisions made by the selection committee are final.  

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Information

  Any questions and responses should be addressed to the following:   Rasha Dergham Organizer, John Molson MBA Case Writing Competition 1455 de Maisonneuve Blvd. W., MB 06-313 Montreal QC, H3G 1M8 Canada   cases@mbacasecomp.com

Past Cases

List of selected cases 2014

1st Place:
“Deloitte:Stormy Seas or Smooth Sailing Ahead? ” Written by: Marc Low
2nd Place:
“Metro: my Canadian eGrocer?” Written by: Karine Menard, Émilie Marinier, Lucas Perrotte, Harold Boeck
3rd Place:
“If You Love The Bubbles, Set Them Free:” SodaStream Takes on Coke and Pepsi Written by: Ram Subramanian
$1000 Prize Winners:
“GREENoneTEC:Fierce Competition Under the Sun” Written by: Dietmar Sternad
“Sony Corporation—Is the Sum Greater Than the Parts?” Written by: Andrew Inkpen
“Henkel’s Journey to Purchasing Excellence – Escape from an adverse sourcing situation” Written by: Lutz Kaufmann, Sotiris Politis, Gavin Meschnig

List of selected cases 2013

Case 1:
Yahoo! Inc – Marissa Mayers Challenge Written by: Ram Subramanian
Case 2:
Vikas Spool Private Limited Written by: Dr. Jyoti Kainth, Dr. Harsh Verma & Mr. Gautam Kainth
Case 3:
Short case: Real Ventures
Case 4:
Live case: Novartis Canada
Case 5:
Media Markt China Ltd. at a Crossroads Written by: Thorsten Knauer, Thomas Liessem, Jessica Nathmann, Friedrich Sommer, Helena Tilke
Semi-Final Case:
Hanging The Competition Out To Dry: The Expansion Of The Maid Dry Cleaning And Laundry Service Company Written by: Richard Farmer & Marta K. Dowejko
Final Case:
Tesco – Losing Ground In The Uk? Written by: Ms. Indu Perepu

List of selected cases 2012

Case 1:
Sell or Stay Written by: Joan Winn, Anna Pilková & Filip Šínsky
Case 2:
Technology Plus: Moving Forward Written by: Susan White & Karen Hallows
Case 3:
Short case: ABC Bank
Case 4:
Live case: CGI Group
Case 5:
Tata Teleservices Ltd and NTT DoCoMo: A Strategic Tie Up Written by: V.S. Pai
Semi-Final Case:
Dr Reddy’s Laboratories: Growing Pains Written by: Syeda Maseeha Qumer & Debapratim Purkayastha
Final Case:
The [yellow tail] Phenomenon Written by: Dr. Raymond Lopez & Dr. Armand Gilinsky

List of selected cases 2011

Case 1:
Hero Honda Motors Ltd- A Long Lasting Joint Venture Written by: V.S. Pai
Case 2:
Green Light Reshuffle: Phasing out Incandescent Bulbs in France Written by: Ronald G. Kamin & Yuting Chang
Case 3:
Short case
Case 4:
Live case: Foreign Affairs & International Trade Canada
Case 5:
The Gulf of Mexico Catastrophe: impact on relationships between business and the arts Written by: Derrick Chong
Semi-Final Case:
Good Hotel: Doing Good, Doing Well? Written by: Armand Gilinsky, Jr. & S. Nourein Inamdar
Final Case:
Under Armour in 2010 Written by: Ram Subramanian & Pradeep Gopalakrishna

List of selected cases 2010

Case 1:
Libert-E Motor Written by: Raymond M. Kinnunen, Susan F. Sieloff and Joseph J. Chevarley
Case 2:
Strategic Planning in a State Controlled Economy Written by: Yuliya V. Ivanova and Joan Winn
Case 3:
Short case
Case 4:
Live case: Montreal Canadiens Presented by: Geoff Molson, Ray Lalonde
Case 5:
Green Shoe Estates Written by: Raymond Lopez
Semi-Final Case:
Sony Corporation – Future Tense Written by: Vivek Gupta and Indu Perepu
Final Case:
Naya – Growth in a Shrinking Market Written by: Carole Charbonneau

List of selected cases 2009

Case 1:
Give Something back: A company built for the community Sonoma State University Written by: Javier Perez
Case 2:
Survey Research Associates Pace University Written by:Raymond Lopez
Case 3:
Short case:Crash
Case 4:
Live case: Jet Aviation Presented by: Hani Farag, Eugene Hartl and Olivier Grassman
Case 5:
Israel’s Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd.: Success with a Hybrid Business Model ICFAI Business School Case Development Centre Written by: Vandana Jayakumar and Vara Vasanthi
Semi-Final Case:
TATA MOTORS’ Acquisition of Jaguar and Land Rover ICFAI Center for Management Research Written by: Vivek Gupta and Indu Perepu
Final Case:
Starbucks back to basics ICFAI Center for Management Research Written by: SS George and Sachin Govind

List of selected cases 2008

Case 1:
The Wii: Nintendo’s Video Game Revolution Northeastern University Written by: David Wesley and Gloria Barczak
Case 2:
Scwartz & Co. LLP: The Accounting Services Industry St. John’s University Written by: Robert J. Mockler, Brian Pagano, Dorothy Dologite and Marc Gartenfeld
Case 3:
Greenpeace International: Managing the Public Image
Case 4:
Live case: Costco Presented by: Ron Damiani
Case 5:
Tata Steel’s Acquisition of Corus ICFAI Center for Management Research Written by: Vivek Gupta
Semi-Final Case:
Executive Air Charter Northeastern University Written by: Raymond M. Kinnunen and Susan F. Sieloff
Final Case:
Sula Vineyards Pace University Written by: Dr. Raymond H. Lopez, Armand Gillinsky Jr. and Jigar Shah

List of selected cases 2007

Case 1:
British Airways: responding to low cost carriers Concordia University Written by: William D. Taylor
Case 2:
Vegetarian Gardens: Grow in Guyana or is the Grass Greener Elsewhere? University of Ottawa Written by: Shawn Roy and Prescott C. Ensign
Case 3:
Carrefour’s Strategies in China ICFAI Centre for Management Research Written by: Vivek Gupta and Indu P.
Case 4:
Live case: Alcan Presented by: Arvind Jain, Carmine Nappi, Daniel Allaire
Case 5:
The Betapharm Acquisition: DRL’s Inorganic Growth Strategy in Europe ICFAI Center for Management Research Written by: Rajiv Fernando and Debapratim Purkayastha
Semi-Final Case:
Parlance Communications in Mexico University of Ottawa Written by: Andrew Ray Lunnie and Prescott C. Ensign
Final Case:
BlackBerry in Red China: Research In Motion Navigates Institutional Barriers in an Emerging Market University of Ottawa Written by: Prescott C. Ensign and Nicholas Robinson

List of selected cases 2006

Case 1:
Rayovac Corporation North Eastern University Written by: David Weasley
Case 2:
Alpes S.A. North Eastern University Written by: David Weasley
Case 3:
Live case: Cirque Du Soleil Presented by: Marc Gagnon
Case 4:
Short Case : Exxon Mobil Corporation
Case 5:
Wal-mart’s strategies in China ICFAI Center for Management Research Written by: Ruchi Chaturvedi, Sanjib Dutta & Vivek Gupta
Semi-Final Case:
NYK Group: The Ceres Acquisition Dalhousie University Written by: Mary Brooks
Final Case:
Oliver’s Market Sonoma State University Written by: Armand Gilinsky

List of selected cases 2005

Case 1:
Brooktrout Technology Inc. Northeastern University Written by: Raymond Kinnunen
Case 2:
Li & Fung: The Global Value Chain Configurator ICFAI Center for Management Research Written by: Vivek Gupta
Case 3:
Transforming Aer Lingus: Implementing Strategic Change at Ireland’s National Airline Tanaka Business School, Imperial College London, Waterford Institute of Technology Written by: Dr. Thomas C. Lawton (Tanaka Business School, Imperial College London), Dr. Denis G. Harrington (Waterford Institute of Technology), Tazeeb Rajwani (Tanaka Business School, Imperial College London)
Case 4:
Live case: JetBlue Airways: Challenges in the Future Presented by: Captain Al Spain
Case 5:
Charles River Laboratories Northeastern University Written by: Raymong Kinnunen
Semi-Final Case:
Copperfield’s Books Inc. Sonoma State University Written by: Tom Scott and Armand Gilinsky Jr.
Final Case:
L.L. Bean: A Multi-Channel Retailer Tobin College of Business, St. John’s University Written by: Robert Mockler and S. Sookray

List of selected cases 2004

Case 1:
One Card: Building a Savings and Benefits Platform Center for Asian Cases University of Hong Kong Written by: Thomas M. Hout
Case 2:
General Motors Defense Richard Ivey School of Business University of Western Ontario Written by: Changwha Chung
Case 3:
Staffing Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. Richard Ivey School of Business University of Western Ontario Written by: Ken Mark
Case 4:
Live case: Bombardier Inc. – New Product Launch
Case 5:
Hilti 2003: Maintaining a Proactive Sense of Urgency University of St. Gallen Written by: Prof. Heike Bruch & Sabine Bieri
Semi-Final Case
Taji Group Co., Ltd Western China Managerial Case Projects Canada-China University-Industry Partnership Program Written by: Lin Guo (Xiamen University, China), Weidong Meng (Chongqing University, China), Linming Meng (Xiamen University, China), Jingbo Li (Guizhou University, China)
Final Case
The Globalization of Beringer Blass Wine Estates Written by: Armand Gilinksy Jr., Raymond Lopez, Richard Castaldi

List of selected cases 2003

Case 1
Artemis Images: Providing Content in the Digital Age Written by: Joseph R. Bell, Director, Monfort College of Business, University of Northern Colorado Joan Winn, University of Denver, Daniels College of Business
Case 2
Biochem Pharma, Canadian Leader in Biotechnology Industry Written by: Dr. Martin Boyer, HEC
Case 3
Challenges Brewing at Breckenridge Brewery Written by: John Mullins, London Business School
Case 4
Live case Written and presented by: Pfizer CANADA
Case 5
Huxley Maquiladora Written by: Paul W. Beamish, Associate Dean, Research Director – Asian Management Institute Richard Ivey School of Business, The University of Western Ontario
Semi-Final Case
Luxottica Group: The Optical Industry Written by: Robert J. Mockler, Joseph F. Adams Professor of Management, Tobin College of Business, St. John’s University Daniella S. Millevoi, Tobin College of Business, St. John’s University Marc E. Gartenfeld, Tobin College of Business, St. John’s University
Final Case
The Internationalisation OF ALLIED IRISH BANKS Written by: Dr. Thomas C. Lawton, Imperial College London, University of London Dr. Denis G. Harrington, Waterford Institute of Technology
Backup Case
An Intrapreneurial Program: A Myriad of Ideas Written by: Véronique Bouchard

List of selected cases 2002

Case 1
Deere & Company, Plowing the new millennium Written by: Peter G. Goulet, Lynda L. Goulet, University of Northern Iowa, & Tony D. Thelen, Deere & Company
Case 2
Singapore Telecommunications Limited: The Bid for Cable & Wireless HKT Limited Written by: Mary Ho, Centre for Asian Business Cases (CABC)
Case 3
Japan Net Bank: Japan’s First Internet-only Bank Written by: Vincent Mak, Centre for Asian Business Cases (CABC)
Case 4
Union Financial: Anytime, Anywhere Written by: Joan Leach, the Laurier Institute
Case 5
Liberating Entrepreneurial Energy Written by: Heike Bruch & Bernd Vogel, University of St. Gallen
Case 6
Air Canada et l’industrie du voyage sur Internet Written by: Sylvain Senecal & Jacques Nantel, HEC
Live case
SNC-Lavalin

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