Case Writing Competition

The 2017 John Molson MBA Case Writing Competition is now open.

For its 36th edition, the 2017 John Molson MBA International Case Competition (ICC) is pleased to invite you to submit original business cases. The ICC is the oldest and most prestigious competition of its kind. As the 2017 John Molson MBA ICC Organizing Team, we are extremely proud to host and celebrate its continued success. The competition will be held from January 1st to 6th, 2017 in Montreal. It will unite 36 teams of students from different MBA programs around the globe to compete for the Concordia Cup. Up to five cases will be selected for use during the competition.

We are eager to read your submissions – the time is now. Show us what you’ve got!

Who can enter?

Any individual or group of individuals are eligible to submit cases for consideration, except for participating students or persons involved with training, coaching or other preparation of participating students at the 36th edition of the ICC.

How to enter?

All entries must be submitted electronically to no later than September 23rd, 2016.

Required documents:

1.  Your original case including supporting documentation (.doc or .docx file)
2.  Your completed Entry Form (.pdf file)

Please note the following:

•   Upon request, applicants may be required to submit a Statement of Authorization.
•  Cases not selected for the ICC will be released back to authors in November 2016 and winning cases will be released post-competition in January 2017.

Case Requirements

Submitted cases should be geared towards MBA students and must be:

•   Unpublished, untested and not presented or discussed in any public form. Confidentiality is of the utmost importance we expect our case writers to work with this in mind;
•   A maximum of 20 pages of narrative (double-spaced and limited to 250 words per page), and no more than 30 pages total (ie. including financial documentation and other appendices). Note that case text is not permitted in appendices;
•   Based on either field research or research from secondary sources and must describe a recent business situation in an actual organization. Topic for cases can deal with any business discipline such as: strategy, finance, marketing, e-commerce, organizational behavior, governance, entrepreneurship, international trade, etc.;
•   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.


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 writing and the degree of challenge faced by the students. Winners will be notified by email.

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

*All currencies are in Canadian dollars

Note: If a case has multiple authors, the awarded amount will be divided evenly among the authors.
All decisions made by the selection committee are final.