Case Writing Competition

The 2018 John Molson MBA Case Writing Competition is now open.

For its 37th edition, the 2018 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 2018 John Molson MBA ICC Organizing Team we are extremely proud to host and celebrate its continued success.

The theme for the 2018 ICC is business ownership – encompassing a diverse variety of cross-functional subjects including corporate governance, inter-generational ownership and/or management transition, private vs. public ownership, financing growth, acquisitions, monetization/liquidity, etc. Case submissions clearly addressing a business ownership issue will be given priority consideration.

The competition will be held from January 1st to 6th, 2018 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 37th edition of the ICC.

How to enter?

All entries must be submitted electronically to no later than September 29th, 2017.

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 2017 and winning cases will be released post-competition in January 2018.

Case Requirements

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

  1. Unpublished, untested, and not presented or discussed in any public forum. Confidentiality is of the utmost importance and the expectation is that case writers will abide by this requirement;
  2. A maximum of 20 pages of narrative (double-spaced and limited to 250 words per page) and no more than 30 pages in total, including financial documentation and other appendices (case text is not permitted in appendices). Teaching notes are not required;
  3. Related to the broad theme of this year’s ICC, business ownership;
  4. 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, e-commerce, organizational behavior, governance, sustainability, entrepreneurship, international trade, merger & acquisition, succession planning, etc;
  5. Written in English or French. Cases submitted in French and selected for the ICC will be translated into English and remitted to case writers after the ICC;
  6. Submitted in electronic format (.doc or .docx file) to


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 the students, the quality and clarity of the writing, and the nature of the challenge to be dealt with by the students. All decisions made by the selection committee are final.

•   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.