Case Writing Competition

The 2021 John Molson MBA Case Writing Competition will open on April 30th, 2021.

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Who can enter?

Any individual or group is eligible to submit cases for consideration, except for participating students or persons involved in their students’ training, coaching or other preparation for the competition.

How to enter?

All entries must be submitted electronically to no later than August 31st, 2021.

Required documents:

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

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 2020 and winning cases will be released post-competition in January 2021.

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 Unpublished, untested, and not presented or discussed in any public forum.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, “The Future of Business”.
  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 e.g. strategy, finance, sustainability, entrepreneurship, e-commerce, international trade, organizational behavior, governance, marketing, succession planning, merger & acquisition.
  5. Written in English or French. Cases submitted in French and selected for the competition will be translated into English and remitted to case writers after the competition.
  6. Submitted electronically (.doc or .docx and .xls or .xlsx for financial documentation) 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.