2016-17 Emerald/AABS
Case Study Competition


Maximize your potential and compete with the brightest minds in Africa

Emerald and the Association of African Business Schools (AABS) are delighted to announce that the 2016-2017 Emerald/AABS Case Study Competition is now open! 

The aim of the competition is to encourage and promote the development of high-quality teaching case material derived from real life situations in Africa.

With the rise of experiential learning, case studies remain a fundamental teaching tool in every subject area within the business school discipline. Those cases with a local focus are critical to developing business school curriculum in the emerging economies; Emerald and the AABS are devoted to developing high-quality cases focused on the African region.

This year, Emerald are increasing the total cash prize fund to $2,250, to reflect their commitment and belief in the importance of emerging markets case studies. The prize fund will be split as follows:

  • US$1,500
  • US$500
  • US$250

The winners will be announced at the AABS Connect Conference on 14-16 May 2017, which is to be held at The American University in Cairo Business School, and we would like the winners to be there. We will provide details on this in the coming weeks.


Applicants must be of African origin or be based at an African institution. All case submissions that fulfil the criteria will be considered for international publication.

How to enter

Entries should be submitted via the ScholarOne Manuscripts submission and peer review system. Registration and access can be found at: http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/eemcs.  When prompted, please select the AABS special issue as the issue to which you are submitting.

All cases must be prepared in accordance with the Emerald Emerging Markets Case Studies collection author guidelines. Page two of the guidelines contains instructions on submitting through ScholarOne Manuscripts.

The following documents must be submitted:

Important dates

Submission deadline – 28th February 2017
AABS Connect Conference – 14-16 May 2017 at The American University in Cairo Business School

AABS Case Studies submitted by Member Schools can be accessed on the AABS website

Please note

  • Permissions documentation must be supplied for any content that is not of the author’s own making, including tables and figures from other sources. Please read Emerald’s permissions guidelines

  • Full Harvard-style referencing must be used for secondary data sources

Important note

Cases will be automatically entered into the peer review process. Selected cases will be published in Emerald Emerging Markets Case Studies [EEMCS] collection [ISSN 2045-0621]. By participating in the competition, you are automatically agreeing to having your case study published in EEMCS, providing it is accepted for publication after peer review and rounds of revision [if required].

Meet our previous winners

Image: Mr Christopher Human (left) & Dr Geoff Bick with their winners' certificate."The competition provided an excellent opportunity and incentive to contribute to the body of teaching cases from (and for) the African continent." Find out more...

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Contact information

Image: Talita Opperman.Talita Opperman
Account Management Executive
Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Tel: +27 (0) 11 502 1620

E-mail: topperman@emeraldinsight.com


Mamodise Mailula
Secretariat Office Manager
Association of African Business Schools
Tel: +27 11 771 4382

E-mail: mamodise@aabschools.com

Image: Resources for Authors.