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CEEMAN case writing competition

We are delighted to announce that the 26th CEEMAN/Emerald case writing competition is now open.


The aim of the competition is to encourage and promote the development of high-quality teaching case material relevant to the realities of dynamic and emerging economies and at the same time promote the development of case-writing capabilities in those countries. 

In the spirit of a fully inclusive competition, we encourage global submissions. The co-organisers will support global exposure of the submitted high-quality cases through a direct link with the Emerald Emerging Markets Case Studies collection (EMCS), a growing collection of case studies with teaching notes. All case submissions will be considered for international publication in EMCS.


We are pleased to offer feedback to authors of cases submitted to this competition early. If you submit your case before 19 April, you will receive some feedback from the judges of the competition, and be able to revise and resubmit your case before 7 June for final judging. Please note the early feedback will be brief, general comments on the focus of your case/teaching notes that will help you improve for the competition and is not full double-blind peer review. You will receive in-depth feedback once your case is submitted for peer review in EMCS.

Compulsory submission criteria

  • Cases should have a developing and emerging markets focus (central and eastern Europe, Latin America, Africa, Asia, Oceania and Middle East).
  • All cases should be teaching cases based on a real situation in a real company, with a clear decision-making situation, and prepared in accordance with case writing guidelines provided in the instructional materials below.
  • Academic (research) cases will not be accepted for evaluation by the jury.
  • Case studies submitted should not have been published before in their current or substantially similar form, or be under consideration for publication in any ISSN/ ISBN-registered publication or with any other case-centre.
  • All case studies must be accompanied by a consent to publish release form, which has been completed and signed by the management of the company or individuals included in the case.
  • 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 submitting your case to the competition you are agreeing to have your case published in EMCS and complete a minimum of 2 rounds of review if required.  Please note that the cash prizes are only paid upon publication of the cases (or at the conclusion of the second revision stage if not published earlier) and cases cannot be submitted for publication elsewhere while being considered by EMCS.
  • Please consult the competition evaluation checklist before submitting your case.

Important dates

Submission deadline: 7 June 2020
Winner announced: July 2020
Presentation: 28th CEEMAN Annual Conference in Trieste, Italy 23 – 25th September 2020.

The award

The total CEEMAN/Emerald award prize pool is worth over €10,000, including €4,000 prize money. Prizes are awarded to the overall winner and two runners-up.

Submit your case study

You should prepare your case study according to the Emerging Markets Case Studies (EMCS) author guidelines. You can then submit your case study through the CEEMAN special issue on ScholarOne. 

Read the guidelines and submit

Previous winners

25th competition

2019 CEEMAN and Emerald case writing competition: winning and shortlisted cases

CEEMAN and Emerald are delighted to announce the winners of the 25th Annual Case Writing Competition.

A total number of 27 case studies written by 49 authors from 11 countries (Australia, France, India, Indonesia, Pakistan, Russia, South Africa, Sweden, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, USA) were submitted to the competition.

The evaluation committee composed of professors Vladimir Nanut, MIB School of Management, Italy; Al Rosenbloom, Dominican University, USA; and Leif Sjoblom, IMD, Switzerland, deliberated over each case individually before deciding on a score for the case and teaching note separately.

The winning cases

  • 1st place: Drink The Duchess: Marketing challenges and opportunities encountered when SMEs internationalise by Geoff Bick and Fran Heathcote, University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business, South Africa

    The authors will share a money prize of €2,500, 100% scholarship for participation in one of CEEMAN faculty development programmes, and a 12-month free subscription to an Emerald subject collection.

  • 2nd place: It's Everybody's Business, Period.  By Sadaf Taimoor and Mahnoor Hameed, NUST Business School, Pakistan

    The authors will share a money prize of €1,000, 50% scholarship for participation in one of CEEMAN faculty development programmes, and a 12-month free subscription to an Emerald subject collection.

  • 3rd place: United to innovate: Grameen Veolia Water by Anne-Claire Pache and Kevin Andre, ESSEC Business School, France

    The authors will receive a money prize of €500, 30% scholarship for participation in one of CEEMAN faculty development programmes, and a 12-month free subscription to an Emerald subject collection.

    CEEMAN Case Writing Competition 2019 winners

    Left to right: Danica Purg (CEEMAN President), Claire Barnardo (Cases Writing Centre Manager at GSB, University of Cape Town), Richard Whitefield (Emerald Publishing) and Nanut Vladimir (CEEMAN/Emerald competition judge).

Contact us

For more information on the CEEMAN Case Writing Competition and past winners, visit the CEEMAN website. If you have any questions, contact our cases publisher, Gabi Rundle. 

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