Indigenous voices case writing competition

Enter this new competition, a home for indigenous scholars around the world and underrepresented indigenous voices in case collections, and have your case published globally in The CASE Journal.

Competition status: Closed for entries
Publication: The CASE Journal

This new competition will provide a home for indigenous scholars within the Emerald teaching case ecosystem, highlighting their stories and research.

Due to the historical underrepresentation of Indigenous voices in case collections, there is a pressing need to recognise the contributions of Indigenous authors and business leaders to the literature.

To make sure these cases provide appropriate and positive representation, we have recruited a panel of case experts and indigenous scholars to judge submissions. The competition is open to all communities around the world.

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Award and publication

The total award prize fund is £2,000, including £1,000 for the winner. Prizes of £500 are also awarded to two runners-up.

We consider all submissions for international publication in Scopus-ranked The CASE Journal (TCJ).

Winners will be announced in June 2023 and competition entries will be published as a special issue in late 2023.

Though we are an international publisher, we must comply with all current economic sanctions within the United Kingdom. This may impact our ability to pay authors from restricted countries. Please know, however, that these submissions are still welcome and given all due consideration. If you are concerned about what this might mean for your submission should it go on to win the competition, please contact us.

Entry criteria

Your case should:

  • Be authored by at least one indigenous scholar (non-Indigenous co-authors are welcome so long as this requirement is met).
  • Feature an indigenous protagonist or organisation.
  • Be based on a real situation in a real company with a clear decision-making situation.
  • Be a teaching case, we cannot accept academic (research) cases.
  • Not have been published before in its current or substantially similar form or be under consideration for publication in any ISSN/ ISBN-registered publication or with any other case centre
  • Meet the standard TCJ author guidelines (more below).
  • Include a completed and signed consent to publish release form.
  • Your case will be automatically entered into the peer-review process. Selected cases will be published in the Scopus-ranked TCJ collection (ISSN 1544-9106). By participating in the competition, you are agreeing to publish your case study in TCJ, subject to acceptance for publication after peer review and revisions (if required).


We recognise that terms used to describe identity are not universal, and that definitions of the word "indigenous" may vary around the globe. For the purposes of this competition, however, and to ensure that this space can be properly preserved for under-represented voices, we will base our understanding of "indigenous" peoples on the guidance adopted by the United Nations. This says:

"Indigenous peoples are inheritors and practitioners of unique cultures and ways of relating to people and the environment. They have retained social, cultural, economic and political characteristics that are distinct from those of the dominant societies in which they live. Despite their cultural differences, indigenous peoples from around the world share common problems related to the protection of their rights as distinct peoples."

Read the full guidance PDF factsheet from the United Nations. We will not consider any submissions for the competition that do not follow these guidelines but we can consider them for publication in The CASE Journal’s (TCJ) regular issue pipeline instead. We encourage any potential authors with questions about eligibility to contact the cases publisher, who would be happy to discuss your case.


Before you enter

Find out what paperwork you need to complete and further criteria you need to consider before entering the competition.

Author guidelines

Your case should meet standard TCJ author guidelines to be considered for publication. Find information on format, length, teaching notes and download template documents.

Read guidelines

Consent to publish

Download and include a consent to publish release form with your entry. Your form should be completed and signed by the management of the company or individuals included in your case.

Download form

Title page

Download and include a case study title page with your entry.

Download form

Master case writing: how to write a successful teaching case study

Watch the recording of our recent case writing workshop led by Emerald's cases commissioning lead Melissa Close. 

Learn how to develop a case study for publication, including top tricks and tips to avoid the most common pitfalls of writing. The session also features the founder of the Case for Women Lesley Symons, who offers a few words about the competition's mission, and competition editor Professor Valerie Suslow of John Hopkins University, who shares some final suggestions on how to ensure a successful submission.

Enter the competition

To enter the competition, you will submit your case study through the The CASE Journal collection on ScholarOne Manuscripts.

Competition status: Closed for entries

Select ‘Indigenous voices case competition’ from the options.

Your entry should include: case study, teaching note (instructors’ manual), title page and consent to publish form.


About The CASE Journal

The CASE Journal is the official journal of The CASE Association. It presents students with a modern interpretation of discussion-based teaching, publishing factual teaching cases spanning the full spectrum of business and management disciplines, and strives to equip the next generation of business professionals with the acumen to solve strategic problems in enterprise.

TCJ is a Scopus-indexed journal.


Develop your skills and knowledge

Have a look at our free resources that will help you prepare a high-quality teaching case and accompanying note, ready for submission to the competition.


Emerald Cases Hub

Register on our Emerald Cases Hub, where you can complete a comprehensive course on writing a case study and teaching note or view sample cases.

Get in touch

If you have any questions about the case study competition, please contact our cases publisher Melissa Close using this form.

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