2023 DEI Global Case Writing Competition

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is this competition being held?

This competition is being held to encourage and reward the development and publication of new DEI-focused case studies for use in higher education that provide student learning opportunities for critical thinking about DEI in business.

Why do we need more DEI-focused case studies?

The availability and use of more DEI-focused case studies can foster cultural sensitivity among students; equip students to manage real-life scenarios in which varying perspectives and lived experiences come into play; prepare students for increasingly diverse workplaces where DEI is a strategic advantage; and help students learn about critical and timely strategies to promote equity and inclusion throughout the entire business value chain.

Who can enter the competition?

University faculty, either individually or in teams; graduate or undergraduate students, either individually or in teams – as long as they enter in collaboration with a faculty member; other professionals and practitioners can also enter, again, as long as they enter in collaboration with a faculty member.

If I am not a faculty member at a university/college, why do I need to collaborate with one in order to enter the competition?

We require faculty collaboration to ensure the submitted documents have academic rigor and strong pedagogy.

What makes this a “global” case writing competition?

The competition is open to faculty, students, or practitioners from anywhere in the world. Also, the setting of the submitted case can be anywhere in the world.

What are the prizes?

First place receives $10,000. Second place receives $5,000. Third place receives $2,500. In addition, the first, second, and third place winners will be published by WDI Publishing. There may also be Honorable Mentions awarded and they will also be published by WDI Publishing, but will receive no prize money.

What is an “Intent-to-Enter” form and why do I have to complete one?

The Intent-to-Enter form, due on Jan. 31, 2023, can be found on the competition website here. It is a brief form that asks you for information such as: Is your protagonist and featured organization real or fictional? What is the case dilemma/decision point? What are the preliminary teaching objectives? We ask for this information because it give us an opportunity to respond back to you if the decision point, teaching objectives, or other information needs any adjustments before the final submission date of March 31, 2023. Think of the Intent-to-Enter form as a check-in opportunity on the way to submitting your final case and teaching note!

How long should my case be?

There are no specific requirements for the number of total pages in your case and teaching note. However, the average number of pages in a typical Microsoft Word case submitted to WDI Publishing is between 12 and 22 pages, using 12 pt font, single-spaced, and inclusive of tables, figures, exhibits, and appendices. The average number of pages in a teaching note ranges from 8 to 15.

Why must a teaching note be submitted along with my case?

A teaching note is the foundation upon which a successful case study is built. The purpose of the teaching note is to provide instructors (who adopt the case) with a “how to” guide for facilitating the case discussion in class. A good teaching note will give instructors a road map for class discussion and serve as a starting point for instructors who would like to adapt the material to their classroom needs.

Additionally, a teaching note makes a case study much more likely to be adopted!

Do I have a better chance of winning if I write about a real company or organization, instead of a fictional one?

No. Your case can feature either a real or fictional company or organization. Additionally, the protagonist can be real or fictional. But remember: if the featured company is real, and the protagonist is real, you may need someone at the company to complete WDI Publishing’s Organization Release, especially if you incorporate any data or information that is NOT publicly available. For more details, contact: info@wdi-publishing.com.

How will my submission be reviewed/judged?

The criteria upon which your submission will be judged can be found here. Additional submission requirements can be found here. First and second rounds of reviews will be double-blind, i.e., the reviewers will not know the identity of the submitting author(s), and vice versa. Finalist judging will be reverse single-blind, i.e., finalist judges will not know the identity of the submitting author(s), but authors will know the identity of the finalist judges, as they are featured here.

When are my final, submitted documents due?

March 31, 2023.

How do I submit my final documents?

Go to the Submission Form page and fill out all the requested information. At the end of this process, you will be prompted to upload your case and teaching note documents, as well as any other relevant files, such as the Organization Release form, or other supplemental documents that you want included with your case.

How can I learn more about case writing and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion?

Please visit our Resources page which offers case writing and DEI background. Also, at the top of this page is a list of upcoming informational webinars that will provide additional guidance and instruction.


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Sponsor logos for the DEI Case Competition: Michigan Ross, William Davidson Institute and WDI Publishing