Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Global Case Writing Competition


Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Global Case Writing Competition

Win up to $10,000 and Strengthen Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Skills in the World’s Future Leaders!

In recognition of recent events across the world, it is an extremely important time to support and strengthen diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) skills and knowledge for today’s students, who will become tomorrow’s global business leaders. That’s why WDI Publishing and the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business, and its Sanger Leadership Center are joining together to invite you to enter our Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) Global Case Writing Competition and submit an academic case study about a DEI-related business dilemma within one or across multiple business disciplines. Enter Track 1, Track 2, or both.

We encourage case authors to feature diverse protagonists who may have nontraditional, yet inclusive, management styles. This is another reason why, by supporting this competition, the sponsors aim to:

  • Encourage and reward the development and publication of new, relevant academic case studies that focus on DEI in business and/or feature diverse protagonists as business leaders.
  • Publish teaching materials that will increase student understanding of the unique and realistic challenges of creating, implementing and sustaining DEI in a business or organization anywhere in the world.
  • Present learning opportunities for students that challenge current ideas about DEI in business and that spur critical thinking for creative pathways for more positive change.


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1st Place Award

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2nd Place Award

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3rd Place Award

First, second and third place prizes will be awarded in Tracks 1 and 2. WDI Publishing will formally publish and distribute the winning cases in Track 1. The Sanger Leadership Center will formally publish and distribute the winners in Track 2 as part of its Leadership Crisis program.


Choose Track 1 or Track 2 or both.



Track 1: Traditional Business Case Study & Teaching Note

This track requires the submission of a traditionally structured business case study and teaching note.

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Track 2: Leadership Crisis Challenge

Track 2 requires submission of a Leadership Crisis Challenge (LCC). An LCC is based on a traditional case study, however, is written and designed as a real-time, role-playing event that offers students a rigorous opportunity for action-based learning.

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Who Can Enter?

  • Individual students or student teams (graduate or undergraduate) and other professionals may enter but must enter in collaboration with a faculty member or instructor from an accredited university/college, in the U.S. or internationally.
  • Individual faculty/instructors or teams from an accredited university/college (in the U.S. or internationally) may also enter.

Key Dates

  • December 31, 2020: Extended deadline for entry forms. (Entry form only, NOT final submissions.)
  • March 24, 2021: Final submission documents due.
  • June 2, 2021: Public announcement of winners.

Steps to Enter

  1. Review entry requirements for Track 1 or Track 2 and Resources.
  2. Choose Track 1 or Track 2.
  3. Submit online Entry Form by extended deadline of December 31, 2020. (ONLY your entry form is due, NOT your final submission.)
  4. Submit online Submission Form and final documents by March 24, 2021.


Thank you for the support of our sponsors. Learn more about them here.

Michigan Ross Logo

University Diversity &
Social Transformation Professorship

Sanger Leadership Center logo

The William Davidson Institute at the University of Michigan logo

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For all inquiries, please contact us at info@wdi-publishing.com.