Entry Requirements


Who Can Enter?

  • Students
    Individual students or student teams (graduate or undergraduate) may enter, as long as they enter in collaboration with a faculty member* currently employed at a degree-granting university or college.
  • Instructors/Faculty
    Individual instructors/faculty or faculty teams, currently employed at a degree-granting university or college, may enter.
  • Other
    Other individuals may also enter the competition. However, they must enter in collaboration with an instructor currently employed at a degree-granting university or college.

Case Study Topic

All submitted case studies must focus on a business dilemma of an organization or company located or doing business in the Middle East North Africa (MENA) region. The organization or company can be small or large, entrepreneurial or long-established and can include private sector multinationals, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), or nonprofit organizations. The key is to ensure the case describes a challenge faced by the organization related to creating, implementing, evaluating, and/or disseminating a market-based solution in the MENA region.

Teaching Note

All submitted case studies must include a teaching note.

Microsoft Word

Case and teaching note must be submitted in MS Word format.


All documents must be submitted in English.

Case and Teaching Note Format

Submitted documents should adhere to the format and style described in WDI Publishing’s “How to Write a Business Case” and “How to Write a Teaching Note”.

Protagonist, Decision Point

Case must have a protagonist, clear dilemma/decision points, and sufficient contextual background information for a student to develop solutions to the dilemma.


All data in the case must be cited (in-text with consecutive numbers) with reputable primary or secondary sources. The consecutive, in-text citations should correspond to full source information at the end of the document as Endnotes. Please use MLA style for endnotes.

Best Practices/Style for WDI Publishing Cases

Please review this brief document for WDI Publishing’s preferred style and best practices. You can access the document here and also under “Case Writing Resources”.


An abstract for the case must accompany your submission documents. The abstract should be 150 words maximum.

Previously unpublished

The case study and teaching note must be previously unpublished.


Case study title should be no more than 12 words total and should include the name of the featured organization.

Primary vs. Secondary Research

If your case study is based on primary data (i.e., proprietary, non-public data gathered via personal interview, phone interview, email interview, etc.), WDI Publishing’s Organization Release Form must be signed by the appropriate contact within the organization before the case will be considered for publication. If your case study is based on secondary data (i.e., data publicly available) then no Organization Release is required.

Authors of the Winning Cases

If your case study is chosen as a 1st, 2nd or 3rd place winner, all authors must sign WDI Publishing’s Distribution License and Royalty Agreement which states:

  • Authors assign WDI Publishing exclusive distribution.
  • Authors certify and accept responsibility for the type of data in the case.
  • Author will receive no royalties on future sales of the case.

Cash Prizes for Winners

Prize money will be awarded in US currency with applicable taxes and bank fees withheld. Prize money will only be paid to the winning authors of the case; no third-party designated recipients. Prize money will not be awarded until authors provide WDI Publishing with the following:

  • Completed W-9 tax form (If a US citizen)
  • Completed W-8BEN tax form with a US ITIN number (If not a US citizen).

Publication of Winning Cases

The three winning cases and their teaching notes will be edited, formatted and published on wdi-publishing.com and priced as determined by WDI Publishing. Once published, copyright permissions must be paid for any usage of the case.

* The requirement to “enter in collaboration with an instructor” is to ensure the submitted case and teaching note have academic rigor and sound pedagogy.