American University of Beirut

The Case Hub Case Writing Competition Call 2024

​​​​​The Case Hub at the Suliman S. Olayan School of Business, American University of Beirut, is hosting its second annual Case Study Writing Competition. The competition aims to promote impactful case studies and honor the best case study writers about the Arab MENA region and Cyprus.

Business schools around the world host undergraduate and graduate students from various backgrounds. Despite this diversity in the student population, cases used for teaching often include executive protagonists from a small sliver of the population. This lack of representation hinders the ability of learners to relate to the content, and negatively impacts the effectiveness of the material. 

The Case Writing Competition seeks to close this learning gap by encouraging authors to create teaching cases staged in the Arab MENA region (Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, and Yemen) or Cyprus. The competition invites authors from all fields of business management to write cases with primary protagonists from this underrepresented region. The objectives are to encourage the production of high-quality teaching case materials as well as promote capacity building in writing cases about the targeted regions.


Case authors from all business disciplines are invited to submit a case study to this year’s Case Writing Competition. Exposing our students to a variety of cases from different disciplines will define their careers and their contributions to both their enterprises and the world around them.


Up to three winning case studies will be selected. The winning cases will obtain:
  • Recognition through a feature in The Case Hub news, website, and social media
  • A plaque with a certificate for display 
  • Monetary prizes of $3,000 for the best case study, $1,500 for the runner-up, and $750 for the third case. Prizes will be awarded to authors after publication. (If a case has multiple authors, the prize money will be transferred to the first author who will have the responsibility to share it with the other authors.)
  • Winning case submissions will be reviewed for possible publication in our co-branded collection with Ivey Publishing. Revisions may be requested to the case study and teaching note before being accepted for publication. 
  • Copyright will be held by Ivey Publishing and royalties paid by Ivey Publishing to the authors. 


  • The competition is open to academicians and practitioners; joint submissions are encouraged. At least one of the co-authors must be a faculty member or a Ph.D. candidate actively teaching at a business school.
  • All case studies must be positioned in the MENA region or Cyprus, and target a topic of interest to business education.
  • Case studies must be based on a real (undisguised) decision made by a real protagonist in a real organization using either primary sources (interviews, field visits, and data) or secondary research.
  • All case studies must be anonymous. Author and institution names must be concealed.
  • Case studies must be original and unpublished.
  • Submissions are accepted in both English and Arabic.


To participate in the Case Writing Competition, submit the following:
  • Abstract that highlights the key issues of the case study and the nature of available data, up to 200 words
  • Case study including supporting documentation (.doc or .docx file)
  • Teaching note
  • A Consent to use release form for field-based cases, available at this link
  • Any other supplementary material
The Case Writing Competition has a strong preference for field-based cases (cases based on direct contact and/or fieldwork with a company, including interviews, internal company data, etc.). 

Cases must be written in English or Arabic. Cases submitted in Arabic and selected for publishing will be translated into English.

Writers providing financial exhibits must ensure that their .xls or .xlsx files are usable and editable.

Cases based on published sources should list all sources. Citations should reflect CMOS17 – Chicago Manual of Style. Guide available at this link​.

Case length not to exceed 8 pages of body text (Times New Roman 11pt, single spaced). 

All submissions must include a teaching note (recommended sections: synopsis, learning objectives, teaching the case study, suggested supplementary material, suggested assignment questions, analysis, and epilogue).

Authors should hold copyright at submission. The cases should have never been published in part or in whole in any other venue. 

For inquiries, please contact Dr. Randa Salamoun, Director of The Case Hub, at​.


  • The submitted case and teaching note will be peer-reviewed by one or more judges selected by The Case Hub.
  • All submitted cases will be subject to review by plagiarism detection software. 
  • The case study and the teaching note have equal weights in the evaluation.
  • The following are examples of criteria that will be used: relevance to business education, innovativeness of the topic, readability and understandability of the narrative, multi-perspective narrative/ situation, additional resources (multimedia videos, data files, etc. that enrich the case study), classroom utility (Successful classroom use as relayed in teaching and usage notes that provide thorough analysis and detailed teaching suggestions will be particularly valued), and timeliness and timelessness (Both new cases that fill important and emerging curriculum gaps and those that remain resilient in long and widespread use will receive special consideration).
  • All decisions made by the selection committee are final.


Free Webinar​​
16 April 2024 at 4 pm EEST / GMT+3​
Submission Opens
23 April 2024  | Submit HERE​​
Deadline for Case Study Sub​missions
16 September 2024
Announcement of Winners
1 December 2024
Award Ceremony
February 2025 at the Third Case Hub Case Conference​​




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