Case Writing Competition

Case writing competition: The Case for Women

In partnership with The Case for Women, Emerald Publishing and Forté, we launched a case study competition focused on the female case protagonist. Entries are now closed for this year, and we will be announcing our winner and two runners up in January 2021.

Women in case studies

The aim of this competition is to encourage and promote the development of high-quality teaching case material that positively represents real women in leadership positions in the workplace.

Having 10 years of research on award-winning case papers, Lesley Symons of The Case for Women showed that women protagonists are present in only 11% of award-winning case papers. She developed the Symons Test which is used to assess the presence of women in case papers:

  • Does it have a woman in it?
  • Is she the protagonist?
  • Does she speak to another woman about the business?
Only 4% of the case papers researched met all three of the rules. 

The award

The total prize fund for the collection is $10,000. Prizes are awarded to the overall winner and two runners-up.

Upcoming Events


Fast Track Curriculum Innovation
Award Winners Webinar

Wednesday, January 27, 2021
2:00 p.m. EST/11:00 a.m. PAC


Developments Driving
Graduate Business Education
Curriculum Change During 2020

Tuesday, February 9, 2021
1:00 p.m. EST/10:00 a.m. PAC