CSR Case Writing


HEC Montreal AEMBA Corporate
Social Responsibility Case Writing Competition

The HEC Montréal MBA Students’ Association (AEMBA, Association des Étudiants MBA des Hautes Études Commerciales inc.), in conjunction with the HEC Montréal MBA program, Pôle Ideos (Social Impact Center)1 and the International Journal of Case Studies in Management (IJCSM)2, is organizing a bilingual case writing competition. This case writing competition is open to any authors (including those external to HEC as well as non-academic authors) whose cases fit the criteria outlined below.


The winning case in this writing competition will be used in the 12th edition of the AEMBA Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Challenge to be held in March of 2021. During this case study competition, MBA students from all over the world are invited to reflect on and discuss complex issues related to corporate social and environmental responsibility.


$4,000 Cdn will be awarded for the winning case. The prize will be awarded at the closing ceremony of the CSR challenge. If used in the March 2021 AEMBA CSR challenge, the runner-up case will also receive $2,000 Cdn.


The winning case can also be directly submitted to the IJCSM and go through a peer-review process. If retained, additional requirements will apply (e.g. include a fully developed teaching note)3.


Cases which meet the following criteria are eligible for the case writing competition.

  • Beyond simple description of an organization, the case must present a specific managerial challenge.
  • No matter the organization, its size, industry, or geographic region, the managerial challenge in the case must be related to social and environmental responsibility.
  • Cases may be submitted by any author or group of authors (internal or external to HEC Montréal).
  • Cases must be written in English or in French.
  • Cases must present a real-life situation (based on public data, non-public non-disguised
    data, or non-public disguised data). Fictive cases are not admissible. Cases must be
    submitted along with the authorization of the company presented in the case or an
    indication that only publicly available information was used to develop the case.4
  • Cases must have a maximum of 12 pages of text.
  • Cases must not have been previously used in a case competition, published by a case
    center, published in a journal, or publicly available.
  • By submitting a case, authors authorize that – if their case wins this case writing
    competition – it can be used in the 2020 CSR Competition (i.e., distributed to competition
    participants and judges).

Note: Cases should be submitted with a cover letter which explains how the case meets these eligibility criteria.



All submitted cases which meet the submission criteria will be evaluated by a panel of judges. The panel will include representatives from: the IJCSM, the Pôle Ideos, MBA alumnis and experts working in the industry. The panel will evaluate the submissions according to the following criteria:

  • Fit of the case with the CSR Case Competition theme of social and environmental responsibility.
  • Potential of the case to elicit interesting ideas, discussion, and analysis by students at an MBA level.
  • Quality of the case writing (logic, consistency, structure, flow, etc.) such that it could be used as-is (or with minor modifications) in an international case competition.



  • October 15th, 2020 – Due date for submitting cases.
  • October-November 2020 – Case selection by the jury.
  • November 2020-January 2021 – Working with authors, the selected case will be edited and translated as needed to prepare it for the competition. While authors are not required to submit teaching notes for the case writing competition, authors of the winning case will be encouraged to prepare teaching notes to be used by the judges in the CSR Challenge.
  • March 2021 – Selected case will be used in the CSR Challenge. The case writing prize will be announced at the closing ceremony of the CSR Challenge. Note: The case writing prize cannot be announced before the competition as the cases which are being used in the competition cannot be known in advance by teams competing in the CSR Challenge.


Submission deadline: October 15th, 2020

Any questions and the case submission should be emailed to:

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