Frequently Asked Questions

Can I send my Participation Form and case submissions by post? 

The submission process for the Case Competition is Internet-based. Kindly send your Participation Form and case submission electronically only. 

How many cases can I submit? 
You are permitted to submit more than one case.

Can I submit a case if I am not an academician?
We can accept cases from non-academicians as long as the principal author of the case is a faculty member or doctoral student affiliated with any B-school/ University. 

Is there a size limit (KB/ MB) for the final case study file?
The maximum size of the file that can be uploaded is 2MB.

Are there any formatting rules for the case and teaching note (e.g., page margins, font size)?
Click here for Editorial Guidelines.
Please ensure that you follow these guidelines as they are part of the evaluation criteria. 

Can my case be based on secondary research alone? 
Though all cases must be based on primary research (i.e., interview based), exceptions may be made for finance cases which can be based on secondary research with proper references throughout the document. Copying or plagiarism will result in disqualification. 

What should be the maximum length of a case and a teaching note? Ideally, how many exhibits should be included? 
The length of the case should be maximum of  8-10 pages of text and 5 pages of Exhibits.  Teaching notes should be 8-10 pages, and consist of a case synopsis, learning objectives, assignment questions, suggested readings, teaching plan, and analysis (3-5 pages of suggested/ possible answers to assignment questions). All the discussion questions in the teaching note should be provided with answers and analysis. There should be no questions listed if answers are not provided. Although it may not necessarily be relevant to the author’s pedagogical objectives, some instructors prefer to see a short “What Happened” section at the end of the teaching note.

Can I submit a case without a teaching note? 
No, a case without a teaching note will be rejected.

Can I resubmit a case which was rejected in the previous ISB-Ivey case writing competitions? 
If you have reworked on the case and improved it considerably, you may resubmit the case; however, ensure that the case is about a situation that is post- January 2010. 

Can I submit my case to the ISB-Ivey Global Case Competition if I have entered my case in other competitions this year?
If your case was entered in any other competition but was not selected, you may submit your reworked and improved case to the ISB-Ivey Global Case Competition. The case should not be entered in any other case competition at the same time.

Can a case that has been presented elsewhere, but not published, be submitted for the competition? 
Yes. As long as the case has not been published elsewhere, it may be submitted for the competition. Please note that the case should not be entered in any other case competition at the same time.

Why do I need consent from the company? 
A signed consent from the company provides the following:
* Authorisation for use of the case at the ISB, Ivey, and other educational institutions and organisations.
* Acknowledgment that the copyright of the published case will be held by Ivey. 

Where can I find the Case Release form? 
A sample Case Release form is available for download on the competition website.

What kind of services are provided by ISB for cases shortlisted for publishing in the competition?
Should your submission be accepted for publication by the ISB-Ivey case review team, the ISB team will first share the judges' feedback with you and ensure that you carry out all the necessary corrections and address the judges’ recommendations/ suggestions. The team will evaluate the case and may suggest that you rework certain sections. The editorial team will then edit and proofread your case and teaching note. It will also help you redesign exhibits, if necessary.

When and how can I get access to the judges’ feedback on my case? 
After the announcement of the competition results, the ISB-Ivey team will email the judges’ feedback for all the cases that met the competition guidelines to their author/s.

Can I obtain a sample case for reference?
To review sample cases, visit the Ivey Publishing website ( and register with your academic credentials. You can then get access to all the cases and teaching notes. We however request you not to share these inspection copies with others.

What exactly is meant by the “What Happened” section in the editorial guidelines? 
This refers to the action/s or decision/s that were ultimately taken by the company in the situation described in the case. Addressing this point satisfies the curiosity of the students and brings closure to the case. If the writer has knowledge of what actually happened, it should be conveyed in this section of the teaching note. 

Is there any funding available during the case development process, pre or post competition? 
No, other than the prize money for the winning cases, the Centre at the ISB does not allocate any funds for participation in the competition or to participants.

Will I retain publishing rights if my case is chosen as a winner?
All winning cases will be registered with Ivey and Ivey will hold the copyright of the cases after publication. Post competition, should your case be accepted for publishing as a co-branded ISB-Ivey case, the copyright of that published case will be held by Ivey. Faculty authors will receive a 15 per cent royalty for all external sales of the case. Authors will retain the copyright of cases that are not selected for publication.

Do I have to publish my case with Ivey Publishing? 
If your case is selected for publishing, you have to agree to publish your case with Ivey Publishing. Your case will be listed as a co-branded ISB-Ivey case.  Cases not selected are not bound by this agreement.

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