About the Awards
ecch Case Awards are presented annually to recognise worldwide excellence in case writing and to raise the profile of the case method of learning. The Awards (formerly the European Case Awards) have been presented since 1991. Awards are made in up to nine management categories; for one overall winning case; two case writing competition categories for a case by a new author and for a newly authored case on a 'hot topic'; and to recognise the outstanding contribution of an individual associated with the case method.
In 2013, ecch introduced a new competition category, Innovation in Case Teaching, designed to recognise dedicated management educators that are achieving excellence through innovative, creative approaches to case teaching.
ecch identifies winning cases through an objective process - cases are judged anonymously.
Overall winner and nine category winners
All cases registered with ecch during the last five years are put forward for consideration. The winning case in each category is the one that has achieved the highest growth in popularity among peers worldwide, based on the number of individual organisations ordering and teaching the case during the last calendar year. A case that has won a category award in a previous year cannot win again, but is eligible, once, for the overall award (eg the 2010 overall award winning case won the marketing category in 2009).
Case writing competition categories
All submissions must have been tested in the classroom, completed in the specified time frame and be in English. They may be compiled from field research, published sources or generalised experience. Authors may submit a single case or a case series. The case, or case series, must be a maximum of 5,000 words, excluding exhibits and annexes. Each submission must be accompanied by a teaching note for which there is no word limit.
Innovation in case teaching competition category
This award is intended to encourage innovation in its widest sense. The category is broadly defined to offer recognition to a range of circumstances, from the adoption of new technology to being a pioneer of case use at your organisation. Entrants must provide a statement explaining their innovative use of cases in business education teaching. The statement should include why and how this example positively affected student learning.
Outstanding contribution to the case method
Nominations are collected by ecch and the executive committee, and the committee votes for a winner from the shortlist.
View the 2013 ecch Case Award winners
View previous award winners