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Best Teaching Case Studies Awards

The Best Teaching Case Studies Awards competition identifies and recognizes outstanding teaching case studies related to all Decision Sciences Institute (DSI) disciplines. All case study authors are invited to submit new and innovative cases to the competition. Prize award of $500.

Submission Deadline: June 1, 2024
to be eligible for the competition.


To be eligible for consideration, a submission must meet the following criteria:

  • The case cannot have won a DSI Best Teaching Case Studies Award at a previous DSI conference.
  • The case must have been written in the past five years (since 2019) and must not have been formally accepted in print or through a Case Clearing House (e.g., Darden, Ivey, etc.).
  • Finalists must register for and present their cases at the 2024 DSI Annual Conference in Phoenix, AZ in order to be eligible to win. The winner will be announced at the conference after these live presentations. For co-authored cases, a minimum of one author must register for the meeting.
  • Submission title page listing all author(s) names, affiliations, and contact information. This is the only place in the submission files where the authors’ names should appear.
  • Case document
  • Teaching note
  • Supplementary files (Optional)


A panel of case experts will judge submissions and will identify three finalists on the basis of the following criteria:

  • Worthy Focus – Does the case address an important and timely business or managerial issue?
  • Learning Challenge – Does the case engage the student in an appropriate and intellectually challenging way?
  • Clarity – Does the case present the facts, data, and decision(s) to be made in a clear and concise way, consistent with its focus and objectives?
  • Professional Appearance –  Does the case and teaching note present a well-written and complete teaching package?
  • Potential for Use – Are the case and teaching note likely to receive widespread and effective use?
  • Comprehensive Analysis – Does the case encompass the right combination of qualitative and/or quantitative issues as appropriate for the case?
  • Course/Concepts Linkages – Are the theoretical linkages in the case appropriate to the course and the topic?
  • Well-defined Pedagogical Note – Does the teaching note provide adequate guidance regarding how to teach and position the case in a course, and outline key learning points?

The three finalists will present their cases at the DSI Annual meeting. The judges will select a winner based on a combination of the written material and the presentation.

Case authors whose cases are not selected as finalists may be invited to present their cases in a general session at the DSI Annual Conference.

Submission Procedure

All submission files, including author information, case, teaching notes, supplementary files, etc., should be submitted via the Conference Submission System (CMS).

  • All submissions must be received by June 1, 2024, to be eligible for the competition.
  • The finalists will be announced in September 2024.
  • As previously noted, the winner will be determined immediately after their live competition presentations in Phoenix, AZ, and announced during the Awards Ceremony at the 55th DSI Annual Conference.

With further questions regarding the Best Teaching Case Studies Awards, please contact:

Kathleen Iacocca | Villanova University |kathleen.iacocca@villanova.edu