ECSB Case Writing Competition – Call for Entrepreneurship Teaching Cases


Extended Submission Deadline 31 March 2017


ECSB are inviting submissions of original teaching cases that advance the field of entrepreneurship and small business. Cases must not have been previously published or submitted for review to a conference, book or journal.

1st prize – ECSB membership for one year, ECSB Best Case Award Certificate, opportunity to publish in Book of Selected Cases.
2nd prize – ECSB Best Case Nominee Certificate, opportunity to publish in Book of Selected Cases.
3rd prize – ECSB Best Case Nominee Certificate, opportunity to publish in Book of Selected Cases.


Case study material will be disseminated through ECSB website to ECSB members. A selection of the best cases will be published in an edited book of entrepreneurship case studies. Cases selected for the book will need to include a teaching note.


Case Topics

Potential case topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Opportunity Recognition
  • Writing a Business Plan
  • Business Model
  • Building an Entrepreneurial Team
  • Funding the Business
  • Growing the Business
  • Human Resource Management
  • Marketing in Small Businesses and Entrepreneurial Ventures
  • Developing Your Management Team
  • International Entrepreneurship
  • Environment
  • Exit Strategy
  • Ethics
  • Motivation
  • Financial Management
  • Corporate Entrepreneurship
  • The Launch and Development of Social Enterprises
  • Technology Entrepreneurship
  • Rural Entrepreneurship
  • Gender
  • Mundane Entrepreneurship
Selection Criteria for ECSB Cases

Case material will be assessed as follows:

  1.  Interest and relevance of the topic for entrepreneurship
  2. Quality of the document
  3. Quality of writing
  4. Structure of the document
  5. Clarity and conciseness
  6. Quality and consistency of supporting data
  7. Quality “as a case”
  8. There is a concrete and non-theoretical issue (or set of issues) to be discussed
  9. There is a decision (or decisions) to be made
  10. There is a protagonist who faces the issue and has to make a decision or take some course of action
  11. The discussion can be supported with data and info from the case
  12. The problems, issues and decisions are controversial and not trivial
  13. There are clear teaching objectives, and these can be achieved with the case
  14. Overall assessment: the case is a quality document and would generate a good “case method” discussion

A case can address issues within a firm, regardless of its size or industry if the core issue is entrepreneurial in nature. Cases can concern specific function within the firm or the operations overall. Cases may consider both the central business issue and the context.

Participation in the call requires a submission of case study to indicating in the subject line “Entrepreneurship Case Studies” by 31 March 2017. Please see the detailed submission guidelines from the call below.

European Entrepreneurship Case Study Resource Centre (EECSRC)


ECSB provides its members access to European Entrepreneurship Cases as well as material on how to develop and teach with cases. The European Entrepreneurship Case Study Resource Centre (EECSRC) was established as part of a European Commission Call for Proposals entitled ‘Entrepreneurial Culture of Young People, and Entrepreneurship Education’ (ENT/CIP/09/E/N02S001).

Using active learning methods, such as case studies, is often more complex than traditional teaching methods. As a result, the European Entrepreneurial Case Study Resource Centre was developed to encourage and foster this approach to teaching by providing entrepreneurial case studies and resources to third level education facilitators throughout Europe. The library of case studies aids third level teachers who wish to use a more practice-based action-orientated approach to teaching, which also overcomes time and resource constraints that inhibit lecturers from producing their own case study material for instruction purposes. The European entrepreneurial case studies are freely available to entrepreneurship educators across Europe. The library resource ensures that third level educators can engage students in entrepreneurial thinking and business problem solving that are reflective of the environment in which students live and work.

Support for the EECSRC website has ended, but all case studies can be accessed through the link below.