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Cases Programme

  • Launched in 2003, the oikos Cases Programme supports the development and use of cases on sustainability in courses on management, finance and entrepreneurship. It comprises the annual oikos Case Writing Competition and the oikos Case Collection.

    The competition invites scholars from around the world to submit cases in one of three tracks on corporate sustainability (started in 2003), social entrepreneurship (started in 2009) and sustainable finance (started in 2013). An international panel of leading faculty evaluates the cases in a double-blind review process and gives written feedback to all authors. For each of the three tracks the judging committee selects the winners and runners-up. The first prize amounts to CHF 5000, the second prize is CHF 2000 and the third prize CHF 1000.

    Partners of the program include Ashoka, a global organization that identifies and invests in leading social entrepreneurs; caseplace.org, a dedicated and curated library of teaching resources provided by the Aspen Institute to support the integration of sustainability in business education; The Case Centre, the biggest collection of management case studies worldwide; the University of St. Gallen, a front-runner in higher education business courses; as well as WWF, one of the world's largest and most respected independent conservation organizations.

    Inspection copies of all winning cases, as well as runners-up, are included in the oikos Online Case Collection. The collection currently consists of over 80 excellent peer-reviewed cases on sustainability in management and entrepreneurship. A selection of them is also available in the four books published by Greenleaf Publishing titled Case Studies in Social Entrepreneurship – The oikos Collection Vol. 4, Case Studies in Sustainability Management - The oikos Collection Vol. 3 (both published in 2014), Case Studies in Social Entrepreneurship and Sustainability Vol. 2 (published 2011) and Case Studies in Sustainability Management and Strategy Vol. 1 (published 2007).

  • Competition 2016

    The oikos Case Writing Competition promotes the creation of high quality teaching cases on Corporate Sustainability, Social Entrepreneurship and Sustainable Finance. The competition welcomes entries from all parts of the world. Submitted case studies should be suitable for use in management, entrepreneurship and finance education and should be related to issues faced by real organisations and individuals.

    1. Applicants

    • Applicants may be professors, teachers, research assistants or students of business administration, management, finance, economics or related areas.
    • Case entries may have more than one author. Each applicant may submit one case per track only.
    • If you are an author as well as a judge, you can only participate in one of the tracks that you do not serve in as a judge.

    2. Prizes and Incentives

    • The first prize in each track is 5000 Swiss Francs, the second CHF 2000 and the third CHF 1000.
    • The five finalist cases are - unless agreed otherwise - published and promoted either in the oikos free Case Collection, or as an inspection copy (without teaching note) on the oikos website and for sale with the Case Centre (former ECCH). For both options, the copyright fully remains with the case authors or the case authors’ institution.
    • All case authors receive feedback by two experienced reviewers on their case in the first round, and, if they are among the five finalists in their track, feedback on their revised case in the second round.

    3. Evaluation Criteria

    Accepted submissions are subject to a two-step double blind review process. For all three competition tracks the judging committee will pay particular attention to:

    • Concept and content - the integration of the different sustainability dimensions (economic, social, and environmental), the topic relevance and the case’s potential to create a learning experience.
    • Teaching note - a comprehensive teaching note must accompany each submission.
    • Form - the style of writing, quality of presentation and clarity of data.

    4. Important Dates

    Deadline for case submissions: December 1, 2015.
    First round decision: February 2016.
    Final round decision: May 2016.

    5. Requirements

    The case submitted for participation must...

    • be written in English language (max. 20 pages).
    • contain a case abstract (max. 200-400 words).
    • contain a case teaching note (max. 10 pages).
    • be submitted in one single file containing abstract, case and teaching note in the following format: the case should comprise max. 20 pages of case text and max. 10 pages of teaching note (excluding exhibits, pictures and graphs). The document should have a line spacing of 1.5 and use a font size of 11 and a standard page setup. Experience showed that short and concise submissions generally receive higher scores, as they respond better to teaching needs. Please download the oikos template in Microsoft Word here and submit your case in this format along with a PDF copy.
    • be accompanied by the case submission form. Access it here.
    • be accompanied by a release letter signed by the company in question, if the case is based on primary data.
    • be entirely unpublished on the day of submission. It must remain unpublished until the end of the review process.
    • not contain any indication of the authors and the names of the authors’ institution anywhere in the case and on any web-sites or other platforms.
    • be based on a recent real business situation or development (after January 2012) and be usable for teaching at business schools and universities.
    • be submitted via email to by December 1, 2015.

    6. Terms and Conditions

    Participating in the case writing competition means accepting the following terms and conditions:

    • You agree that if your case is among the five finalists, you will submit a revised version for the second review round taking into account the jury’s comments for improving the case.
    • You agree that if your case is among the five finalists, it is published either in the oikos free Case Collection, or as an inspection copy (without teaching note) on the oikos website and for sale with the Case Centre (former ECCH). For both options, the copyright fully remains with the case authors or the case authors’ institution. If you consider submitting a case and you have any concerns regarding this requirement, please contact us on .
    • You agree that if your case is among the five finalists, a case abstract of your case will be published in the CasePlace.org database.

    7. Recommended Websites and Readings

    Please do check our tips on what makes an excellent case and what makes an excellent teaching note.

    Jost Hamschmidt (Ed.): “Case Studies in Sustainability, Management and Strategy: The oikos collection”, Greenleaf Publishing, Sheffield (2007)

    Jost Hamschmidt & Michael Pirson (Ed.): “Case Studies in Social Entrepreneurship and Sustainability: The oikos collection Volume 2”, Greenleaf Publishing, Sheffield (2011)

    8. Submission Form and Format

    Before completing the submission form and submitting your case, please check points 5 and 6 of this page regarding the terms, conditions and requirements for taking part in the competition.

    Access the submission form here.
    Access the oikos format here.

    9. Further Information

    Download the call as a pdf and in case of questions contact

  • Abstracts and further information about the winning and runner-up cases are available by award year below or in alphabetical order in the oikos Case Collection.

    2015

    Corporate Sustainability:

    1st Prize: Hopworks Urban Brewery: A Case of Sustainable Beer
    By Madeleine Pullman, Jacen Greene, Devin Liebmann, Nga Ho and Xan Pedisich (Portland State University)

    2nd Prize: Apple and Conflict Minerals: Ethical Sourcing for Sustainability
    By Debapratim Purkayastha and Adapa Srinivasa Rao (IBS Hyderabad, IFHE University)

    3rd Prize: The German ‘Energiewende’: RWE’s Strategic Choice
    By Timo Busch and Marcel Richert (University of Hamburg)

    Runner-up: Planned Succession at Berrett-Koehler Publishers: Institutionalizing the “BK Way” and Protecting BK Values for Future Success
    By Murray Silverman and Sally Baack (San Francisco State University)

    Runner-up: From Sweatshops to Sustainability: Wal-Mart’s Journey in Bangladesh
    By Surojit Mahato and Indu Perepu (IBS Hyderabad, IFHE University)

    Social Entrepreneurship:

    1st Prize: Fairphone: Organising for Sustained Social Impact
    By Onajomo Akemu and Gail Whiteman (Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University)

    2nd Prize: Sistema Ser: Scaling Private Health Care for the Base of the Pyramid
    By Silke Bucher (HEC Montréal), Urs Jäger (INCAE Business School) and Andrea M. Prado (INCAE Business School)

    3rd Prize: Arunachalam Muruganantham: A Social Entrepreneur Innovating in a Woman’s World
    By Doris Rajakumari John (Amity Research Center)

    Runner-up: Building a Sustainable Enterprise with the Power of Local Communities - The Journey of Neev Herbal Handmade Soaps
    By Saurav Kumar Das and Sanjana Grover (Xavier School of Management)

    Runner-up: Roba Amiga: Social Entrepreneurship in Textile Waste Management
    By Daniel Arenas, Pablo Sánchez and Solange Hai (ESADE Business School)

    Sustainable Finance:

    Winner: Dr. Jim Yong Kim’s Dilemma: International Finance Corporation and the Tata Mundra Power Plant
    By Debapratim Purkayastha and Manish Agarwal (IBS Hyderabad, IFHE University)

    2014

    Corporate Sustainability:

    1st Prize: Organic Growth at Sonnentor
    By Dietmar Sternad, Carinthia University of Applied Sciences; Austria

    2nd Prize: IKEA and the 'Better Cotton Initiative'
    By Stefano Pogutz, Università Bocconi; Italy

    3rd Prize: Accenture Development Partnerships (A) (B)
    By Michelle Rogan and Christiane Bode, INSEAD; France

    Runner-up: Barrick Gold: A Perfect Storm at Pascua Lama
    By Craig Smith and Erin McCormick, INSEAD; France

    Runner-up: Terra Nova (A)
    By Gilles van Wijk and Alireza Ahmadsimab, Essec Business School; France

    Social Entrepreneurship:

    1st Prize: Communauto: A Big Idea for a Big Market
    By Raymond Paquin, Concordia University and Dror Etzion, James Povitz and Benjamin Gruber, McGill University; Canada

    2nd Prize: Clean Water Grow: 'Go or No Go?'
    By Simon Ngawhika and Scott Marshall, Portland State University; USA

    3rd Prize: Wellcome – Growth of a Social Enterprise
    By Karin Kreutzer and Magdalena Kloibhofer, European Business School; Germany

    Runner-up: MokshaYug Access (MYA) in India: Enriching India’s Dairy Farmers
    By Rajan Shah, Amity Research Centers; India

    Runner-up: Mannat Foundation: Building Social Enterprise for the ‘Bottom of the Pyramid’
    By Trupti Karkhanis and Ritu Sinha, Indian Education Society – Management College and Research Centre; India

    2013

    Corporate Sustainability:

    1st Prize: Florida Ice & Farm: Sustainability Champion from an Emerging Economy
    By John Ickis, Ximena Garcia, and Andrea Prado; INCAE Business School; Costa Rica

    2nd Prize: Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc.: Food with Integrity
    By Ram Subramanian, Montclair State University; United States

    3rd Prize: “Protecting Our Oceans”: Sustainability at Holland America Line
    By Murray Silverman, San Francisco State University; United States

    Runner-Up: Embedding Sustainability At Novo Nordisk: The Compassion Vs Competitiveness Dilemma
    By Debapratim Purkayastha and Adapa Srinivasa Rao, IBS Hyderabad; India

    Runner-Up: Modernizing Dharavi: If you build, will they come?
    By Abhijit Roy and Mousumi Roy, University of Scranton, United States

    Best Reviewer Award: Friedrich M. Zimmermann, Karl Franzens University Graz; Austria

    Social Entrepreneurship:

    1st Prize: Madécasse: Competing with a 4x Fairtrade Business Model
    By Scott Marshall, Darrell Brown, Bex Sakarias and Min Cai, Portland State University; United States

    2nd Prize: Husk Power Systems: Lighting up the Indian Rural Lives
    By Manish Agarwal and D. Satish, IBS Hyderabad; India

    3rd Prize: Ziqitza Health Care Limited: Responding to Corruption
    By N.Craig Smith and Robert J. Crawford, INSEAD; France

    Runner-Up: All Good Bananas. Selling the Fair Trade Message
    By Eva Collins, University of Waikato; Kate Kearins, Auckland University of Technology; Helen Tregida, Auckland University of Technology; and Steve Bowden, University of Waikato; New Zealand

    Best Reviewer Award: Cheryl Kernot, Centre for Social Impact; Australia

    2012

    Corporate Sustainability:

    1st Prize: Mind the Gap: Royal Dutch Shell’s Sustainability Agenda in Nigeria
    by Esther Hennchen (ESADE Business School, Spain) and Josep Maria Lozano (ESADE Business School, Spain)

    2nd Prize: Building and Scaling a Cross-Sector Partnership: Oxfam America and Swiss Re Empower Farmers in Ethiopia
    By Jonathan Doh (Villanova University, USA), Ted London (William Davidson Institute/Ross School of Business, University of Michigan, USA) and Vasilia (Lea) Kilibarda (William Davidson Institute, University of Michigan, USA)

    3rd Prize: Of Orangutans and Chainsaws: Cargill, Inc. Confronts The Rainforest Action Network’s Palm Oil Advocacy
    By Ram Subramanian (Montclair State University, USA))

    Runner-Up: Walmart: Love, Earth
    by N. Craig Smith (INSEAD, France) and Robert J. Crawford (Independent Writer)

    Runner-Up: Sustainable Development at PepsiCo
    by Debapratim Purkayastha and Adapa Srinivasa Rao (IBS Hyderabad, India)

    Best Reviewer Award: Renato Orsato (Academic Director at the Centre for Sustainability Studies (Gvces) at Getúlio Vargas Foundation / FGV S. Paulo, Brazil)

    Social Entrepreneurship:

    1st Prize: TerraCycle
    by Jan Lepoutre (Vlerick Leuven Gent Management School, Belgium), Stuart Read (IMD, Switzerland) and Philippe Margery (IMD, Switzerland)

    2nd Prize: World Toilet Organization: Leveraging Resources for Social Impact
    by Imran Chowdhury (ESSEC Business School, France / Pace University, USA) and Thierry Sibieude (ESSEC Business School, France)

    3rd Prize: Crediamigo: Partnering with VivaCred?
    by Emmanuel Raufflet (HEC Montréal, Canada) and Frédéric Lavoie (CECI, Canada)

    Runner-Up: Bio-Vert: Green to What Limit?
    by Catherine Bedard, Genevieve Grainger and Raymond Paquin (Concordia University, Canada)

    Runner-Up: Nuru Energy
    by Filipe Santos and Anne-Marie Carrick-Cagna (INSEAD, France).

    Best Reviewer Award: Roberto Gutiérrez (University de los Andes, Columbia).

    2011

    Corporate Sustainability:

    1st Prize: Coke in the Cross Hairs: Water, India, and the University of Michigan
    By Andrew Hoffman (University of Michigan, USA), Sarah Howie (University of Michigan, USA) and Grace Augustine (University of Oxford, UK)

    2nd Prize: Burgerville: Sustainability and Sourcing in a QSR Supply Chain
    By Darrell Brown, Phil Berko, Patrick Dedrick, Brie Hilliard and Joshua Pfleeger (Portland State University, USA)

    3rd Prize: Green Works: The Clorox Company Goes Green
    By Ashley Nowygrod, Brian Moss, Nathan Springer, Craig Cammarata and Jennifer Gough (University of Michigan, USA)

    Runner-Up: Y U Ranch: Strategy and Sustainability in Cattle Ranching
    By Pamela Laughland, Brent McKnight and Tima Bansal (Richard Ivey School of Business, Canada)

    Runner-Up: Corporate Social Engagement: How Aramex Crosses Boundaries By Luk Van Wassenhove (INSEAD, France) and Lea Stadtler (University of Geneva, Switzerland)

    Social Entrepreneurship:

    1st Prize: Better Place: Shifting Paradigms in the Automotive Industry
    By Dror Etzion and Jeroen Struben (McGill University, Canada)

    2nd Prize: Ndlovu: The clock ticks
    By Charles Corbett (UCLA Anderson School of Management, USA) and Sarang Deo (Kellogg School of Management, USA

    3rd Prize: Tropical Salvage: From Recession to Expansion
    By R. Scott Marshall, Lisa Peifer and Erin Ferrigno (Portland State University, USA)

    Runner-Up: Vodafone M-PESA (A): Turning a corporate social responsibility innovation into a mainstream business opportunity
    By Loïc Sadoulet and Olivier Furdelle (INSEAD, France)

    Runner-Up: How to Establish and Manage a Social Business at the Bottom of the Pyramid: The Case of OSRAM in Africa
    By Pia Sophie von Nell (WHU-Otto Beisheim School of Management, Germany)

    2010

    Corporate Sustainability:

    1st Prize: Portland Roasting Company: Farm Friendly Direct
    By Madeleine Pullman, Greg Stokes, Price Gregory, Mark Langston and Brandon Arends, Portland State University, USA

    2nd Prize: Lululemon`s Commitment to the Environment: A tangle of Seaweed, Suppliers, and Social Responsibility
    By Andrea Erin Bass, University of Nebraska-Omaha, USA

    3rd Prize: Business Model Innovation by Better Place: A Green Ecosystem for the Mass Adoption of Electric Cars
    By Ramalingam Meenakshisundaram and Besta Shankar, ICMR Center for Management Research, Hyderabad, India

    Runner-Up: Farmstar Goes Global: Corporate Entrepreneurship Bringing Sustainable Value Innovation to Agribusinesses
    By Benjamin Warr, Anne Marie, Carrick-Cagna and Luk Van Wassenhove, INSEAD, Fontainebleau, France

    Runner-Up: Hunghom Peninsula in Hong Kong (A), (B) & (C): A Realistic Call for Corporate Social Responsibilities
    Terence Tsai and Shubo Philip Liu, China Europe International Business School, Shanghai, P.R. China

    Social Entrepreneurship:

    1st Prize: So You Want to be a Social Entrepreneur: Starting Out, Scaling Up, Staying Committed
    By Michael Gordon, Ross School of Business, University of Michigan, USA

    2nd Prize: Good Water: Standing on Holy Ground
    By Steve Bowden and Eva Collins, Waikato Management School; Kate Kearins and Helen Tregigda, Auckland University of Technology

    3rd Prize: WaterHealth International: Providing Safe Drinking Water to the Bottom of the Pyramid Consumers
    By Hadiya Faheem and Debapratim Purkayastha, ICMR Center for Management Research, India

    Runner-Up: ALTIS: A Microfinance Startup in Nepal
    By Jacen Greene, Sustainable Harvest, USA and Scott Marshall, Portland State University, USA

    Runner-Up: Noir/Illuminati II (A & B): Defining Socially Responsible Affordable Luxury Clothing
    By Benoît Leleux and Barbara Scheel Agersnap, IMD, Switzerland

    2009

    Corporate Sustainability:

    1st Prize: Michelin's Strategic Partnership with Indigenous People
    By Pamela Sloan and David Oliver, HEC Montreal, Canada

    2nd Prize: TATA Power - Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability
    By Rama Deshmukh, IES Management College and Research Centre, Banda, Mumbai, and Atanu Adhikari, IBS Hyderabad

    3rd Prize: Sustainability Amidst Uncertainty: Columbia Forest Products’ Pursuit of Sustainability in a Changing Market
    By Scott Marshall et al., Portland State University, USA

    Runner-Up: The Ambrose Hotel: Eco-labeling Strategies for Sustainable Lodging
    By Magali Delmas and Charles Corbett, University of California at Los Angeles, USA

    Runner-Up: Coca-Cola India's Corporate Social Responsibility Strategy
    By Hadiya Faheem, IBS Hyderabad, India

    Social Entrepreneurship:

    1st Prize: Trevor Field & The PlayPumps Of Africa
    By Debapratim Purkayastha, IBS Hyderabad, India

    2nd Prize: The ReUse People: Turning Scrap into Sales
    By Charles J. Corbett, William G. Powell, UCLA Anderson School of Management, USA

    3rd Prize: Kapai New Zealand: Eat Your Greens!
    By Helen Tregidga (Auckland University of Technology), 
Kate Kearins (Auckland University of Technology), and 
Eva Collins (Waikato Management School, Hamilton), New Zealand

    Runner-Up: Jamii Bora and Kaputei Town: Affordable and Sustainable Housing for Urban Slumdwellers
    By Lisa Jones Christensen, Kenan-Flagler Business School, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, USA

    2008

    1st Prize: Scojo Foundation: A Vision for Growth at the Base of the Pyramid
    By Ted London and Mary Christiansen, University of Michigan, USA

    2nd Prize: Procter and Gamble´s PuR Water Purifier – The hunt for a Sustainable Business Model
    By Lisa Jones Christensen and Jessica Thomas
, Kenan and Flagler Business School, University of North Carolina, USA

    3rd Prize: Living Homes
    By Rebecca Henn and Andrew J. Hoffman,
University of Michigan, USA

    Honorary Mention: Coastwide Laboratories
    By Mike Russo and Derek Reiber, 
University of Oregon, USA

    Honorary Mention: Greenpeace
    By Ramon Casadesus-Masanell and Jordan Mitchell
, Harvard Business School, USA

    Honorary Mention: Exiting in a state of Grace: Can Death be Sustainable?
    By Eva Collins, University of Waikato; Kate Kearins, Helen Tregidga, Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand

    2007

    1st Prize: Seventh Generation: Balancing Customer Expectations with Supply Chain Realities
    By Mike Russo and Dan Goldstein, University of Oregon, USA

    2nd Prize: City Water Tanzania
    By Kevin McKague, York University, Toronto, Canada

    3rd Prize: The Body Shop: Social Responsibility or Sustained Greenwashing?
    By Rajiv Fernando, Debapratim Purkayastha, ICFAI Hyderbad

    Runner-up: Transforming the Global Fishing Industry - The Marine Stewardship Council at Full Sail?
    By Alexander Nick, IMD Lausanne, Switzerland

    Runner-up: TEMBEC Inc.: Creating Value by Managing Stakeholder Tension
    By Tima Bansal and Tom Ewart, Ivey School of Business, Canada

    2006

    1st Prize: Hindustan Lever - Leaping a Millenium
    By Wolfgang Amann, Ulrich Steger, Aileen Ionescu-Somers, IMD Lausanne, Switzerland

    2nd Prize: Purchasing Strategies and Sustainability: The Migros Palm Oil Case
    By Jens Hamprecht and Daniel Corsten, University of St. Gallen, Switzerland; London Business School, UK

    3rd Prize: Kimpton Hotels - Balancing Strategy and Environmental Sustainability
    By Murray Silverman and Tom Thomas, San Francisco State University, USA

    Runner-up: Care Kenya: Making Social Enterprise Sustainable
    By Tima Bansal and Tom Ewart, Ivey School of Business, Canada

    2005

    1st Prize: Building a Sustainable Venture from Ground-up - the Mountain's Institutes Earth Brick Machine
    By John Buffington and Ted London, Kenan-Flagler Business School, University of North Carolina

    2nd Prize: The Fair Trade Story
    By Kai Hockerts, INSEAD Fontainbleu, France

    3rd Prize: Phoenix Organic: Valuing Sustainability While Desiring Growth
    By Eva Collins and Steve Bowden, Wakato Management School and Kate Kearing, Auckland University, New Zealand

    Runner-up: Aiming Toward a Hydrogen Economy: Icelandic New Energy Ltd.
    By Pratima Bansal, Ken Mark and Michell Jordan, Ivey School of Business, Canada

    Runner-up: Catamount Energy and Glebe Mountain Windfarm: Clean Energy vs. NIMBY
    By Robert Letovsky, St. Michaels College, USA

    2003

    1st Prize: Mobility Car Sharing - From Ecopreneurial Start up to Commercial Venture
    Kai Hockerts, INSEAD Fontainbleu, France

    2nd Prize: Jari Cellulose S.A.
    By Mark Milstein, Stuart Hart and Bruno Sadinha, Kenan-Flagler Business School University of North Carolina, USA

    3rd Prize: Environmental Product Differentiation by the Hayward Lumber Company
    By Magali Delmas, Erica Plambeck and Monifa Porter, UC St. Barbara & Stanford Graduate School of Business

    4th Prize: Benziger Family Winery
    By Murray Silverman, San Francisco State University, Thomas P. Lanphar, Cal EPA

  • The oikos Case Collection provides over 80 peer-reviewed cases on sustainability in management, entrepreneurship and finance to lecturers and other interested parties around the world. You find the cases in alphabetical order below.

    Some cases in the collection are available for free as oikos Free Cases under the Creative Commons license. They are included with an asterisk below and you can browse them separately under oikos Free Cases. If you are a faculty member and interested in teaching these cases, you can request a free teaching note by sending us an email to freecase@oikosinternational.org.

    You find the list of winning cases by year under Winners. You can also access all cases with further filter options in our Publications.

    [A] [B] [C] [D] [E] [F] [G] [H] [I] [J] [K] [L] [M] [N] [O] [P] [Q] [R] [S] [T] [U] [V] [W] [X] [Y] [Z]

    [A]

    Accenture Development Partnerships (A) and (B) (2014)

    All Good Bananas. Selling the Fair Trade Message (2013)

    ALTIS. A Microfinance Startup in Nepal (2010)*

    The Ambrose Hotel. Eco-Labelling Strategies for Sustainable Lodging (2009)

    Apple and Conflict Minerals: Ethical Sourcing for Sustainability (2015)

    Corporate Social Engagement. How Aramex Crosses Boundaries (2011)

    Arunachalam Muruganantham: A Social Entrepreneur Innovating in a Woman’s World (2015)*

    [B]

    Barrick Gold: A Perfect Storm at Pascua Lama (2014)

    Benziger Family Winery (2003)

    Business Model Innovation by Better Place. A Green Ecosystem for the Mass Adoption of Electric Cars (2010)

    Planned Succession at Berrett-Koehler Publishers: Institutionalizing the “BK Way” and Protecting BK Values for Future Success (2015)*

    Better Place. Shifting Paradigms in the Automotive Industry (2011)*

    Bio-Vert. Green to What Limit? (2012)

    The Body Shop. Social Responsibility or Sustained Greenwashing? (2007)

    Burgerville. Sustainability and Sourcing in a QSR Supply Chain (2011)*

    [C]

    Care Kenya. Making Social Enterprise Sustainable (2006)

    Of Orangutans and Chainsaws. Cargill, Inc. Confronts the Rainforest Action Network's Palm Oil Advocacy (2012)

    Catamount Energy and the Glebe Mountain Windfarm. Clean Energy vs NIMBY (2005)

    Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc.: Food with Integrity (2013)

    City Water Tanzania (2007)

    Green Works: The Clorox Company Goes Green (2011)

    Clean Water Grow: 'Go or No Go?'

    Coca-Cola India's Corporate Social Responsibility Strategy (2009)

    Coke in the Cross Hairs: Water, India, and the University of Michigan (2011)

    Sustainability Amidst Uncertainty: Columbia Forest Products’ Pursuit of Sustainability in a Changing Market (2009)*

    Communauto: A Big Idea for a Big Market

    Crediamigo: Partnering with VivaCred? (2012)

    [D]

    Modernizing Dharavi: If you build, will they come? (2013)

    [F]

    Fairphone: Organising for Sustained Social Impact (2015)

    The Fair Trade Story (2005)

    Farmstar Goes Global: Corporate Entrepreneurship Bringing Sustainable Value Innovation to Agribusinesses (2010)

    Florida Ice & Farm: Sustainability Champion from an Emerging Economy (2013)

    [G]

    Good Water: Standing on Holy Ground (2010)

    Greenpeace (2008)

    [H]

    Environmental Product Differentiation by the Hayward Lumber Company (2003)

    Hindustan Lever: Leaping a Millennium (A), (B) & (C) (2006)

    "Protecting Our Oceans": Sustainability at Holland America Line (2013)

    Hopworks Urban Brewery: A Case of Sustainable Beer (2015)*

    Hunghom Peninsula in Hong Kong (A), (B) & (C). A Realistic Call for Corporate Social Responsibilities (2010)

    Husk Power Systems: Lighting up the Indian Rural Lives (2013)

    [I]

    Aiming Toward a Hydrogen Economy: Icelandic New Energy Ltd. (2005)

    IKEA and the 'Better Cotton Initiative'*

    Dr. Jim Yong Kim’s Dilemma: International Finance Corporation and the Tata Mundra Power Plant (2015)

    [J]

    Jamii Bora and Kaputei Town: Affordable and Sustainable Housing for Urban Slumdwellers (2009)

    Jari Cellulose S.A. (2003)

    [K]

    Kapai New Zealand: Eat Your Greens! (2009)

    Kimpton Hotels: Balancing Strategy and Environmental Sustainability (2006)

    [L]

    Living Homes (2008)

    Lululemon's commitment to the environment: A tangle of seaweed, suppliers, and social responsibility (2010)*

    [M]

    Madécasse: Competing with a 4x Fairtrade business model (2013)

    Mannat Foundation: Building Social Enterprise for the ‘Bottom of the Pyramid’

    Transforming the global Fishing Industry: The Marine Stewardship Council at full sail? (2007)

    Michelin's Strategic Partnership with Indigenous People (2009)

    Purchasing strategies and sustainability: The Migros palm oil (2006)

    Mobility Car Sharing: From Ecopreneurial Start Up to Commercial Venture (2003)

    MokshaYug Access (MYA) in India: Enriching India’s Dairy Farmers

    Building a Sustainable Venture from the Ground up: The Mountain's Institutes Earth Brick Machine (2005)

    [N]

    Ndlovu: The clock ticks (2011)

    Building a Sustainable Enterprise with the Power of Local Communities - The Journey of Neev Herbal Handmade Soaps (2015)*

    Noir/Illuminati II (A & B): Defining Socially Responsible Affordable Luxury Clothing (2010)

    Embedding Sustainability At Novo Nordisk:The Compassion Vs Competitiveness Dilemma (2013)

    Nuru Energy (2012)

    [O]

    How to Establish and Manage a Social Business at the Bottom of the Pyramid: The Case of OSRAM in Africa (2011)

    Building and Scaling a Cross-Sector Partnership: Oxfam America and Swiss Re Empower Farmers in Ethiopia (2012)

    [P]

    Sustainable Development at PepsiCo (2012)

    Phoenix Organic: Valuing Sustainability While Desiring Growth (2005)

    Trevor Field and the PlayPumps of Africa (2009)

    Portland Roasting Company: Farm Friendly Direct (2010)*

    Procter and Gamble’s PuR Water Purifier: The hunt for a Sustainable Business Model (2008)

    [R]

    The ReUse People: Scrap to Sales (2009)

    Roba Amiga: Social Entrepreneurship in Textile Waste Management (2015)*

    Mind the Gap: Royal Dutch Shell’s Sustainability Agenda in Nigeria (2012)

    The German ‘Energiewende’: RWE’s Strategic Choice (2015)*

    [S]

    Scojo Foundation: A vision for Growth at the Base of the Pyramid (2008)

    Seventh Generation: Balancing Customer Expectations with Supply Chain Realities (2007)

    Sistema Ser: Scaling Private Health Care for the Base of the Pyramid (2015)

    So You Want to be a Social Entrepreneur: Starting Out, Scaling Up, Staying Committed (2010)*

    Organic Growth at Sonnentor

    Exiting in a State of Grace: Can Death be Sustainable? (2008)

    [T]

    TATA Power: Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability (2009)

    TEMBEC Inc.: Creating Value by Managing Stakeholder Tension (2007)

    TerraCycle (2012)

    Terra Nova (A)*

    Tropical Salvage: From Recession to Expansion (2011)*

    [V]

    Vodafone M-PESA (A): Turning a corporate social responsibility innovation into a mainstream business opportunity (2011)

    [W]

    From Sweatshops to Sustainability: Wal-Mart’s Journey in Bangladesh (2015)

    Walmart: Love, Earth (2012)

    WaterHealth International: Providing Safe Drinking Water to the Bottom of the Pyramid Consumers (2010)

    Wellcome – Growth of a Social Enterprise

    World Toilet Organization: Leveraging Resources for Social Impact (2012)

    [Y]

    Y U Ranch: Strategy and Sustainability in Cattle Ranching (2011)

    [Z]

    Ziqitza Health Care Limited: Responding to Corruption (2013)

  • The oikos Free Cases provide peer-reviewed cases on sustainability in management, entrepreneurship and finance to lecturers around the world for free under the Creative Commons license. You find them in alphabetical order below.

    If you are a faculty member and you are interested in teaching these cases, you can request a free teaching note by sending us an email to freecase@oikosinternational.org.

    oikos Free Cases are also listed in the oikos Case Collection denoted with an asterisk. You can also access all cases with further filter options under Publications.

    [A] [B] [C] [D] [E] [F] [G] [H] [I] [J] [K] [L] [M] [N] [O] [P] [Q] [R] [S] [T] [U] [V] [W] [X] [Y] [Z]

    [A]

    ALTIS. A Microfinance Startup in Nepal (2010)

    Arunachalam Muruganantham: A Social Entrepreneur Innovating in a Woman’s World (2015)

    [B]

    Planned Succession at Berrett-Koehler Publishers: Institutionalizing the “BK Way” and Protecting BK Values for Future Success (2015)

    Better Place. Shifting Paradigms in the Automotive Industry (2011)

    Burgerville. Sustainability and Sourcing in a QSR Supply Chain (2011)

    [C]

    Sustainability Amidst Uncertainty: Columbia Forest Products’ Pursuit of Sustainability in a Changing Market (2009)

    Hopworks Urban Brewery: A Case of Sustainable Beer (2015)

    [I]

    IKEA and the 'Better Cotton Initiative'

    [L]

    Lululemon's commitment to the environment: A tangle of seaweed, suppliers, and social responsibility (2010)

    [N]

    Building a Sustainable Enterprise with the Power of Local Communities - The Journey of Neev Herbal Handmade Soaps (2015)

    [P]

    Portland Roasting Company: Farm Friendly Direct (2010)

    [R]

    Roba Amiga: Social Entrepreneurship in Textile Waste Management (2015)

    The German ‘Energiewende’: RWE’s Strategic Choice (2015)

    [S]

    So You Want to be a Social Entrepreneur: Starting Out, Scaling Up, Staying Committed (2010)

    [T]

    Terra Nova (A)

    Tropical Salvage: From Recession to Expansion (2011)

    [W]

    World Toilet Organization: Leveraging Resources for Social Impact (2012)

  • Corporate Sustainability Track
    Erin Bass, University of Nebraska Omaha, US
    Oana Branzei, Ivey School of Business, Canada
    Angelo A. Camillo, Woodbury University, US
    Thomas Dyllick, University of St. Gallen, Switzerland (Track Chair)
    Delphine Gibassier, Toulouse Business School, France
    Jörg Hofstetter, University of St Gallen, Switzerland
    P.D. Jose, Indian Institute of Management, India
    Bala Krishnamoorthy, Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies, India
    Martin Kupp, ESCP, France
    Moritz Loock, University of St Gallen, Switzerland
    David Murillo Bonvehí, ESADE, Spain
    Raymond Paquin, Concordia University, Canada
    Stefano Pogutz, Università Commerciale Luigi Bocconi, Italy
    Esben R. Pedersen, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark
    Carlos R. Uscanga, EGADE Business School, Mexico
    Stefan Schaltegger, Leuphana University, Germany
    Stefan Seuring, University of Kassel, Germany
    Marc Vilanova, ESADE, Spain
    Friedrich Zimmermann, University of Graz, Austria
    Social Entrepreneurship Track
    Inés Alegre, Universitat Internacional de Catalunya, Spain
    Gabriel Berger, University of San Andres, Argentina
    Imran Chowdhury, Pace University, USA
    Tina Dacin, Queen's School of Business, Canada
    Dror Etzion, McGill University, Canada
    Anil Gupta, Indian Institute of Management, India
    Roberto Gutiérrez, University de los Andes, Colombia
    Minna Halme, Aalto University Business School, Finland
    Kate Kearins, Auckland University of Technology (Track Chair)
    Cheryl Kernot, Centre for Social Impact, Australia
    Ewald Kibler, Aalto University, Finland
    Saurabh Lall, Aspen Institute, USA
    Jan Lepoutre, ESSEC, France
    Michael Pirson, Fordham University, USA
    Debapratim Purkayastha, IBS Hyderabad, India
    Sudhanshu Rai, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark
    Emmanuel Raufflet, HEC Montreal, Canada
    Thomas Scheuerle, University of Heidelberg, Germany
    Madhukar Shukla, XLRI Jamshedpur, India
    Roger Spear, The Open University, UK
    Alfred Vernis, ESADE, Spain
    Sustainable Finance Track
    Rob Bauer, Maastricht University, Holland. (Track Chair)
    Lars Hassel, School of Business Umea, Sweden
    Tessa Hebb, Carleton University, Canada
    Cary Krosinsky, Network for Sustainable Financial Markets, USA
    Alexander Wagner, University of Zurich, Switzerland

     

  • 1. Will I retain publishing rights if my case is chosen as a winner?

    Yes, absolutely. By participating you agree that if your case is among the five finalists, it is published either in the oikos free Case Collection, or as an inspection copy (without teaching note) on the oikos website and for sale with the Case Centre (former ECCH). For both options, the copyright fully remains with the case authors or the case authors’ institution. If you decide for the latter option, the words “Inspection Copy” will be clearly marked on all pages of the document so that it cannot be used for teaching. Examples of inspection copies can be downloaded from our online case collection.  If you consider submitting a case and you have any concerns regarding copyrights and publishing, please contact us on and we can find a case by case solution.

    2. How long should the case remain unpublished?
    Since we guarantee a double-blind review process, the case must remain unpublished during the whole review process. This also includes the fact that there should be no references to the authorship of the case anywhere on the internet (e.g. in the author’s CV, research pages of the university, case database). As part of the screening process, we check this by searching for the case online.

    3. I am concerned with the fact that an inspection copy will be posted on the oikos website. It is the policy of our university not to allow cases to be posted in this way.
    By participating you agree that if your case is among the five finalists, it is published either in the oikos free Case Collection, or as an inspection copy (without teaching note) on the oikos website and for sale with the Case Centre (former ECCH). If you decide for the latter option, the words “Inspection Copy” will be clearly marked on all pages of the document so that it cannot be used for teaching. Examples of inspection copies can be downloaded from our online case collection. If you consider submitting a case and you have any concerns regarding this requirement, for example due to your university's policy, please contact us on and we will find a case by case solution.

    4. Can I submit my case to the oikos Case Writing Competition if I have submitted my case in other competitions this year?
    It is not a problem if you submit your case to another competition and win prizes in both competitions, as long as your case is unpublished.

    5. Can I resubmit the case that did not win in the previous oikos Case Writing Competition?
    It is possible to submit a new case which is based on the previous case that did not win. The new case should contain an update on the situation and ideally take reviewers’ comments into consideration. Unfortunately, we will not be able to accept a case which is identical to last year’s submission.

    6. Can I submit a case if I am not an academic?
    We do accept cases from non-academics, if they are co-authored with faculty, research assistants or students of business administration (or related areas). If you are not related to academia, we would advise that you invite an academic co-author for your case. Since we require teaching notes as part of the submission, your case will benefit from the involvement of the academic who can advise on how your case can be taught. We also recommend that the case is “practiced” in the classroom prior to submission to the oikos Case Writing Competition as this improves the quality of teaching notes.

    7. I have written two cases. Can I submit both?
    It is possible to submit only one case per track. This means that you can submit two cases only if they belong to different tracks. This also applies to co-authored cases.

    8.What are the file formats for the case and teaching note?
    The file formats for the case and teaching note is Word (.doc/.docx) and PDF as outlined in point 5 in the "Competition" tab.

    9. Are there any rules about formatting the case and teaching note (e.g. page margins, font size)?
    Yes, please refer to point 5 in the "Competition" tab. Please also make sure that there are no references to authors’ names and their university anywhere in the document.

    10. I have a video as part of my teaching case. What is the best way to submit it?
    The best way is to upload the case to one of the password protected video sharing web-sites, e.g. Vimeo. Please note that when uploading your video to Vimeo or another video sharing web-site, you should disguise your name and the name of the university. Also please include a link to your video in the teaching note.

    11. I would like to submit a case in two parts, (A) and (B). How do you evaluate the length of the case, 20 pages for (A) + 20 pages for (B)? Or is it limited to 20 pages for both of them?
    Each part should not exceed the 20 pages. However, our general advice is not to make the whole case too long as experience has shown that long cases generally receive lower scores.

    12. Can the case be based on secondary data?
    Yes, the case can be based on secondary data, which should be properly referenced throughout the document.

    13. Since the collection of data took some time, my case is situated in 2006. Will my case be accepted?
    Unfortunately, such a case will not be eligible unless you create a link to a more recent situation, for example by an introductory paragraph where the case protagonist reflects on 2006. However, you would also need to present the current company situation. The intention of the oikos Case Writing Competition is to encourage the development of “fresh” cases describing recent events.

    This FAQ section is regularly updated. If you have a question that is not answered here, please drop us a line on . Thank you!

The new 2016 call for cases is out!  Download it here as pdf or read all details on the website.

 

6 finalist cases of our 2015 competition are now available for free as part of our oikos Free Case Collection. Download them here.

 

More free cases and inspection copies are available here.

 

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