Teaching Case Competition

Goal of the competition

PMI has a strong commitment to advancing good project management curricula for both undergraduate and graduate programs. To that end, this competition aims to generate teachable cases and instructors’ manuals relevant to the management of temporary organizations with similar dimensions to permanent organizations for use in the ongoing improvement of project management programs.

Theme: Project Management—Creating Value for Stakeholders 

The project manager has many roles, all focusing on the application of knowledge, skills and techniques to execute projects effectively and efficiently. Whether in the technical, strategic, or behavior arenas, project management is an organizational force that leads to improved outcomes for project stakeholders. Special skills and a distinct focus guide the actions of temporary teams that address challenges faced by projects large and small. 

Your case submission may focus on any use of project management as organizational force. Some examples include:

  • Disaster Relief—Planned but Unexpected
  • Ethics and Professionalism—The Challenge of Multiple Stakeholders
  • Global Projects—Cultural Difference and Strategic Consistency

Potential Topic Areas

Cases may be focused specifically on any areas or combination of areas below:

  • Risk management
  • The role of NGOs
  • Change management
  • Communication
  • Leadership
  • Human resource management
  • Strategy implementation
  • Planning
  • Virtual and/or distributed teams
  • Complexity
  • Benefits realization management


1st place: $3,000

2nd place: $2,000

3rd place: $1,000

Prizes will be awarded at PMI Global Congress—North America, scheduled for 25-27 September 2016 in San Diego, CA, USA. Case authors agree that if their case is one of the three finalists, a representative of their writing team will attend the Awards Ceremony. Conference registration will be provided for finalists.

Subject to successful peer review, winning cases will be recommended for publication through PMI.

Key Dates

1 April 2016

Early submission date for language review, if desired (See Stage 1 Review, below, for more information) 

1 May 2016

Cases and IMs due 

29 June 2016

Top three finalists identified and notified 

15 August 2016

Final decision on rankings 

25 October 2016

Prizes awarded


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