Case Writing Competition

Goal of the competition

PMI has a strong commitment to advancing project management curricula for both undergraduate and graduate programs. To that end, this competition aims to generate teachable cases and instructors’ manuals relevant to managing projects for use in the ongoing improvement of project management courses in business, engineering and IT schools.

Theme: Project Management—Creating Value for Stakeholders 

The project manager’s role is multi-dimensional, focused on the application of knowledge, skills and techniques to execute projects effectively and efficiently. On the technical, strategic, or behavior dimension, project management is an organizational force, geared toward improved outcomes for project stakeholders. Specialized knowledge and skills, together with a distinct focus guide the actions of temporary teams on projects large and small.

Your case entry may focus on the use of project management as an organizational force in any context.  Some examples include:

  • Disaster Relief
  • International development
  • NGOs
  • Various Industries

Potential Topic Areas

Cases may be focused specifically on any knowledge module topics listed under “Teaching PM” at  Click the tab “Teaching PM” and select “PM Knowledge Modules” in the drop-down menu to find the Knowledge Modules that fall into one of three categories: 

  • Technical (e.g. planning, budgeting, controlling, etc.)
  • Behavioral (e.g., communications, leadership, teams, etc.)
  • Strategic (e.g. legal, ethics and professionalism, governance, etc.)


1st place: $3,000

2nd place: $2,000

3rd place: $1,000

The top prize will be awarded at the PMI Global Congress—North America which normally takes place in the fall. Authors of the winning case agree that if their case is selected as the 1st Place winner, 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 2017

Early submission date for language review, if desired (See Stage 1 Review within the the Eligibility and Submission Guidelines PDF below)

1 May 2017

Cases and IMs due

30 June 2017

Top three finalists identified and notified

15 August 2017

Final decision on rankings

October 2017

Winners chosen and Prizes awarded


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