INFORMS Case Competition

INFORMS is pleased to announce its Seventeenth Annual Peer-Reviewed Case Competition. This competition is jointly sponsored by INFORMS Education Committee and INFORM-ED. It is designed to encourage the creation, dissemination, and use of new, unpublished cases in operations research and the management sciences. All submissions and supporting documentation are due by August 3, 2018. All cases will be reviewed by a panel of judges familiar with the case method.

Up to four finalists will be selected and notified by the Chair of the Case Competition by September 15, 2018. Finalists will give thirty-minute presentations of their entries at a special open session of the 2018 INFORMS Annual Meeting in Phoenix, AZ. The panel of judges will select the winning entry from these finalists based on these presentations. Finalists must present their cases at the 2018 INFORMS Annual Meeting to be eligible to win.

Guidelines for submitted cases are:

  1. No more than 10 pages (8.5"x11") single-spaced (maximum of approx. 3000 words); shorter cases are acceptable.
  2. Exhibits are in addition to page limit.
  3. Teaching Notes of length as necessary to meet content expected.
  4. A 12-point proportional font (such as Times New Roman) with 1-inch margins.
  5. All submitted cases must be previously unpublished. Cases should be essentially new in their entirety. If the case contains material drafted originally by individuals or groups other than the author(s) submitting the case, then the intellectual history and ownership of these portions should be made absolutely clear. Contestants are responsible for assuring that this guideline is strictly met.

A complete submission package will consist of the following:

  • One (1) electronic copy of a short (250-500 words) abstract, the case and teaching notes sent in a zipped file. The abstract should appear by itself on the second page and identify the industry, business issues, technical issues, pedagogical objectives, and suggested uses of the case. The case, any exhibits, and then the teaching notes should follow.

Prizes include:

  • $500 and an engraved plaque to the best case
  • $100 and an engraved plaque for up to three (3) runners-up

For more information, please contact Palaniappa Krishnan, aka PK, at

The contribution will be judged according to:

The relevance of application of one (or more) of INFORMS constituent disciplines

  • real problem situation that is embedded in the issues facing the organization
  • potential for use of OR/MS to analyze the situation
  • reasonable alternate approaches to solving the problem posed by the case exist (i.e., there is more than one "good" approach to the analysis of the case)
  • well-defined pedagogical outcomes
  • The substance of application nontrivial problem situation and/or solution(s) 
  • formulation, analysis, and solution at a level appropriate for intended student audience 
  • significant insight results from participation in analysis of the case
  • The quality and organization of the exposition 
  • lucid and interesting narrative style 
  • writing style ready for publication 
  • quality of exhibits
  • Value and content of teaching notes
  • synopsis of case
  • clear case objectives and suggested uses
  • questions and suggested answers
  • linkage to underlying concepts and theory
  • suggested teaching pattern or flow

Quality of session presentation (for finalists)

  • discussion of case scenario
  • indication of potential solutions
  • explanation of the pedagogical benefits and teaching notes

2018 Committee Chair

Dr. Palaniappa Krishnan
University of Delaware
Food and Resource Economics Department
212 Townsend Hall
531 S. College Avenue
Newark, DE 19716-2130
voice: +1 302 584 7344