European Council for Small Business and Entrepreneurship
Engaged entrepreneurship research in Europe

Deadline for submission 31 January 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.

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.

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 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 January 2017. Please see the detailed submission guidelines from the call below.