In recognition of recent events across the world, it’s an important time to support and strengthen diversity, equity and inclusion skills and knowledge for today’s students, who will become tomorrow’s global business leaders. 

That’s why WDI Publishing, part of the William Davidson Institute, and the Stephen M. Ross School of Business and its Sanger Leadership Center are joining together to launch the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Global Case Writing Competition. 

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Open to university students and educators from around the world, this competition is seeking academic case studies about a DEI-related business dilemma within one, or across multiple, business disciplines. It is designed as a catalyst to generate new teaching materials that increase student understanding and inspire critical thinking for implementing effective DEI within businesses and organizations across the globe.

“With this global case writing competition, we aim to support and augment the DEI commitments of Michigan Ross as well as the University of Michigan,” said David Wooten, Ross associate dean and co-chair of the Michigan Ross DEI Curriculum Task Force. “The competition is an exciting strategy to generate new, relevant cases about DEI that can then be adopted into courses at not only Michigan, but universities around the world.”  

The contest is divided into two tracks, each of which will award prize money of $10,000 for first place, $5,000 for second place and $2,500 for third place, and an honorable mention, as deemed by the competition judges. The top three winners for each track also will be honored with the publication of their cases by WDI Publishing or the Sanger Leadership Center.

“It is very gratifying for WDI Publishing to help support and manage this global DEI case writing competition,” said Sandra Draheim, WDI Publishing manager.

“For nearly three decades, the William Davidson Institute has worked to provide students in the U.S. and globally with the educational tools for commercial success. A strong understanding of how to build and sustain DEI in a business or organization is critical to that success.” 

The competition’s first track involves the creation of a traditional business case study and an accompanying teaching note. The second track requires a submission for the Sanger Leadership Center’s flagship Leadership Crisis Challenge. An LCC case is based on a traditional case study, however, is written and designed as a real-time, role-playing event that offers students a rigorous opportunity for action-based learning.

“Sanger is very excited to support the DEI case competition,” said Lindy Greer, faculty director of the Sanger Leadership Center and associate professor of management and organizations at Ross.

“Our center is committed to teaching and advancing inclusive leadership. Publishing the winning cases in a future LCC will help all students who take part think critically about the ways their actions can contribute to a more just, tolerant and diverse society.”