“Best of the Best” - Overall Winner of the EFMD Case Writing Competition

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After a very careful evaluation of all the winning cases of the 2014 edition of the EFMD Case Writing Competition, “J.M.Huber: A Family of Solutions” was chosen as the “Best of the Best” - the overall winner of the EFMD Case Writing Competition! The case is written by Benoit Leleux and Anne-Catrin Glemser, both at IMD.

"The J.M. Huber case is excellently written. It is fascinating to read, charting the development of a business with roots back to 1765 in Germany, to its beginnings in the U.S.A in 1883 and its continual development into the fascinating, values-based family business that it is today. It also serves as a case on general strategy and business development over time"
, wrote the selection committee comprised of Gay Haskins, Anders Aspling and Richard McCracken.

imdThe case is extremely well researched and provides great teaching and learning opportunities. The teaching note is thorough and fully meets its objective of providing superb opportunities to discuss fundamental family business issues in an integrated and original manner.

In unearthing the scenario, developing the relationship and then analysing and writing the history as a story engaging - and relevant to - a wider audience, the winning case is a perfect illustration of a great case author's skill in combining academic research, analysis and rigour with a strong narrative style.

Moreover, the “Family Business category” is a type of business at times neglected in business school programmes, despite the huge number of family businesses around the globe.

The judges' task in selecting a winning case was made both more difficult and more pleasurable by the very high standard of the cases under consideration. The judges welcomed the breadth of cultural and industrial scenarios reflected in the cases and were struck by the high quality of research and writing. We commend all the entrants for the quality of their work. It took an exceptional case to win in such company.

Many congratulations to the authors for this outstanding contribution to the management education body of knowledge. The 2014 Case Writing Competition has first rate winning cases across all categories. Several of the cases could have been worthy winners of the overall award as “Best of the Best”, said Eric Cornuel, EFMD Director General and CEO.

Benoit Leleux and Anne-Catrin Glemser, the authors of the winning case, added: “We are very honored and proud to receive this prestigious acknowledgement. It has been a great journey for us to unveil the unique ways in which J.M. Huber Corporation unites family interests with those of its businesses and combines tradition and innovation while demonstrating resilience and commitment since its founding in 1883. We hope this case will provide a rich platform for other family-owned or controlled businesses to discuss best practices, stimulate dialogue and learn from each other. It should also be relevant for non-family businesses to discuss values-based cultures, policies favoring broad inclusion, leading-edge governance processes and the management of a diversified portfolio of industrial activities”.

This year's "Best of the Best" was submitted in the category "Family Business".

Winners in the other categories include: IBS Hyderabad, IE Business School, Indian School of Business, INSEAD, Kellogg School of Management, L.N. Welingkar Institute of Management Development and Research, Middlesex University Dubai, Richard Ivey School of Business, Rotterdam School of Management, Singapore Management University, University of Regina, University of Waterloo.

For more information on categories and submission opportunities, please consult the dedicated EFMD Case Writing Competition website.

The upcoming submission deadline is 30 October 2015.