Call for Cases of OD Projects

Transcendence invites submissions of cases of actual OD projects implemented by organisations.

Entries that fulfil eligibility and submission criteria will be evaluated by an eminent Jury of independent or former Directors on the boards of India’s leading companies.

Organisations with the top-rated entries will be invited to present their cases of OD practice on December 12 at Transcendence 2019 and will be considered for the first OD Excellence Awards (ODEA). These awards have been instituted to recognise exceptional cases of OD practice undertaken by organisations in India.

The winning cases may also be developed as educational case studies by TISS and published in leading international case collection(s).

Key Dates

Final submissions due : November 12, 2019 (6pm)

Acceptance notification by : December 1, 2019

Presentation of select submissions : December 12, 2019

Award announcement : December 14, 2019

How to Submit a Case

  1. Read the criteria for eligibility and submission, and the terms, given below
  2. Decide if you would like to submit a Case and the category that would be suitable for your Case
  3. Secure approval from your organisation to participate in ODEA
  4. Write your Case as per the editorial guidelines and format given below. Please note that the online submission platform accepts files upto 10MB only.
  5. Prepare the Executive Summary of your Case
  6. Complete the Application Form and get all documents signed.
  7. Upload your Application Form, Case, and Executive Summary — and pay the submission fees.
Contact: helpdesk[dot]transcendence[at]

Case Categories

Submissions must be related to the theme of Transcendence 2019 and should involve one of the nine categories below. If an OD project overlaps multiple categories then the submitting organisation may decide the category that is most appropriate for their submission.

This involves changes in one or more of the following: (i) organisational purpose, (ii) products/services offered, and (iii) customers and markets served. Innovations in this category may be achieved through vertical integration, horizontal integration, or by entry into apparently unrelated areas of enterprise. This may result in organisations radically out-performing peers through alternative resources/inputs or use thereof, and from expansion into or creation of new markets.
This includes the introduction of network/virtual organisations, social ventures, public-private partnerships, crowd-sourcing, gig-economy based models, farmer-producer companies, other multi-party and cross-over alliances. Cases of counter-intuitive relations such as collaborations with competitors may be submitted to this category.
This will include all aspects of organisation design, including (i) horizontal and vertical groupings, (ii) decision rights, (iii) coordination mechanisms, (iv) methods of work, (v) planning and governance, and (vi) the rewards that people receive. Innovations in this category tend to result in major efficiencies from adoption of alternative/improved processes. For example, aspects such as performance management, quality management, TPM, lean systems, JIT, six-sigma, and agile frameworks are internal structures that affect organisational culture and performance. A product of all successful restructuring is cultural transformation.
This could include the introduction and use of digital solutions, robots, robotics & automation, block-chain, analytics, machine learning, artificial intelligence, the internet-of-things-and-factories (and other such technologies related to Industry 4.0). This category may include research and development of new technology.

This involves democratisation of organisations and greater involvement of stakeholders in the process of OD. Stakeholders include suppliers, customers, employees, and unions. OD practices in this context include: co-creation, supply-chain and vendor relations, customer experience, customer relationship management, agile & lean teams, self-managed teams, leaderless teams, self-organising teams, employee engagement and experience, diversity, inclusion, and related organisational responses.

Any OD project that involved significant change-management may be considered for submission in this category. The focus of submissions in this category should be on how the change was managed and not the change itself.
The development of leaders and of succession, involves not just the past performance of the individuals involved but the recognition of their potential. OD practices that identify and develop potential, and help organisations transition from one generation of leaders to another should be considered for submission in this category.
This would involve organisational relations with regulatory forces such as government, industry & trade bodies, professional associations, multi-lateral and meta-national organisations, and civil society. The focus in this category is the leadership demonstrated by an organisation to raise regulatory and governance standards for its sector or for industry.

These innovations must be related to the business of the organisation. The focus of submissions in this category would be the conceptualisation, implementation and pursuit of holistic and sustainable indicators of performance such as the sustainable development goals (SDGs) of the UNDP or the national voluntary guidelines (NVGs) of India


O.P. Bhatt

O.P. Bhatt

Chairperson of the Jury

Former Chairman: State Bank of India. Independent Director: HUL; TCS; Tata Steel; Tata Motors; Greenko Energy Holdings (GEH)

Ashok Sethi

Ashok Sethi

Chairman: Tata Consulting Engineers

Former Director: Tata Power

Ireena Vittal

Ireena Vittal

Independent Director: Godrej Consumer Products; HDFC; Titan; Wipro; Zomato
Nawshir Mirza

Nawshir Mirza

Independent Director: Exide; Thermax; TPREL; CGPL; TPDDL

Governing Council Member: TERI

Shrikant P Gathoo

Shrikant P Gathoo

Former Director: Bharat Petroleum

Criteria, Guidelines & Terms

  1. Only organisations registered in India on/before January 1, 2014 may submit cases of their OD projects to Transcendence 2019.
  2. Organisations must be registered either as companies (statutory or private limited or public limited or farmer-producer companies), as partnerships, or as not-for-profit organisations (societies or trusts or section-8 companies).
  3. A case submitted by an organisation must be about an OD project implemented internally by that organisation. Consulting firms may submit cases of projects undertaken within their organisations, but not of projects in client/other organisations. In other words, external consultants may have been involved in one or more stages of the OD project, but the case should be authored by employees of the organisation where it was implemented and submitted by the same organisation.
  4. At the time an organisation submits an entry to ODEA, any/all authors of its case must be exclusively employed/contracted with that organisation i.e. authors should not simultaneously be employed/contracted with any other organisation(s).
  1. Submissions must be about OD projects that were initiated on/after January 1, 2013.
  2. An organisation may submit only upto two entries.
  3. Submissions should relate to the theme of Transcendence 2019 and must involve one of the nine Case Categories listed above.
  4. Submissions may be about organisation-wide OD projects or about pilot/experimental projects or even about a single phase of a larger project.
  5. Submissions must be written in the form of cases as per guidelines in the ‘Editorial’ tab above.
  6. If the case or events thereof, described in the submission have been published in print or electronic media (either by the organisation or by a publisher with the permission of the organisation), then that case should not be submitted to ODEA. On the other hand, if the events related to a case have been reported in the media, or have been spoken about at interviews, then a case related to those events may be submitted to ODEA.
  7. If the OD project described in the case has received any award/recognition, then it may be submitted to Transcendence 2019. However, the documents submitted should not contain any reference to such award/recognition.
  8. The Application Form and the last page of the Case should be signed by the author(s) and by the authorised signatory on behalf of the organisation. This will constitute a self-certification that the data contained in the submission have been verified and are correct. The authorised signatory may include the CFO, the head of Internal Audit, or a Director on the Board — or the head of department or of the business unit where the OD project was implemented.
  9. The deadline for submissions of final entries to ODEA is 6:00 pm IST on November 12, 2019. Entries received after the deadline will not be considered for evaluation.
  10. Early entries (i.e. those received by 12.00 pm IST on October 15, 2019) will be pre-reviewed to determine if they have fulfilled the submission criteria. If an organisation has not provided relevant information then it may receive feedback. Thereafter, organisations may revise and resubmit their cases by 12:00 pm IST on November 7, 2019. Submissions received after October 15 will not receive feedback and may not be revised.
  11. By submitting an entry, organisations confirm their acceptance of the ODEA rules. Please read all criteria, guidelines & terms listed herein, before making a submission.
  12. Each submission should contain three documents (i) Application Form, (ii) Case, and (iii) Executive Summary.
  13. Please note that the online submission platform will accept files upto 10MB only.
  1. The case should be written as a descriptive document (not as a set of slides or a presentation). Please prepare your case as per the ‘Case Format’.
  2. The case and the executive summary should be written in the past tense, and active voice, only.
  3. The case and the executive summary should be typed in Times New Roman font size 12, single-line spaced, and formatted for A4-size paper with 2.5 cm margins all around.
  4. Cases should not exceed 6,000 words excluding appendices and references. The total length of a case may not exceed 16 pages. All pages should be numbered. The executive summary should not exceed 1000 words or two pages. The size of each file should be less than 10MB.
  5. The case and its contents may not be anonymised or disguised in anyway.
  6. Authentic and correct data should be provided within the text of the case and in exhibits. This will increase the effectiveness of the case narrative. If an organisation does not wish to disclose some data in its complete/primary form, then selected samples of that data may be provided, or it may be included in the form of aggregates, averages, percentages, and/or modal values.
  7. All documents should be submitted in pdf format. The pdf files submitted should be searchable and annotatable. They should not be password-protected or require special permissions for copying of text, annotations, or printing of the document.
  8. The case and executive summary must be the original work of the authors. Not more than ten percent of the word count may be taken from secondary sources. Any/all content that is borrowed (verbatim or paraphrased) should be cited and referenced as per the Chicago (Notes and Bibliography) Style, 17th Edition.
  9. Please note that an originality check will be performed on all submissions. If a submission does not pass the plagiarism check, then it will be rejected.
  1. A submission fee of Rs. 23,600/- (incl. GST) would be applicable per case that is submitted to Transcendence 2019. However, every submission will receive one delegate pass (worth Rs. 26,600/- for the 3-day conference), effectively making the case submission free of cost. The submission fee is non-refundable and the delegate pass will not be transferable.
  2. The ODEA are not a ranking of organisations. They are also not awards for an organisation as a whole. The ODEA are awards for cases about exceptional OD projects within an organisation.
  3. Since this is a case competition, by virtue of submitting an entry, an organisation permits and confirms that the case and its contents are approved for presentation at Transcendence 2019. Organisations also permit TISS to use aspects of the case for academic purposes and in conference-related media campaigns.
  4. In order to be considered for the awards, organisations whose submissions are shortlisted by the Jury and are accepted for presentation at Transcendence 2019 should present their case on December 12, 2019 at the TISS campus in Mumbai.
  5. Since one delegate pass will be provided to every organisation at the time of online submission of their case, one entry ticket to the three days of Transcendence 2019 will be free. Other presenters (if any) will need to purchase delegate passes to the conference.
  6. Evaluation of the Jury is final and no appeal or correspondence will be entertained. The organisers reserve the right to declare more than one winner, or not announce award(s) if submissions are not upto the desired standard.
  7. All travel, stay and other expenses, if any, will be borne by the applicant organisation.
  8. The organisers reserve the right to amend the criteria, guidelines and terms & conditions of this case competition.
  9. Rights of admission to Transcendence 2019 are reserved.
The design of this case competition is based on that developed by the Class of 2020 students from our Executive Programme in Organisation Development & Change at Delhi.