Graduate and undergraduate teams from the Opus College of Business each took home top honors at the Intercollegiate Business Ethics Case Competition (IBECC) in San Diego, California this month.
Each team selected a business ethics topic and described both the problem and a proposed solution before a panel of judges made up of practicing ethics and compliance professionals.
The UST MBA team, including Joseph Grodahl, Jay Rajararatnam, Kasey Grams and Sean Higgins, won first place in its division for the 30-minute full presentation, “Violent Video Games: Ethical Implications of an Acquisition.” The team also took first prize in the 90-second competition and was division runner-up in the 10-minute competition. The undergraduate team won first place in its division for the 90-second competition on the topic “Using Child Labor to Source Cocoa.” Team members were Alex Bearson, Veronica Flamo and Gabe Monson.
“Our two teams continued to demonstrate the powerful capability of our students to identify and solve ethical challenges in the marketplace,” said Christopher P. Puto, Ph.D., Dean and Opus Distinguished Chair of the Opus College of Business.
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Minnesota business and professional leaders will come together tomorrow to honor finalists and recipients for the 14th annual Minnesota Business Ethics Award (MBEA).
The finalists are:
- Small-size category: Cresa Minneapolis/St. Paul; Douglas Scientific; and Latuff Brothers Auto Body
- Mid-size category: Affinity Federal Credit Union; Mintahoe Catering and Events; and Premier Disability Services LLC
- Large-size category: Cummins Power Generation; and St. Francis Regional Medical Center
The awards celebrate Minnesota businesses that exemplify and promote ethical conduct in the workplace, the marketplace and the community. Keynote speaker for the awards lunch will be Gregg Steinhafel, chairman and CEO of Target Corporation.
Learn more in the UST Newsroom.
Jay Rajaratnam, Kasey Grams, Sean Higgins and Joseph Grodahl Biever
On March 1, teams from the full-time MBA program at the University of St. Thomas’ Opus College of Business competed in the fifth annual CEBC Ethics Case Competition. Hosted by CEBC, UST Opus College of Business, UnitedHealth Group and St. Jude Medical, teams explored the topic of “Video Gaming: Economic, Legal and Ethical Considerations” from a business, legal and ethical framework.
Students Kasey Grams, Joseph Grodahl Biever, Jay Rajaratnam and alternate Sean Higgins were chosen to represent St. Thomas at the International Business Ethics Case Competition (IBECC) being held in conjunction with the Ethics and Compliance Officer Association (ECOA) Sponsoring Partner Forum from May 8-10 in San Diego, CA.
CEBC also thanks Jeanne Hickey, JD at Covidien, Dan Lopez, CCEP at Alliant Techsystems Inc. and St. Thomas’ James Arnold, Kenneth Goodpaster, Ph.D., Ron James and Rosemarie Monge West for serving as judges.
A team of MBA students from the Opus College of Business bested competing teams from the U of M Carlson School and U of Iowa Tippie School in the 2013 ACG Cup case study competition last week. The team that took first place and an award of $4,000 included first-year MBA students Ryan Nelson, Jeff Hawkes, Adam Lawrence and Anthony Anderson (pictured at right with Dean Puto).
The ACG Cup is a designed to give students from leading MBA programs across the country real world experience and invaluable insights into mergers and acquisitions, investment banking, financial advisory and private equity. Each case study provides students with a unique opportunity to present valuation, capital markets and M&A strategic advice to a panel of seasoned M&A professionals from within the ACG community. The competition is carried out through a series of intra-school and regional competitions, with regional winners awarded the prestigious ACG Cup title and cash awards.
For the first time, the Opus College of Business sent a team of 4 Full-time MBA students to the National Black MBA Association/Chrysler Case Competition this year. The event was held September 27 and 28 in Indianapolis. What follows is a recap of the experience from one of the student participants, second-year MBA student Boubakar Jalloh.
The Case Competition team with Dean Puto, Assistant Dean Woodson and Professor Arnold.
As a team, we were honored to represent the University of Saint Thomas at the National Black MBA Association Chrysler Case Competition and are very grateful for the support and sponsorship Ecolab has provided to us in this journey. We were able to utilize the knowledge we have accumulated as MBA students at UST,as well as our experiences and diverse backgrounds, to bring substance and an actionable plan to the case.
In preparing for the case competition our strategy was to allocate responsibilities largely based on our individual strengths and expertise. This approach was most effective because it also provided a learning opportunity for all members, as we observed the thinking process that goes into every decision. Joelle Allen, for example, has a strong background in marketing and advertising, so we looked to her to guide a marketing mix campaign directed toward our target market. Similarly, Lissette Prendes’ strong background in finance means we relied on her great insights into the financial analysis of our case.
Case analysis is an important learning technique used in graduate business schools and other graduate studies programs. Similar in many ways to law school mock trials, business school cases are drawn from real world scenarios. These cases provide students with an opportunity to apply knowledge from across several different disciplines, often within a single case, and find solutions to real problems faced by corporate executives and organizational leaders.
Each year, St. Thomas participates in a number of MBA case competitions, and has proven to be competitive at the regional (see results of our 2011 Minnesota ACG Cup Competition) and national level (see results of our 2010 NetImpact Case Competition).
The ACG Cup is a case study competition designed to give students from leading MBA programs across the country real-world experience and invaluable insights into mergers and acquisitions, investment banking, financial advisory and private equity. Each case study provides students with a unique opportunity to present valuation, capital markets and M&A strategic advice to a panel of seasoned M&A professionals from within the ACG community. The competition is carried out through a series of intra-school and regional competitions, with regional winners awarded the prestigious ACG Cup title and cash awards.
This year’s participating schools included the Tippie College of Business from the University of Iowa, The Carlson School from the University of Minnesota and the Opus College of Business at University of St. Thomas.
- This past week the St. Thomas team of Kyle Jorgenson, Ted Long, Gurkan Peksoz, Bhakti Raicha, and Brett Wong brought home the second place award making this the third year in a row that UST has placed in the competition.
This was the first year that I had the opportunity to attend this event and I was pleasantly surprised at what I experienced.
The fifth annual Junior Achievement Corporate Titan Challenge took place last week at Best Buy Headquarters. The event attracted 67 corporate teams going head-to-head in this computer simulation competition for the title of “JA Titan of Industry Champion”.
Teams strategically reviewed their profits or losses and managed company resources in this fun and competitive team-building activity while raising approximately $55,000 for Junior Achievement of the Upper Midwest.
A team of three University of St. Thomas Full-time MBA students placed first in the graduate division at the national Intercollegiate Business Ethics Case Competition in September. Team members Annelise Larson, Dan Jackson and Kristian Olson presented “Micro-Finance and Ethical Advice to Interested Parties” for the win.
The competition was held Sept. 20-23 at the Ethics and Compliance Officer Association’s annual meeting in Bellevue, Wash. It was hosted by Loyola Marymount University, the Ethics and Compliance Officer Association and the University of St. Thomas.
Dr. Kenneth Goodpaster, Koch Endowed Chair in Business Ethics at St. Thomas, and Jim Arnold, professor in the Full-time UST MBA and UST MS Accountancy programs, were faculty sponsors of the UST team.
A record-setting 1,636 MBA students from 125 business schools participated in ACG Cup competitions over the course of the 2010-2011 academic year. The ACG Cup is an M&A case-study competition offered by the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG). $213,850 in scholarships and awards were given to competition winners by 26 ACG chapters throughout the United States.
ACG members–all experienced mergers and acquisitions professionals–judge the competitions, which engage business school teams in business analysis, valuation and strategy development. The intense competitions provide feedback from real-world experts and link the next generation of top-tier business-school talent with potential M&A employers.
“The students participating in this competition are the future of the mergers and acquisitions industry,” said Aric Hassel, ACG Cup committee co-chairperson, vice president, The Bank of Kentucky and member of ACG Cincinnati. “And if the results of this competition are any gauge of what is to come, their future is bright.”