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.
Read more about the competition in the UST Business Newsroom »
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.
On September 23, 2010, the winners of the spring CEBC Ethics Case Competition will represent the University of St. Thomas as one of five teams invited to compete in the Intercollegiate Business Ethics Case Competition (IBECC) at the upcoming 2010 ECOA Annual Ethics and Compliance Conference (AECC) September 22-24 in Anaheim, California.
The Second Annual CEBC Ethics Case Competition focused on “Social Media, Free Speech and the Ethical Corporation” and was hosted by the Center for Ethical Business Cultures (CEBC), the University of St. Thomas Opus College of Business and UnitedHealth Group. The competition provided graduate students in the University of St. Thomas Full-time UST MBA program an opportunity to compete and be evaluated on their ability analyze a complex business issue, uncover the legal and ethical challenges associated with the topic and develop a policy recommendation on the use of social media.