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The IACBE announces the winners of its fifth annual student case-study competition.

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Student Case-Study CompetitionWinners of Fifth Annual IACBE Student Case-Study Competition Announced

Lenexa, Kansas, USA (April 2016) – At its Annual Conference and Assembly Meeting on April 5-8, 2016 in Memphis, Tennessee, USA, the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE) hosted its fifth annual student case-study competition focusing on business ethics, and is pleased to announce the following winners:

St. Thomas Aquinas College Logo First Place

St. Thomas Aquinas College (New York, USA)

  • Tim Ehardt
  • Christopher Jordan
  • Maddison Lord
  • Faculty Advisor: Christine Cahill
St. Thomas Aquinas College-First Place

Chaminade University of Honolulu Logo Second Place

Chaminade University of Honolulu (Hawaii, USA)

  • Chantelle Aguilar
  • Jaycee-Rae Almeida
  • Calee Goya
  • Judy Ng
  • Faculty Advisor: Richard Kido
Chaminade University of Honolulu-Second Place

Ohio Valley University Logo Third Place

Ohio Valley University (West Virginia, USA)

  • Povilas Dambrauskas
  • Deividas Sinickas
  • Luke Wolfe
  • Faculty Advisor: Joy Jones
Ohio Valley University-Third Place

The case-study competition provides students with an opportunity to showcase their abilities to analyze a case, to identify and discuss recommendations for ethical action, and to “think on their feet.” The competition requires students to (1) work as members of a team, (2) collect and analyze data, and (3) effectively present case information and answer questions in a clear, concise, and professional manner.

In their case presentations, each team must identify and explain the relevant background information of the case, which may include legal, financial, economic, marketing, and management issues relevant to the case, and present the ethical issue that they have chosen to address. After presenting the case information, the teams must make recommendations for action that are solidly grounded in ethical theory.

Bloomberg BusinessweekThe three placing teams were selected based on the combined scores from four rounds of presentations over two days of competition. The winning team was awarded a $1,000 scholarship that was generously sponsored by Bloomberg Businessweek.

Eller CenterThe final-round case – entitled “Uber: A Disruptive Innovation with Disturbing Ethical Practices” – was written by Dr. Paul Melendez, Assistant Dean of Executive Education, Founder of the Center for Leadership Ethics, and Professor of Practice in Management and Organizations in the Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona, and was graciously provided to the IACBE by the university’s Eller Center for Leadership Ethics.

About the Eller Center: The Eller Center for Leadership Ethics brings together top research faculty, established educational outreach programs, and corporate partnerships to effect broad change in ethical leadership across business. Through research, education, and outreach, the Eller Center for Leadership Ethics is committed to improving the ethical culture of organizations.

About the IACBE


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Business Education Worldwide

The International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE) was founded in 1997 in response to the expressed needs of presidents, chief academic officers, and business deans and chairs who wanted an accreditation process that was mission-driven and outcomes-based. The IACBE is nationally-recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), and is the leader in mission-driven and outcomes-based programmatic accreditation in business and management education for student-centered colleges, universities, and other higher education institutions throughout the world.

The IACBE’s mission is to promote and recognize excellence in business education in institutions of higher education worldwide, at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, through specialized accreditation of business programs. The IACBE has hundreds of member institutions and campuses worldwide, and has accredited over 1,300 business and business-related programs in the United States, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Central America, and South America.

The IACBE’s World Headquarters are located at 11374 Strang Line Road in Lenexa, Kansas, 66215, USA. For more information about the IACBE, please contact us here.

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