Understanding professional ethics is an important lesson in the classroom. But in today's business world, ethics is broadened to include the role of corporate social responsibility, the theme of this year's competition. Students from across the country had a chance to put their training to the test this week at the second annual Ethical Leadership Case Competition hosted by Baylor University's Hankamer School of Business.
Teams of MBA students from nine schools around the nation competed during the Dale P. Jones Business Ethics Forum at Baylor. The students arrived Wednesday, the competition launched Thursday morning, and the student teams presented their solutions before panels of judges on Friday.
Baylor University earned first place honors in the competition. University of Washington came in second and Pepperdine University's team placed third.
Students from MBA programs at Babson College, Baylor University, Clemson University, Pepperdine University, Texas A & M, University of Illinois, University of Florida, University of Notre Dame and University of Washington participated in the competition.
"Going beyond avoiding evil to doing good becomes especially challenging when all stakeholders are respected," commented Mitchell Neubert, Chavanne Chair of Christian Ethics in Business. "Many businesses today are using their expertise for the greater good - and finding their bottom line positively impacted."
1st Place: Baylor University - Tim Hutchison, Tommy Gordon, Jordan Adams
2nd Place: University of Washington - Ben Pierson, Craig Wiley, Scott Greco, Davey McHenry
3rd Place: Pepperdine University - Mark Sika, Sebastion Bartl, Sabrina Ashjian, JC Garrett
Michael Burns - Notre Dame University
Craig Wiley - University of Washington
J.C. Garrett - Pepperdine University
Heather Burns - Notre Dame University
Ben Pierson - University of Washington
Corinne O'Connor - University of Illinois