It is with great pleasure that the Center for Leadership Ethics announces the 17th Annual Collegiate Ethics Case Competition. This year’s competition will once again host top public and private business schools from all over the world.
The competition will expose students to a thought provoking business ethics case that they could face in their professional careers.
Student teams will collaboratively analyze, present and respond to questions posed by a panel of judges. Students will compete with teams from various business colleges from around the world. The experience promises to challenge students' moral reasoning, provide a wonderful networking opportunity and in the end, raise students' awareness of the importance of corporate social responsibility.
The number of institutions invited to this year’s competition will be capped at 25! The first 25 teams that register and pay are “in.” We will begin a waiting list once registration fills. At this point you do not need to identify your students.
Agenda and Competition Format
|Noon||Check-in (Marriott Tucson University Park)|
|1-4 p.m.||Team Building for Competition Participants with Professor Nathan Podsakoff|
Talk for Competition Advisors: Professor Marie S. Mitchell: The Implications of Being Lenient to Misconduct
|4-5:30 p.m.||Advisory Board Meeting, Center for Leadership Ethics|
Keynote Speaker: Amanda Muir, The Vanguard Group
|8 a.m.-Noon||Round One Competition|
|1-2:40 p.m.||Round Two Competition|
|2:40-3 p.m.||Judges Deliberation|
|3-3:30 p.m.||Advancing Teams Announced|
|4-5:15 p.m.||Final Round|
|5:30 p.m.||Closing Dinner|
|6 p.m.||Program Begins|
|9 a.m.||Departure from Hotel for tour|
|9:30 a.m.-Noon||Tour Details: Old Tucson Studios|
|2 p.m.||Departure to Hotel|
On September 30th, teams will receive the ethics case and instructions on how to proceed. Teams also have the option of entering an essay competition called the Stephanie Chance "Bright Line" Award. Teams will be asked to submit an executive summary (required), PowerPoint and/or Presi presentation (required) and essay (optional). Materials must be turned in by 8 a.m. on Monday, October 14, 2019. These materials will be assembled for the judges.
Teams will be divided into five brackets with five teams per bracket. Each team will be asked to identify the stakeholders in the case; the economic, legal and ethical considerations; and offer recommendations on how to proceed. Teams will be asked to assume a particular identity (e.g., company employees and/or consultants) and will present to a particular audience (e.g., company executives and/or a board of directors). Presentations are not to exceed 30 minutes and will be followed by approximately 10 minutes of questioning from the judges.
Round One Details
Teams will be assigned a time to compete in Round One. Times are listed below. Times will be assigned at check-in.
|8-8:40 a.m.||Group 1 Teams|
|8:45-9:25 a.m.||Group 2 Teams|
|9:30-10:10 a.m.||Group 3 Teams|
|10:30-11:10 a.m.||Group 4 Teams|
|11:15-11:55 p.m.||Group 5 Teams|
Teams will remain in their brackets. Each team will be asked to answer a series of questions posed by a panel of judges. The question/answer round will last approximately fifteen minutes. Combined scores from Round One and Round Two will be generated and the top team from each bracket will advance to the Final Round.
Round Two Details
Teams will be assigned a time to compete in Round Two. Times are listed below. Times will be assigned at check-in.
|1-1:15 p.m.||Group 1|
|1:20-1:35 p.m.||Group 2|
|2:00-2:15 p.m.||Group 4|
|2:20-2:35 p.m.||Group 5|
Following the presentation format from Round One, Finalists presentations are not to exceed ten minutes and will be followed by approximately five minutes of questioning from the entire panel of judges. First, Second, Third, Fourth and Fifth Place Awards will be announced at the Closing Dinner.
|4-4:15 p.m.||Finalist 1|
|4:15-4:30 p.m.||Finalist 2|
|4:30-4:45 p.m.||Finalist 3|
|4:45-5 p.m.||Finalist 4|
|5-5:15 p.m.||Finalist 5|
Judges will utilize the following criteria in evaluating teams throughout the competition:
- Depth of analysis
- Recommendations that are both ethical and practical in a business context
- Responses to questions
Case Competition Winners
Congratulations to the 2019 Collegiate Ethics Case Competition Winners:
Ethan Mader and Paulina Hruskoci from the University of Texas at Dallas
2019 Collegiate Ethics Case Competition Winning Presentations
2018 Collegiate Ethics Case Competition Winning Presentations
2017 Collegiate Ethics Case Competition Winning Presentations
2016 Collegiate Ethics Case Competition Winning Presentations
2015 Collegiate Ethics Case Competition Winning Presentations
2014 Collegiate Ethics Case Competition Winning Presentations
2013 Collegiate Ethics Case Competition Winning Presentations
2012 Collegiate Ethics Case Competition Winning Presentations
Transportation, Location and Accommodations
Arrival and Transportation
All students should plan on flying in no later than noon on October 17, 2019.
Required activities will begin at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday and will run through the late evening on Friday, October 18. An optional tour will be offered on Saturday, October 19. Spots are available to the first 20 participants who RSVP and pay the competition registration.
Please contact Anne Pentland if your flight is arriving later than noon on Thursday, October 17.
Transportation to and from the airport will be the responsibility of each participant. However, transportation during the entire program will be provided by the Eller College of Management if participants are staying at the Marriott Tucson University Park. Participants who are not successful in securing rooms at the Marriott will be responsible for their own transportation from their hotel to the competition. Dinner on Thursday and lunch and dinner on Friday will be provided by the Eller College.
For information on transportation to and from the airport, please visit the Tucson International Airport transportation website.
Case Competition Location: McClelland Hall
The University of Arizona's McClelland Hall, home of the Eller College of Management, is located at:
1130 E. Helen St.
Tucson AZ 85721
The Collegiate Ethics Case Competition lodging will be at:
Tucson Marriott University Park
880 E. 2nd St.
Tucson, AZ 85719
$149 for single and $159 for double rooms (taxes not included)
*Rates do not include breakfast, however, breakfast vouchers are available at a discounted rate of $10 per person. Vouchers can be bought from the hotel and will be charged directly to your room.
Failure to cancel a guaranteed reservation 24 hours prior to the day of arrival or occupy the room will result in a charge of one night's room and tax applied to the credit card or forfeiture of the deposit.
Each attendee will be responsible for their room, tax and incidental charges. Payment will be accepted in the form of a major credit card or cash.
The room block will be held until September 16, 2019. On that date any unused portion of the group room block will be released for general sale to the public, unless guaranteed by the group. Reservations received after this date are subject to availability at the Hotel's prevailing rate.
Check-in and Check-out
The Hotel offers a 3:00 p.m. check-in time and a 12:00 noon check-out time. Guests arriving prior to 3:00 p.m. will be accommodated as guestrooms become available.
The Eller College of Management is honored to host a wide variety of professionals from the business, government and nonprofit sectors to serve as judges for the Collegiate Ethics Case Competition.
This year more than 20 professionals will serve as judges. In all of their diverse fields, each is dedicated to promoting personal and professional ethics.
Special thanks and recognition to our generous sponsors of the Collegiate Ethics Case Competition.
Without these sponsors' financial contributions, such a wonderful event would not be possible.