Eller To Host 18th Annual Collegiate Ethics Case Competition

Oct. 19, 2020


Each year, the Eller College of Management’s Center for Leadership Ethics holds the Collegiate Ethics Case Competition, where student teams from around the world gather to participate in Tucson, Arizona, with the goal of bringing ethics education to all students and attendees. This year’s competition will be held on October 22-23.

This year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the competition has moved to a virtual format. Because of this change, the opportunity presented itself for a more diverse group of students to participate in the competition.

There are 29 teams participating in the competition—participating teams are from the U.S., Canada, Mexico and Europe.

Student teams are exposed to a thought-provoking business ethics case that they could face in their professional careers.

The teams then collaboratively analyze, present and respond to questions asked by a panel of judges.

Each year a new case is written to address a pressing ethical dilemma in business and society. This year, the case was once again written by Dr. Paul Melendez, founder of the Center for Leadership Ethics on Huawei, 5G, and the European Union. The case addresses the geopolitical tug of war between the European Union, China, and the United States concerning the deployment of 5G in the European Union amid security concerns. 

Judges for this year’s competition come from a variety of companies including Fresnillo, Vanguard, Bank of America, Geico and HP.

Judging criteria will be based on delivery, depth of analysis, persuasiveness, creativity, recommendations that are both ethical and practical in a business context and responses to the questions. 

“This event continues to foster the development of young scholars and shape the next generation of ethical leadership within organizations around the world,” says Bank of America Tucson Market President Adriana Kong Romero. “Bank of America is proud to once again support the University of Arizona’s Annual Collegiate Ethics Case Competition.

List of participating schools:

Boston College, Brigham Young University, Concordia University, Elon University, Emory University, Georgetown University, Indiana University, Iowa State University, La Salle University, Northern Illinois University, Penn State University, Pepperdine University, Providence College, Stetson University, The University of Texas at Austin, United States Naval Academy, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Universidad Panamericana—Aguascalientes, Universidad Panamericana—Mexico City, University of Amsterdam, University of Arkansas, University of Calgary, University of Florida, University of Idaho, University of Illinois at Champaign, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, University of Texas at Dallas, University of Utah and University of Vermont.