2023 Collegiate Ethics Case Competition

Oct. 23, 2023
Ethics Case Competition

On October 12 and 13, 2023, The Center for Leadership Ethics in the Eller College of Management held the 21st annual Collegiate Ethics Case Competition (CECC).

The 2023 competition—sponsored by Vanguard and ETHISPHERE—took place in McClelland Hall and hosted student teams from many different places worldwide.

The CECC exposes students to thought-provoking business ethics cases they could face in their professional careers. The teams then analyze, present and respond to questions posed by a panel of judges.

The main goal of this competition is to challenge students' moral reasoning, provide a wonderful networking opportunity and in the end, raise students' awareness of the importance of corporate social responsibility.

Throughout the competition, judges utilized the following criteria to evaluate the teams:

  • Delivery
  • Depth of analysis
  • Persuasiveness
  • Creativity
  • Recommendations that are both ethical and practical in a business context
  • Responses to questions

The 2023 winners of the Collegiate Ethics Case competition were students from Clemson University, winning a trip to Chicago for the 2024 Global Ethics Summit, a trophy and a $500 cash prize. Second and third-place winning teams were from Concordia University and Washington University in St. Louis respectively.

“This year’s field of participants offered some novel recommendations on how ChatGPT could be deployed in healthcare to solve pressing problems, but also identified several ethical concerns such as data bias and potential harms,” says Paul Melendez, University Distinguished Outreach Professor and Founder of the Center for Leadership Ethics. Participants rose to challenge and proudly represented themselves, their faculty advisors, and business schools. I couldn’t be prouder!”