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Friday, March 07, 2014

6th Annual CEBC Ethics Case Competition

Reserve your spot today!

Take advantage of this opportunity to enrich your ethics experience – a UST trademark – strengthen your analytical skills and build relationships with Twin Cities business executives and UST faculty.

The CEBC Ethics Case Competition, organized by the Center for Ethical Business Cultures (CEBC), is an interactive way to deepen your understanding of the importance of creating ethical and profitable business cultures. The competition will be held March 7, 2014, and is open to both undergraduate business* and graduate business students.

The winning team will be eligible to represent the University of St. Thomas in the International Business Ethics Case Competition (IBECC), held in conjunction with the Ethics and Compliance Officer Association (ECOA) Sponsoring Partner Forum from May 7-9, 2014, in Tucson, Arizona. The international competition is sponsored by the Center for Ethics and Business at Loyola Marymount University, the University of St. Thomas Opus College of Business, and the Ethics & Compliance Officer Association (ECOA).

Ethics Case Topic: The topic for the 2014 competition is Data Mining: Economic, Legal and Ethical Considerations.

Competition Format: Each team presentation will be limited to 20-minutes followed by a 10-minute Judges Challenge. Students will be judged by Twin Cities business executives and University of St. Thomas faculty on their ability to research, analyze and present the case from a business, legal and ethics perspective.

Presentation Focus:

  • Undergraduate Division

    You work for a retail store chain based in Minnesota with operations throughout the upper Midwest region. Research shows that your closest competitor recently started data mining and has successfully generated customer loyalty (perhaps even by offering discounts to your customers). Your board of directors has asked you to create a task force and explore data mining as an opportunity to not only strengthen current customer loyalty but also to increase revenue. Options include installing video monitors as well as technology to track customers via their cell phones (while in the store) and to track online usage via the company website and its social media venues (Facebook, Twitter and the company blog). Currently, the company’s privacy policy does not allow data gathering in this manner. Considering business, legal and ethical concerns, should your team recommend authorizing the use of data mining to the board of directors? If so, will your team also recommend that customers be notified? If so, how? Should selling the data to a third party be considered, or should a clause be added to prohibit this?

  • Graduate Division

    You work for a retail store chain that has succeeded domestically in the United States and globally in Tokyo, London and Paris. The company’s genuine service has garnered customer loyalty from people of all ages (adults and children). The board of directors would like your team to explore data mining as an opportunity to further increase customer loyalty and revenue. Options include installing video monitors as well as technology to track customers via their cell phones (while in the store) and to track online usage via the company website and its social media venues (Facebook, Twitter and the company blog). Future revenue might even come from selling the data. Currently, the company’s privacy policy does not allow data gathering in this manner and you wonder how your loyal customers will react – in particular, those who have established a connection with the internal pharmacy. Researching your closest competitor shows that data mining can be quite lucrative.  Considering business, legal and ethical concerns, should your team recommend authorizing the use of data mining to the board of directors? If so, will your team also recommend that customers be notified? If so, how? Should selling the data to a third party be considered, or should a clause be added to prohibit this?

Eligibility*: The competition is open to undergraduate business students who are currently enrolled in or have taken Business Ethics 301, and to graduate business students. Team members must be available for all events surrounding the CEBC competition and the IBECC competition, including pre-competition group meetings, the competition on March 7, and, in the event the student’s team wins the CEBC competition, the IBECC competition May 7-9, 2014.

Teams: Each team must consist of three undergraduate business students or three graduate business students. To build deeper relationships with your peers, you are encouraged to sign up in teams that consist of a combination of juniors and seniors in the undergraduate division, and a combination of full-time and part-time students in the graduate division.

Questions: Please contact:

  • Undergraduate students can contact Rosemarie Monge West, Ph.D., assistant professor of Business Ethics and Law, at or Dawn Swink, J.D. , associate professor of Business Ethics and Law, at .

  • Graduate business s UST MBA students can contact Ken Goodpaster, Ph.D., Koch Endowed Chair in Business Ethics, at .

Registration Info and Deadline:

Registration deadline is December 12, 2013.

  • Undergraduates, please email Terri Hastings, CEBC’s director of Programs and Operations, at .
  • Graduate business s UST MBA students, please email Alex Langefels, vice president of Ethics, Full-time UST MBA Student Association, at .

Judges for the CEBC Ethics Case Competition

  • James Arnold – clinical professor of Communications in the Management Department at the University of St. Thomas Opus College of Business
  • Chris Collin – senior ethics & compliance manager at General Mills
  • Kenneth Goodpaster, Ph.D. – Koch Endowed Chair in Business Ethics at the University of St. Thomas Opus College of Business
  • Ron James – president and CEO of the Center for Ethical Business Cultures
  • Rosemarie Monge West, Ph.D. – instructor in the Business Ethics and Law Department at the University of St. Thomas Opus College of Business
  • Jason Stokes, J.D. – associate general counsel, Corporate at Pentair
  • Dawn Swink, J.D. – associate professor in the Business Ethics and Law Department at the University of St. Thomas Opus College of Business
  • Jason Zellers, J.D. – vice president & general counsel at St. Jude Medical, Inc.

The names of additional judges will be posted as they are confirmed.

About Your Faculty Sponsors and Communication’s Coach (for the national competition only)

  • Undergraduate Division Faculty Sponsor: Rosemarie Monge West, Ph.D. – assistant professor in the Business Ethics and Law Department at the University of St. Thomas Opus College of Business
    Rosemarie Monge West, Ph.D. is assistant professor in the Department of Ethics and Business Law at the University of St. Thomas Opus College of Business. Her research areas are the normative foundations of managerial responsibility and corporate social responsibility; moral dilemmas and “dirty hands” in the business context; and, corporate complicity in governments’ human rights violations.

    In addition to her Ph.D. in Ethics and Legal Studies, she also holds a B.S. in Economics with a concentration in Finance and a B.A. in International Studies, all from the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to beginning her doctoral work, she worked at a social venture capital fund in Philadelphia and volunteered with a women’s micro-entrepreneurship center in rural Peru.

  • Undergraduate Division Faculty Sponsor: Dawn Swink, J.D. – associate professor in the Business Ethics and Law Department at the University of St. Thomas Opus College of Business
    Professor Swink teaches business law and contracts, serves as editor-in-chief of Midwest Law Journal and has editorial appointments with the American Business Law Journal and the Journal of Legal Studies in Education.

    Her most recent research examines bioethics; employee internet use and productivity; health issues and employer liability; reproductive law (medical advances, fertility tourism and customizing children); telecommuting in the 21st Century; reproductive industries and e-commerce; and, constitutionality and business implications of same-sex marriage.

    In addition, she has worked extensively in private industry as a consultant on employee relations and as a business owner.

    Swink received a law degree from Drake University School of Law and a B.A. degree in international relations and political science from Minnesota State University.

  • Graduate Division Faculty Sponsor: Kenneth Goodpaster, Ph.D. – Koch Endowed Chair in Business Ethics at the University of St. Thomas
    Dr. Goodpaster taught graduate and undergraduate philosophy at the University of Notre Dame throughout the 1970s before joining the Harvard Business School faculty in 1980.

    In the fall of 1989, Goodpaster accepted the David and Barbara Koch Endowed Chair in Business Ethics at the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN, while continuing as visiting professor at Harvard through June of 1990. At St. Thomas, he teaches in undergraduate, MBA and executive educational programs including a Great Books Seminar for graduate business students and law school students. He has also developed and taught an interactive online course in business ethics for MBA students. His book, Conscience and Corporate Culture (Blackwell Publishers, 2007) was well-received by reviewers and most recently he served as executive editor of Corporate Responsibility: The American Experience (Cambridge University Press, 2012).

    Goodpaster sits on the editorial boards of numerous journals in the field of business ethics, and has been active with the Caux Round Table, the Minneapolis-based Center for Ethical Business Cultures, the International Society for Business, Economics, and Ethics (ISBEE) and the Better Business Bureau (BBB).

    He received a Ph.D. and a M.A. in philosophy, from the University of Michigan and a B.A. in mathematics from the University of Notre Dame.

  • Undergraduate and Graduate Division Communication Coach (national competition only):  James Arnold – clinical professor of Communications in the Management Department at the University of St. Thomas Opus College of Business
    James Arnold serves as clinical professor of Communications in the Management Department at the University of St. Thomas Opus College of Business, where he teaches classes in the Full-time UST MBA and Masters of Science in Accountancy programs. Prior to joining St. Thomas in 2001, Arnold taught in the Marketing Department at St. Mary’s University.

    Arnold has also served as chair and CEO of the Institute for Management Studies, a worldwide seminar organization providing leadership and management education to Fortune 1000 companies. In addition, he was founder and lead consultant for Jim Arnold & Company, a firm offering communication training and strategy formulation to local clients.

    Civically, Arnold is past president of the American Society for Training and Development, Twin Cities Chapter, and has served on numerous non-profit boards including the Midwest Direct Marketing Association and Mixed Blood Theater.

Date, Time, and Location

Friday, March 07, 2014, 8:00 am

University of St. Thomas
Minneapolis Campus

Map: http://www.stthomas.edu/campusmaps/minneapoliscampus/