Friday, March 06, 2015
7th 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, sponsored by St. Jude Medical and 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 6, 2015 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (subject to change), and is open to undergraduate and graduate business* students.
The winning undergraduate and graduate teams will be eligible to represent the University of St. Thomas in the International Business Ethics Case Competition (IBECC) held April 21-24, 2015, in New Orleans, LA. The international competition is sponsored by the Center for Ethics and Business at Loyola Marymount University, the Ethics and Compliance Officer Association (ECOA) and the University of St. Thomas Opus College of Business.
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 ethical perspective.
The topics for the 2015 competition are:
- Undergraduate Division – Considering a Living Wage Policy
- Your new CEO has been hearing a lot about legislative efforts to address the minimum wage. In addition, though unfamiliar with the living wage, she knows companies are studying it. Wondering how your organization should proceed, she appoints a cross-functional task force to present a recommendation. The task force will represent the organization overall – U.S.-based multinational food and beverage company headquartered in Minnesota, with manufacturing plants throughout the U.S., and offices in every state, Canada, the U.K. and Sweden.
- She would like you to identify the business, legal and ethical implications in your recommendation when you meet with her and the executive management council. Also, state how your decision recognizes the “Avenues For Ethical Analysis”.
- Options to consider could include the following:
- (1) Should the company be proactive and set a living wage policy unique to your company? If you choose this option, encompass the diverse nature of your workforce: – a broad blend of generations representing Generation Z, Generation Y, Generation X, Baby Boomers and the Silent Generation. Illustrate how you propose implementing the policy and measuring the outcome. Allow for flexibility to adapt the policy as your organization learns from this endeavor.
- (2) Should the company simply wait and comply with possible legislation or models created by other organizations? Explain the impact this could have on recruiting and stakeholders. Show any benchmark factors you used and the major variables you included or rejected. Illustrate how you propose measuring the outcome.
- (3) Other?
- Minimum Wage (Definition from the U.S. Department of Labor) – http://www.dol.gov/whd/minimumwage.htm
The federal minimum wage provisions are contained in the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).
- The federal minimum wage is $7.25 per hour effective July 24, 2009. Many states also have minimum wage laws. Some state laws provide greater employee protections; employers must comply with both.
- Living Wage (Definition from BusinessDictionary.com modified to reference individuals) – http://www.businessdictionary.com/definition/living-wage.html
- A living wage allows an individual or family to meet its basic needs, and provide some ability to deal with emergencies, without resorting to welfare or other public assistance.
- Graduate Division – Retaining Your Headquarters in the United States or Exploring a Tax Inversion
- Your CEO has expressed interest in acquiring an Ireland-based organization. The synergies between your organizations would provide an opportunity to increase your geographic footprint, enhance your suite of products, expand your research and development capabilities, and improve your access to global distribution channels. As part of the transaction, your CEO needs to recommend to the board of directors where to locate the headquarters of the new company and its corresponding tax base.
- Currently, your Fortune 500 technology company, with plants and offices located in Switzerland and the United States, benefits from strong community roots established through its Minnesota headquarters. Your CEO appreciated the perspective Bill George presented in a Star Tribune editorial he wrote and posted on his website. George, former CEO of Medtronic, professor at Harvard Business School and a respected member of the community, listed “five tests that boards of directors should satisfy before approving any deal.” Further, although he, too, noted that “Some consider them [tax inversions] unpatriotic,” he added, “Others believe companies are bound by fiduciary responsibility to consider them” (June 28, 2014). Your organization has a history of honoring its stakeholders.
- She would like you to identify the business, legal and ethical implications in your recommendation when you meet with her and the executive committee. Also, state how your proposal recognizes the “Avenues For Ethical Analysis”.
- Definition of Tax Inversion from Anousha Sakoui, Financial Times Ltd. (August 13, 2013)
- “A tax inversion is a legal transaction whereby a company becomes the subsidiary of another company in another country—and, as a result, the original company becomes subject to the tax laws of the foreign country instead.”
Eligibility*: The competition is open to University of St. Thomas 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 6 and, in the event the student’s team wins the CEBC competition, the IBECC competition held from April 21-24, 2015.
Teams: Each team must consist of 3-4 undergraduate business students or 3-4 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 please 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 students please contact Dawn Elm, Ph.D., professor in the Business Ethics and Law Department, at .
Registration Info and Deadline:
Registration deadline is Thursday, December 11, 2014. To register, email the names of your team members to:
- Undergraduates, please email Terri Hastings, CEBC’s director of Programs and Operations, at .
- Graduate business UST MBA students, please email Kay Wimer, academic advisor in the Full-Time MBA Student Life department, 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
- Dawn Elm, Ph.D. – professor in the Business Ethics and Law Department at the University of St. Thomas Opus College of Business
- Kenneth Goodpaster, Ph.D. – professor emeritus of Business Ethics Emeritus 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
- Dawn Swink, J.D. – associate professor in the Business Ethics and Law Department at the University of St. Thomas Opus College of Business
- James Zappa, J.D. – vice president, associate general counsel, chief compliance officer at 3M
The names of additional judges will be posted as they are confirmed.
About Your Faculty Sponsors and Communication’s Coach:
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: Dawn Elm, Ph.D. – professor in the Business Ethics and Law Department at the University of St. Thomas Opus College of Business
Dawn Elm received her Ph.D. in strategic management and organization from the University of Minnesota in 1989. She has been a faculty member at the University of St. Thomas for 25 years, teaching and consulting in the areas of business ethics, strategy, leadership and corporate governance.
Prior to coming to the University of St. Thomas, Elm worked in product development with the Procter & Gamble Company in Cincinnati, Ohio, after receiving her B.S. in chemical engineering, summa cum laude, from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
She is widely published in the field of business ethics and was the recipient of the University of St. Thomas Excellence in Business Ethics award in 2002. Her current work involves improving ethical decision making in business, the impact of social media on privacy valuation and the integration of aesthetics and business ethics. She currently serves as the executive director of the Society for Business Ethics, a global association.
Undergraduate and Graduate Division Communication Coach: 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 06, 2015, 8:00 am
University of St. Thomas