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Friday, March 01, 2013

5th Annual CEBC Ethics Case Competition

Act now to reserve your spot in the 5th Annual CEBC Ethics Case Competition!

The CEBC Ethics Case Competition is an interactive way to deepen your understanding of the importance of creating ethical and profitable business cultures. The competition will be held March 1, 2013 and is open to both undergraduate business* and Full-time UST MBA students.

The winning team (plus an additional individual selected by the judges from the other teams to join the winning team) of the Undergraduate and Graduate Divisions will be eligible to represent the University of St. Thomas in the International Business Ethics Case Competition (IBECC) which will be held in conjunction with the Ethics and Compliance Officer Association (ECOA) Sponsoring Partner Forum from May 8-10, 2013 in San Diego, CA. 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 2013 competition is:

  • Undergraduate Division – “Using Child Labor to Source Cocoa: Economic, Legal and Ethical Considerations”

  • Graduate Division – “Video Gaming: 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

  • Your colleagues in the sales department of a billion dollar U.S. based multi-national company have learned that a major U.S. grocery chain will be removing your company’s premium chocolate products from shelves due to a lack of assurance that all of your cocoa is sourced without the use of child labor.

    As part of a global sustainability team, you have been asked to reexamine the use of child labor in sourcing cocoa with suppliers in West Africa and to make a recommendation as to what changes, if any, should be made to how your organization is sourcing cocoa.

    In your presentation to the executive committee, discuss the business, legal and ethical reasoning that guides you as you advise them.

  • Graduate Division

  • In a recent 7-2 opinion, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a California law prohibiting violent video games to be bought or rented by individuals less than 18 years old. [Brown, Governor of California, ET AL. v. Entertainment Merchants Association ET AL. – No. 08-1448]

    The ruling is timely as your team has been given the task of making a recommendation to the board of directors as to whether or not your company should acquire a privately held, game company whose products include a broad array of realistic video, console, PC, online and download games aimed at the adolescent and young adult market with games having an Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) rating of T (Teen), M (Mature) and AO (Adults Only).

    The acquisition is financially very attractive as its earnings would add substantially to the bottom line of the company. It would also play a strategic role in expanding the company’s national presence beyond its current focus of producing high quality educational and play value toys for primary and pre-school children. The employee base would grow by 25%.

    In your presentation to the board of directors, discuss the business, legal and ethical reasoning that guides you as you advise them on whether or not to acquire the gaming company.

Eligibility*: The competition is open to current undergraduate business students who are currently enrolled in or have taken Business Ethics 301 and Full-time UST MBA students.

Teams: Each team must consist of 3 undergraduate business students or 3 Full-time UST MBA students. To build deeper relationships with your peers, we encourage you to sign-up in teams that consist of a combination of juniors and seniors or 1st and 2nd year Full-time UST MBA students.

Questions: Please contact:

  • Undergraduates, please contact Rosemarie Monge West – Instructor in the Business Ethics and Law Department at or Dawn Swink, J.D. – Associate Professor in the Business Ethics and Law Department at .

  • Full-time UST MBA students, please contact Mitch Glentzer – Vice President, Ethics of the Full-time UST MBA Student Association at or Ken Goodpaster – UST’s Koch Endowed Chair in Business Ethics at .

Registration Info and Deadline:

To sign-up, send an email to – by Monday ~ February 8, 2013.

  • Undergraduates, please email Terri Hastings – CEBC’s Director of Programs and Operations at or .
  • Full-time UST MBA students, please email Mitch Glentzer – Vice President, Ethics of the Full-time UST MBA Student Association at .

This is a great opportunity to:

  • enrich your ethics experience – a UST trademark,
  • strengthen your business analytical skills,
  • and, build relationships with Twin Cities business executives and UST faculty.

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
  • Kenneth Goodpaster, Ph.D. – Koch Endowed Chair in Business Ethics at the University of St. Thomas Opus College of Business
  • Jeanne Hickey, JD – Chief Compliance Counsel - Vascular Therapies at Covidien
  • Ron James – President and CEO of the Center for Ethical Business Cultures
  • Dan Lopez, CCEP – Senior Manager, Ethics & Compliance at Alliant Techsystems Inc.
  • Rosemarie Monge West – 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

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. candidate – Instructor in the Business Ethics and Law Department at the University of St. Thomas Opus College of Business
    Rosemarie Monge West is a Ph.D. candidate in the Legal Studies and Business Ethics department at the University of Pennsylvania. Her dissertation is entitled Business Practice and Dirty Hands: Managerial Action in the Face of Moral Conflict.

    Her research focuses on moral dilemmas and “dirty hands” in the business context; normative foundations of CSR; and, corporate complicity in governments’ human rights violations.

    Prior to beginning her doctoral studies, she worked at a social venture capital fund in Philadelphia and volunteered with a women’s micro-entrepreneurship center in rural Peru.

    She received a B.S. in Economics and a B.A. in international studies from the University of Pennsylvania.

  • 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 students in business. He has also developed and taught an interactive online course in business ethics for MBA students. His newest book, Conscience and Corporate Culture (Blackwell Publishers, 2007) was released during the summer of 2006.

    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 01, 2013, 8:00 am

University of St. Thomas
Minneapolis Campus

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