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September 29, 2011

Full-time UST MBA Team Wins Graduate Division & Awarded Overall “Runner Up” Recognition

A team of three University of St. Thomas (UST) Full-time MBA students placed first in the graduate division and were awarded “runner up” recognition when the winners of the graduate, international, undergraduate north and undergraduate south divisions competed in a cross-divisional “final four” competition at the national Intercollegiate Business Ethics Case Competition.

From left to right: Kenneth Goodpaster, Dan Jackson, Annelise Larson, Kristian Olson and Jim Arnold

The competition was hosted by Loyola Marymount University (LMU), Ethics and Compliance Officer Association (ECOA), and the University of St. Thomas – Minnesota at the ECOA’s annual meeting held September 20-23 in Bellevue, WA. The UST team, which consists of Annelise Larson, Dan Jackson and Kristian Olson, have been invited to deliver their winning presentation on “Micro-Finance and Ethical Advice to Interested Parties” at a November 2-4, 2011 ECOA conference focused on Building and Benefiting from an Ethical Organizational Culture being held at the University of St. Thomas – Minnesota. Faculty sponsors of the UST team are St. Thomas’ Dr. Kenneth Goodpaster, who holds the Koch Endowed Chair in Business Ethics at St. Thomas, and Jim Arnold, professor in the Full-time UST MBA and MS Accountancy programs.

Competing in the graduate division were teams from INSEAD (Fontainebleau, France), Seattle University (Seattle, WA), St. Louis University (St. Louis, MO), University of Oxford (Oxford, England), University of Southern California (Los Angeles, CA) and the University of St. Thomas (St. Paul, MN). Undergraduate teams were from Boston College (Chestnut Hill, MA), California State University at Long Beach (Long Beach, CA), Claflin University (Orangeburg, SC), College of the Holy Cross (Worcester, MA), Loyola Marymount University (Los Angeles, CA), Middle East Technical University (Ankara, Turkey), Seattle University (Seattle, WA), Simon Fraser University (British Columbia, Canada), St. Petersburg College (St. Petersburg, FL) and the University of Florida (Gainesville, FL).

Members of the winning St. Thomas team were selected last spring through the CEBC Ethics Case Competition hosted by the Center for Ethical Business Cultures (CEBC), University of St. Thomas Opus College of Business and UnitedHealth Group. 

The CEBC Ethics Case Competition is one of several ethics education initiatives that the Opus College of Business and CEBC collaborate on to engage tomorrow’s business leaders in the challenges of building enduring ethical and profitable business cultures. This engagement takes a variety of forms, including hosting public forums on emerging ethical issues, conducting center-created business ethics simulations, speaking to – or arranging speakers to address – classes as guest lecturers, leading study abroad courses and arranging business site visits for UST MBA students interested in ethics and corporate responsibility issues.