Business Ethics & Leadership

National MBA Case Competition in Ethical Leadership

Business Ethics & Leadership

The 13th Annual National MBA Case Competition in Ethical Leadership was held November 7-8, 2019

Please contact Dr. Mitch Neubert, at, for information about competing in the Fall 2020 competition.


To advance the development of ethical leaders through experiential learning and to recognize and promote MBA students and their programs for participation in a national case competition in ethical leadership.

“I loved getting to heavily integrate ethical principles and theories into a traditional business solution. Being able to creatively do that integration was fun and it stretched us to do our best work.” - Sara Picard

“The Ethics competition was a wonderful experience. As a student, we learn about business ethics but rarely have the opportunity to immerse ourselves in the problem and find solutions. We often have to look backwards and analyze past situations, but Baylor offered us a chance to work through a current ethical challenge. Overall, I am thankful for the opportunity to have participated in the event and recommend this case competition to any MBA student.” - Kaley Tabor

2019 Winners

Grand Prize: $5,000

Baylor University: Arjun Azavedo, Kathryn Huff, Lisa Long, Abbey Mackey

2nd Place: $1,200

Texas Christian University: Ryan Winn, Kimberly Hughes, Kyle Flottman, Claire Lukeman

3rd Place: $1,000

Southern Methodist University: Veronika Joy, Anna Williams, Ahtsham Ahmad, Shiv Venkatasetty

Special Awards for Best Presenters and Best Q&A:

Ryan Winn (TCU), Justin Ashby (BYU), Dan Snow (BYU), Coren Compton (Auburn), Kyle Nethers (Oklahoma State -- Not Pictured), Kate Ingersoll (University of Minnesota -- Not Pictured) 

Competition Logistics

  • Students and advisors* check in at Courtyard Waco by Marriott on Wednesday.
  • Students receive cases and final instructions Thursday morning during competition launch.
  • Student teams work in designated team rooms all day. (Lunch and dinner are provided.)
  • Student teams participate in Round 1 of competition Friday morning in 3 rooms.**
  • Students attend Friday luncheon with presentation by Ethics Forum keynote speaker and the announcement of the three finalist teams.
  • Finals begin at 1pm in McClinton Auditorium. All participants in case competition and other guests are welcome.
  • Reception and awards ceremony conclude the competition.

* Advisor attendance is optional though welcome.
** Teams consist of 4 full-time MBA students and are randomly assigned rooms and times; identity of schools is prohibited to ensure fairness. Invitation only.

Resources provided by Baylor University:

  • Case and instructions (on site) and individual team work rooms (Thursday)
  • Transportation to and from Waco airport (ACT) if used both Wednesday and Friday
  • Transportation from hotel to the Hankamer School of Business at the Paul L. Foster Campus for Business and Innovation Thursday and Friday
  • Lodging Wednesday-Thursday (up to 3 rooms for 2 nights) and meals Thursday-Friday through end of competition

Previous MBA Competition Cases

An Ethical Leadership Opportunity for BlueCava
News Corp in Crisis
MFI International: A Entrepreneur's Dilemma

For permission to use these cases free of charge, contact Dr. Mitch Neubert at


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