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Business Ethics & Leadership

National MBA Case Competition in Ethical Leadership

Business Ethics & Leadership

The 14th Annual National MBA Case Competition in Ethical Leadership was held November 6-13, 2020


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 had the incredible opportunity of participating in Baylor's National MBA Ethics Case Competition this year. Being a first-year MBA candidate, my case competition experience was exclusively virtual, but was nonetheless challenging, exciting, and engaging! From the case prep to the presentations, Baylor staff did an incredible job ensuring the virtual adaption went off without a hitch. In addition, the case we were given not only focused on relevant challenges many companies are facing in light of COVID-19, but also addressed deeply rooted systemic issues we as future business leaders should be working to change. I am so grateful I was a part of this case competition and couldn't recommend it more to my fellow MBA colleagues!”
- Jillian Roberts, Texas Christian University

“Participating in the Baylor Ethics Competition was a highlight of this semester. It was great to meet (virtually) with other universities that recognize ethics as a foundational component of their lives and careers. Our careers will all be different, but as future leaders in the industries we enter we all desire to elevate the ethical culture of our organization. This case competition presented a relevant and complex business problem to address and required us to analyze problems from a realistic perspective. I know BYU looks forward to participating in the future!”
- Michael Wakeham, Brigham Young University

“The J.P. Morgan case competition hosted by Baylor University was nonetheless an event to remember. The staff was warm and welcoming, and their enthusiasm for our participation was infectious. The case itself was challenging, but our high-performing team flourished, winning third place, and the Baylor team made us feel glorious about the win. We won a cash prize, but the team experience and network with the university were priceless.”
- Cristina Iraheta, Pepperdine University

2020 Winners

Grand Prize: $3,000

Texas Christian University: Maggie Britven, Kyle Flottman, Jillian Roberts, Connor Vacarro

First Place students: Texas Christian University students Maggie Britven, Kyle Flottman, Jillian Roberts, Connor Vacarro

2nd Place: $1,200

Brigham Young University: Sarah Waggoner, Levi Pace, Angela Smith, Michael Wakeham

Second Place winners: Brigham Young University students Sarah Waggoner, Levi Pace, Angela Smith, Michael Wakeham

3rd Place: $1,000

Pepperdine University: Gabriella Dominic, Maria Navea, Abigail Carstens, Cristina Iraheta

Third Place winners: Pepperdine University students Gabriella Dominic, Maria Navea, Abigail Carstens, Cristina Iraheta

Competition Logistics

After hosting 14 consecutive years of our in-person competition, we transitioned to an all virtual Ethics Case Competition due to Covid-19. As disappointing as this was to not host our National MBA Students and corporate Judges here on campus, we were excited to explore the virtual opportunity and have participants collaborate entirely online. Twelve universities from around the country participated. The competition began with a virtual launch where the competition rules and case were discussed. Teams were assigned a presentation time on competition day where they provided a solution to an unethical situation with the JP Morgan Chase Bank company. Upon conclusion of the presentations, the judges deliberated and chose the top three teams to compete in the finals. Once the finals were completed the participants joined us on a final Zoom meeting where the winner was announced.

You can view the winning presentation by Texas Christian University here: JPMorgan Chase—Embracing Diversity and Responsibility

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