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Baylor University Hosts 12th Annual National MBA Case Competition in Ethical Leadership

Nov. 30, 2018

By Ally Peters

In the closing week of the Dale P. Jones Business Ethics Forum, MBA students from around the nation competed in the 12th Annual National MBA Case Competition in Ethical Leadership.

Hosted by Baylor University’s Hankamer School of Business, the case competition took place Nov. 8 – 9, 2018. Students from 12 university MBA programs were given the opportunity to present their analyses and recommendations for ethical leadership in response to a Google Case created for the competition. A panel of business leaders, primarily consisting of Baylor’s Executive MBA program graduates, judged the presentations.

The team from Brigham Young University, comprised of members Sara Picard, Reenu Raj, David Tensmeyer and Kyle Woodhouse, won first place. Second place went to Drew Chaplain, Alex Gunn, Smriti Pant and Kaley Tabor from the University of Georgia. Auburn University received third place with team members Julia Domanico, Veronica Eder, Caroline Harrell and Francisca Norregaard. The top three teams were awarded $5000, $1200 and $1000, respectively.

“I loved getting to heavily integrate ethical principles and theories into a traditional business solution,” said Sara Picard, a member of the winning BYU team. “Being able to creatively do that integration was fun and it stretched us to do our best work.”

Winners of the Best Presenter awards are Kaley Tabor from the University of Georgia, Christopher McGehee from Louisiana State University and Caroline Harrell from Auburn University. Awards for Best Q&A were awarded to Layton Cox from Southern Methodist University, Moumita Sen from Oklahoma State University and Avni Sabhani from the University of Illinois.

Participants were provided with lodging and meals throughout their stay, which culminated with the Ben Williams Distinguished Speaker Luncheon featuring keynote speaker Drayton McLane Jr., Chairman of the McLane Group.

The purpose of the case competition is to advance the development of ethical leaders through experiential learning and to recognize and promote MBA students and their programs for their participation in the event.

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