Collegiate Ethics Case Competition

17th Annual Collegiate Ethics Case Competition
October 17-19, 2019
McClelland Hall
Eller College of Management, The University of Arizona


It is with great pleasure that the Center for Leadership Ethics announces the 17th Annual Collegiate Ethics Case Competition. This year’s competition will once again host top public and private business schools from throughout the United States, Canada, and Mexico. 

The competition will expose students to a thought provoking business ethics case that they could face in their professional careers.

Student teams will collaboratively analyze, present, and respond to questions posed by a panel of judges. Students will compete with teams from various business colleges from around the world. The experience promises to challenge students' moral reasoning, provide a wonderful networking opportunity, and in the end, raise students' awareness of the importance of corporate social responsibility. 

The number of institutions invited to this year’s competition will be capped at 25! The first 25 teams that register and pay are “in.” We will begin a waiting list once registration fills. At this point you do not need to identify your students. Make your hotel reservations now.

Thank you, and welcome!

Dr. Paul Melendez 
Professor of Practice 
Founder, Center for Leadership Ethics
Department of Management and Organizations
Eller College of Management 
The University of Arizona

What Past Participants are Saying

Competitions like the Collegiate Ethics Case Competition are important to students as they give students the opportunity to integrate their learning and build on skills that are required when they move into the business world. The competition at Eller does a great job of this as it requires students to consider all aspects of the business from strategy to finances to brand image to ethics. This year’s case was a great example of needing to deal with these elements and it took my students from dealing with the crisis to laying out a long-term plan for becoming an ethical leader.

Cameron Welsh, MBA, FBTM
Senior Instructor, Business Technology Management 
JDC West Faculty Advisor
Haskayne School of Business, University of Calgary 


Once again, we cannot thank you and your team enough for hosting such a spectacular case competition! It is really an incredibly high-class production, and I know it takes a monumental effort to put it all together and make everything run so smoothly.

Christina C. Benson, JD, MBA 
Assistant Professor of Business Law and Ethics
Martha and Spencer Love School of Business
Elon University

I want to thank you for making our visit and time at UA and Tucson pleasant and enjoyable. My students thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to be a part of this year’s Collegiate Ethics Case Competition. It presented them a wonderful learning opportunity. Please convey our profound gratitude to Dr. Susan Smith for her keen observation and very helpful feedback. I hope we are invited back next year. Again thank you for your time and efforts in making sure that we were taken care of and that we enjoyed our visit. You were selfless. Thank you.

Isaiah O. Ugboro, Ph.D.
Professor, Organization Theory & Strategic Management
Dept. Of Management
School of Business & Economics
North Carolina A&T State University

I wanted to offer my thanks on a great competition. It was very well run and I found the case very challenging and topical. My students had a great time and learned a great deal. I also want to especially recognize the great work your students did in keeping things organized and running well, and for their great hospitality…

Ron Bramhall
Director, Honors Program 
Instructor, Leadership and Communication Center 
Lundquist College of Business
University of Oregon

We’d like to sincerely thank you for hosting Dalhousie University at the Eller Collegiate Ethics Case Competition this year. We truly had a positive experience, and were blown away by both the quality of the competitors and presentations as well as the events of the entire weekend. The team-building activities on Friday were an excellent venue for us to meet and get to know the competitors at other schools, and resulted in a very friendly and encouraging competitive environment during the rounds on Saturday. Further, I know I speak for all of us when I say that Saturday’s keynote address was one of the most engaging we’ve ever heard. Thank you for allowing us to have such a rewarding learning experience.”

Chris Snoyer, Blake Morgan, and Michelle Honsberger
Dalhousie University

I am a conference junkie and I go to every conference that I can, but this is by far the best one I have ever attended. I am not exaggerating when I say that; I was just so impressed with the magnitude of the event, the cleverness of the format, and most of all, the caliber of the students who participated and organized the event.

Jennifer de Leon
Seattle University

I really enjoyed the whole conference. I would definitely suggest this competition to others… overall I felt it was a tremendous learning experience... very academically rigorous.

Melissa Ferrari
Pennsylvania State University 

… [G]racious hosts and thought-provoking rousing sessions… The students learned a great deal—they wrote pages on their experience in our debrief session. I enjoyed watching all of the participants and meeting other people similarly motivated in regards to ethics in business, and I look forward to future competitions.

Sandra Crystal
Associate Professor
University of Southern California


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