Stetson University hosts business ethics case competition

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The winning duo — Campbell University students Sarah Page and Dylan Blackburn, standing between Troy and Sissy Templeton, receive a cash prize after placing first in the Templeton Business Ethics Case Competition held at Stetson University.

The winning duo — Campbell University students Sarah Page and Dylan Blackburn, standing between Troy and Sissy Templeton, receive a cash prize after placing first in the Templeton Business Ethics Case Competition held at Stetson University.

PHOTO COURTESY STETSON UNIVERSITY

The annual Templeton Business Ethics Case Competition was held at Stetson University Feb. 22-23. Undergraduate students from invited institutions across the country had the opportunity to analyze and present arguments on a contemporary business issue tied to financial, legal and ethical issues.

Teams from 16 institutions participated in the 2018 competition: Belmont University, Bethune-Cookman University, Campbell University, Clemson University, Elon University, Florida Gulf Coast University, Florida Southern College, Florida State University, Georgetown University, Iowa State University, Jacksonville University, St. Petersburg College, the U.S. Naval Academy, the University of Calgary, the University of Florida, and the University of North Dakota.

After receiving the case, teams were given two weeks to prepare and submit an executive summary and a visual presentation. 

During the event, teams made an oral presentation to a panel of judges. Bracket winners then delivered a final eight-minute oral presentation to the entire body of judges in a plenary session including all conference attendees, members of the Stetson University community and the public.

“The Templeton Business Ethics Case Competition is a wonderful example of the transfer of  learned course material to a real-world setting,” explained Jim Beasley, Ph.D., professor of management and co-director of the event. “The use of concrete, actual business dilemmas in the cases analyzed by student participants prompts a level of learning that significantly supplements students’ curricular programs in business education.”

Campbell University students placed first in the competition, with the University of Calgary taking second place, the University of Florida coming in third, and Belmont University securing fourth place. The top four teams received cash prizes and trophies.

Through the generous support of Troy and Sissy Templeton, the Stetson Business Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative within the School of Business Administration sponsors the Templeton Case Competition each spring. Russel and Elin Kunz, Stetson University, Boulevard Tire Center, SAGE Publishing and Schrimsher Properties were contributing sponsors of the event.

Representatives from top companies across Central Florida volunteered their time to serve as judges for the two-day competition, including: Bobbi Baugh, independent studio artist; Yvonne Chang, director of club management and regulatory affairs at Disney Vacation Club; Randall Croom, assistant professor of management, Stetson University; Helena Dabrowski, director of finance for Sunshine Ace Hardware; Paul Dascher, retired dean, Stetson University School of Business Administration; Theo Etzel, CEO and owner, Conditioned Air; Rick Fletcher. attorney and founding director of Grace Medical Home, Orlando; Brent Gibbs, principal counsel of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, U.S.; Elin Kunz, certified health care compliance specialist and head judge; Steve Schrimsher, partner, Schrimsher Properties; Barb Button Shepherd, CEO and publisher, The West Volusia Beacon; and Areti Vogel, visiting assistant professor of management, Stetson University. 

— Marie Dinklage

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