Ethics in ac­tion

UPEI se­cures sec­ond place at in­ter­na­tional case com­pe­ti­tion

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - BUSINESS -

The Univer­sity of Prince Ed­ward Is­land's busi­ness case com­pe­ti­tion team has taken sec­ond place at an in­ter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tion.

The Sco­tia­bank Ethics in Ac­tions Case Com­pe­ti­tion took place at Dal­housie Univer­sity in Hal­i­fax ear­lier this month.

This year, teams from Con­cor­dia Univer­sity, Univer­sity of Water­loo, Univer­sity of Alberta, Western Univer­sity, Dal­housie Univer­sity, Saint Mary’s Univer­sity, Aca­dia Univer­sity, Univer­sity of New Brunswick and Elon Univer­sity from North Carolina par­tic­i­pated in the con­test, with first and third place go­ing to Dal­housie and Alberta re­spec­tively. UPEI placed first in 2013 and 2014.

"The drive and team work th­ese stu­dents have shown in prepa­ra­tion for this com­pe­ti­tion has been in­spir­ing,” said pro­gram co-or­di­na­tor and coach Mary Whitrow.

The Sco­tia­bank Ethics in Ac­tion Case Com­pe­ti­tion and Con­fer­ence cen­tres on equip­ping tomorrow's busi­ness lead­ers with the tools nec­es­sary to make strate­gic busi­ness de­ci­sions, while ad­her­ing to eth­i­cal prin­ci­ples.

In this two-day com­pe­ti­tion, stu­dents are chal­lenged with eth­i­cal dilem­mas that they must at­tempt to solve. Stu­dents have three hours to read and an­a­lyze a case, then strate­gize and cre­ate a so­lu­tion that they present to a panel of in­dus­try pro­fes­sion­als di­rectly af­ter.

In this tight time frame, stu­dents must work quickly and ef­fi­ciently to cre­ate clear and log­i­cal so­lu­tion that not only sat­is­fies eth­i­cal con­cerns, but strate­gic as­pects as well.

This year’s UPEI team con­sisted of re­turn­ing case com­pe­ti­tion vet­eran Erin Devine ( fourth-year BBA), Hannah Daw­son (fourth-year BBA with mar­ket­ing spe­cial­iza­tion), Kate Kins­man (third-year BBA) and John Don­ald­son ( fourth-year BBA with ac­count­ing spe­cial­iza­tion).

“Hav­ing

the

op­por­tu­nity

to once again com­pete against some of the best busi­ness schools across Canada was a great ex­pe­ri­ence," said Devine. "I'm so proud of our team's per­for­mance."

Kins­man said the prepa­ra­tion and com­pe­ti­tion helped their team be­come more aware of their spe­cific strengths and weak­nesses. “I feel as though we've learned and grown a lot as a team and in­di­vid­u­als be­cause of it.”

UPEI's busi­ness case com­pe­ti­tion team, from left, in­cludes Erin Devine, Hannah Daw­son, Kate Kins­man, John Don­ald­son and coach Mary Whitrow.

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