Spring 2015–Chaminade students were awarded first place in the annual IACBE ethics competition. The critical thinking, academic background, and practical skills necessary in this competition are closely tied to the students’ service-learning projects in the Business Capstone course.
According to IACBE.org, The International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE) is the leading outcomes-based professional accrediting organization for business programs in student-centered colleges and universities throughout the world. The IACBE exists to promote, develop, and recognize excellence in business education.
The IACBE annual student case-study competition focuses on business ethics and is open to students from all IACBE-member institutions worldwide. The competition is scheduled in conjunction with the IACBE Annual Conference and Assembly Meeting each year.
The IACBE is committed to “partnering with colleges and universities in preparing today’s business students for tomorrow’s workplace.” In this spirit, the case-study competition is intended to provide students with an opportunity to showcase their abilities to analyze a case, to identify and discuss recommendations for ethical action, and to “think on their feet.” The case-study competition requires their ability to (1) work as members of a team, (2) collect and analyze data, and (3) effectively present case information and answer questions in a clear, concise, and professional manner.
In their case presentations, teams are expected to explain the relevant background information of the case, which may include legal, financial, economic, marketing, and management issues relevant to the case, and to present the ethical issue identified in the case. After presenting the case, each team must make and justify recommendations for action that are solidly grounded in ethics theory.