Stetson University students won first- and second-place prizes at the International Business Ethics Case Competition (IBECC) held in April in Boston. The undergraduate field of competitors across all brackets included 30 institutions from the U.S., Spain, Turkey, the United Kingdom, Kuwait, China and Australia.
The Stetson team consisted of Megan Christopher, Alex Overdijking, Nathaniel Diamond and Regis Steighner, and was coached by professors Jim Beasley, Ph.D., John Tichenor, Ph.D., and Areti Vogel, Ph.D. They competed against undergraduate teams in the three categories of the competition.
“The IBECC judges were very impressed with the polished presentation and argumentation skills displayed by all four students on our team,” said Beasley, a professor of management in the School of Business Administration who accompanied the team to Massachusetts.
The Stetson team won second place in the full presentation (30 minutes) in a division including Holy Cross, Montgomery College, UMass-Lowell, Loyola Marymount University and Istanbul Commerce University.
Two team members — Christopher, a Class of 2018 finance major from Kirtland, Ohio, and Overdijking, a Class of ’18 accounting and business analytics major from Fort Myers — won first place in the 10-minute presentation in a division that included Mount Holyoke College, Marist College, the University of Miami, the University of Navarra and Istanbul Commerce University.
Teams invited to the IBECC competition select their own cases for presentation at the event. Student teams were asked to assume the identity of consultants who are offering advice to a company considering how to deal with an ethical dilemma facing the firm. They were required to deliver a 30-minute presentation, a 10-minute presentation, and a 90-second presentation on the financial, legal and ethical implications of the decision facing the company board of directors.
“The outstanding performance of Megan, Alex, Nathaniel and Regis on this national stage is both illustrative of the capability of our students and supportive of the core values of Stetson University,” Beasley said. “We hope to give increasingly more students the opportunity to gain this kind of practical educational experience.”