You are invited to participate in the fourth annual Isenberg Ethics Competition, to be held on Saturday, November 2, 2019 (schedule). This competition allows students to participate in the case competition experience.
This year, we will have three divisions: an Undergraduate Open Division, an Undergraduate Competitive Division, and a Graduate Competitive Division. Teams in the Open Division may consist of 2-4 students and are open to all UMass Amherst and Five College Students. Teams in the Competitive Divisions (both undergraduate and graduate) are only open to Isenberg students and must be of teams of two participants.
Winners of the Undergraduate Open Division will be recognized at the closing ceremony. Winners of the Undergraduate Competitive Division will become members of the Isenberg Ethics Team and will be eligible to compete for Isenberg in external competitions. For academic year 2019-2020, we will be competing in the Inter-Collegiate Business Competition (I.C.B.C.)* and in the International Business Ethics Case Competition (IBECC).** Students who participate as competitors must be available to participate in at least one, but preferably both, of the two external competitions and make a commitment to compete in one or both competitions.
Winners of the Graduate Competitive Division of this internal ethics case competition will be automatically considered to compete in the Aspen Case Competition, as well as the International Business Ethics Case Competition (IBECC).**
How to Apply
To apply for the Open Division of the competition, competitors should form teams of between two and four students (students can be from Isenberg, UMass Amherst, or the Five Colleges).
To apply for the Competitive Divisions (both undergraduate and graduate) of the competition, competitors should form a two-student team (both students should be in Isenberg, but the competition is open to any combination of majors within Isenberg.) Preference for the Undergraduate Competitive Division will be given to Juniors and Seniors within Isenberg.
For both the Open and the Competitive Divisions, teams should submit resumes for all team members, along with a statement of interest from the team, to Jennifer Merton at firstname.lastname@example.org. Once your application materials have been received, you will get a confirmation e-mail. Additionally, you will receive your ethics case problem, along with your scheduled case competition time, one week prior to the competition.
The application deadline is 5 p.m. on Monday, October 21, 2019 and the competition materials will be distributed via e-mail by 5 p.m. on Friday, October 25, 2019.
This is a great opportunity to work on your analytical and presentation skills while also having a great time! You are all encouraged to apply!
Aren't ready to compete?
If you aren’t ready to compete, but want to learn more about ethics and cheer on your classmates, then you are welcome to attend as an observer. Come for the networking breakfast and lunch, join us for the workshops, and watch teams compete with their ethics presentations! Register here to be an observer.
This Year's Keynote Speaker: Bill McQuaide, Chief Product Officer
PointClickCare Technologies Inc. helps long-term and post-acute care (LTPAC) providers gain the confidence they need to navigate the new realities of value-based healthcare. With a suite of fully integrated applications powered by an interoperable, mobile friendly, and regulatory-compliant electronic health record and revenue cycle management platform, PointClickCare helps care providers connect and collaborate within their care network. Over 17,000 skilled nursing facilities, senior living communities, and home health agencies use PointClickCare today, making it the North American healthcare IT market leader for the LTPAC industry. For more information on PointClickCare’s software solutions, please visit www.pointclickcare.com.
Bill is the Chief Product Officer for PointClickCare. As the CPO, Bill plays a vital role in both the development and long-term vision of PointClickCare’s products, overseeing the company's product strategy, product management, engineering teams and SaaS operations. Bill is highly motivated by understanding customer problems and building valued technology solutions that improve business and patient outcomes.
Before joining the company in early 2014, McQuaide worked as the Executive Vice President of Product Development for Black Duck Software Inc. and has held a number of senior leadership positions with various technology companies including RSA Security and Hewlett Packard.
McQuaide is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts where he received his BS in Health Care Management, as well as his MBA.
The Isenberg Management Association is co-sponsoring the event with the Management Department and the Isenberg School of Management.
*The Preliminary Round for I.C.B.C. runs from October 8-25, 2019. A two-student team will be given a case with supporting documents (10-20 pages of materials) and must prepare a report with their ethical analysis and recommendations (5 pages of text and 5 pages of exhibits). Once the team receives the case, then no outside help is permitted, although general questions can be answered. Preparation prior to October 9 will, therefore, be necessary. If the team is among the top five competitors in the preliminary round, then the team will advance to the Final Weekend at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada, which will be held on January 16-18, 2020. During the Final Weekend, teams are given five hours to prepare a 15-minute power point presentation with the team's recommendation, which is followed by 5 minutes of questions from the panel of judges. Keep in mind that winners from the 2019 Isenberg Ethics Competition will be competing in I.C.B.C. in Fall 2020.
**IBECC will be held somewhere around April 17-20, 2020 in Boston, Massachusetts. For this competition, the team gets to identify a business problem with an ethical component from the "real world". The team then prepares a 25-minute power point presentation outlining the business, legal, and ethical considerations raised by the problem, as well as the team's recommendation. This is followed by 10 minutes of questions by the panel of judges. In addition to the primary presentation, two members of the team must present a 10-minute presentation without power point which focuses on the ethical concerns of the business problem. Lastly, one member of the team must present a 90-second pitch about the centrality of ethics to the problem. Preparation for IBECC begins at the start of the Spring 2020 semester.