The Isenberg Ethics Competition allows students to participate in the case competition experience while developing slide design and public speaking skills. Student competitors will get the case a week before the competition and will be asked to prepare a presentation of between 20 and 25 minutes discussing the ethical implications raised by the case and providing recommendations to the business that are ethical, as well as being financially viable and legally compliant. The presentation will be followed by questions from the judges, along with their feedback to the competitors.
There are 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 may consist of 2-4 students. Individual entries are welcome; we will help you to find teammates if necessary.
Winners of the Undergraduate Open Division will be recognized at the closing ceremony.
Winners of the Undergraduate Competitive Division will be invited to join the Isenberg Ethics Team and will be eligible to compete for Isenberg in external competitions. The competitions we attended in 2022-2023 are indicative of the ones we plan to attend for 2023-2024. Last year we competed in the following competitions:
- Eller College of Management Collegiate Ethics Case Competition (October);
- The Ethics Bowl (December);
- The Inter-Collegiate Business Competition (I.C.B.C.)*;
- The Templeton Business Ethics Case Competition (February);
- The International Business Ethics and Sustainability Case Competition (IBESCC);
- and The International Business Ethics Case Competition (IBECC).**
Students who participate as competitors must be available to participate in at least one of the external competitions and make a commitment to compete in one or more of these competitions.
Winners of the Graduate Competitive Division of this internal ethics case competition will be automatically considered to compete in the International Business Ethics and Sustainability Case Competition (IBESCC) and the International Business Ethics Case Competition (IBECC).**