LMU International Business Ethics Competition Celebrates 20-Year Milestone

Loyola Marymount University’s International Business Ethics Case Competition marked its 20th anniversary April 20-23 with its largest contest to date in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Founded in 1996 by Professor Thomas White, LMU’s Conrad N. Hilton Chair in Business Ethics, the competition that began as a campus event today draws colleges and universities from around the world. This year, 27 teams of students from seven countries participated in a series of contests designed to challenge their skills at ethical analysis and problem solving.

LMU undergraduates Gretchen Dhuyvetter, Samantha Geier, Allison Leggett and Lauren Thurlow came in first in their division for a 90-second presentation on the ethics of marketing high-sugar cereals to children. The team was also named runner-up in a 10-minute divisional contest.

IBECC’s anniversary was also marked by the return of the academic/athletic biathlon. In addition to giving major presentations on their cases, teams competed in a 4-mile run/walk and solicited pledges for their performance. The biathlon raised more than $6,000 for the Hopkinton Center for the Arts, a Boston-area charity.

In addition, Professor White was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by IBECC’s sponsoring organizations (the Center for Business Ethics at Bentley University, the Center for Ethics and Business at LMU, the Ethics & Compliance Initiative and the Opus College of Business at the University of St. Thomas).

For more on the competition and teams, visit http://ibecc.net/. ?