The Providence College School of Business’ Ethics in Business Education Program, directed by Dr. Patrick Kelly, recently hosted the 2017 Michael Smith Ethics Case Competition, providing undergraduate students the opportunity to assess the critical business ethics issues surrounding driverless cars.
Over 75 students competed in the semi-final round of competition held on Thursday, February 16 in the Ryan Center. Nineteen teams of four students were tasked with delivering a 15-minute presentation and responding to a panel of judges from six academic departments, student affairs, and Fidelity Investments during a 5-minute question and answer session. From these teams, four were selected by the judges to compete in the final round of competition on Saturday, February 25.
The final round of competition required the finalists to deliver their same 15-minute presentation but extended the Q&A session to 10 minutes. Dean Sylvia Maxfield, Philosophy Professor Timothy Mahoney, and Elizabeth Jennes ’14 served as final round judges, evaluating teams on the creativity, practicality, and persuasiveness of their recommendations.
Michael Cruz ’19, Matthew Gould ’19, Mitchell Pitkin ’19, and Allison Post ’19 received first place, earning a $2,000 prize to be shared evenly among the four students. Shawn Carlson ’18, Nicholas Coassin ’18, Allan Cuttle ’18, and Ryan Del Monaco ’18 were awarded second place, receiving a $1,000 prize also to be shared among the team. If possible, the first-place team will represent the PCSB at the October 2017 Annual Collegiate Ethics Case Competition at the Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona. All finalist teams were also invited to attend the Men’s Basketball game versus Marquette University following the competition on February 25.