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2019 Providence College Business Ethics Case Competition

This year, the Providence College Business Ethics Case Competition was held to identify the team that would represent the college at the Michael Smith Regional Ethics Case Competition in the spring. Ten teams of three to four students competed for the chance to participate in the regional competition as well as first and second place cash prizes of $1,200 and $600, respectively. The semi-final round of the fall competition was held on Wednesday, November 6 and the final round was held on Friday, November 8.

 The topic of the case examined whether the company should help pay its employees’ student loans. While this topic may look clear-cut to undergraduate students initially, various questions, such as the risk of alienating employees who would not benefit from student repayment, complicated the analysis.  Since this case was an ethics one, teams were recommended to address, in addition to the business elements, one or more of the following: Virtue Ethics, Deontology (right of individuals and the duties associated with these rights), Utilitarianism, Justice (procedural, distributive, compensatory, and retributive), and Catholic Social Teaching.

The winning teams of the 2019 PC Business Ethics Case Competition are:

First Place: Daniel Bonner ‘20, Alec DiCiaccio ‘20, Shawn Mcdermott ‘20, Nathan Perez ‘20

Second Place: Tom Arbeiter ‘21, McGrath Bissaillon ‘20, Doug DeGolyer ‘20

Congratulations to all and best wishes to our first place finalists as they advance to the Michael Smith Regional Ethics Case Competition in the spring!

The 2019 PC Business Ethics Case Competition first place finalists

2019 Michael Smith Ethics Case Competition

On April 6, the PCSB hosted the 2019 Michael Smith Regional Ethics Case Competition. In the past, the competition has been restricted to teams from Providence College. However, this year, the PCSB allowed teams from higher education institutions from across the northeast to participate. Teams from Johnson & Wales University, LaSalle University, Simmons University, and Worcester Polytechnic Institute joined PC in taking part.

For the competition, teams of three to four members analyzed a business ethics case over a two-week period before presenting a solution to a panel of judges. Teams were asked to analyze the opioid crisis from an ethical standpoint and make recommendations to the U.S. Congress on actions that might be taken to improve the situation.

Congratulations to LaSalle University, which placed first in the competition, and Johnson & Wales University, which came in second!

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2018 Michael Smith Ethics Case Competition

Left to Right: Thomas Kelly ’20, Zach Aldieri ’20, Jack Cassidy ’20, Kerry Crepeau ’20

The 2018 Michael Smith Ethics Case Competition addressed the National Football League’s response to Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE). Thirteen teams of four students competed in the semi-final round on Wednesday, January 31, in the Ryan Center. Twelve alumni and faculty judges evaluated 15-minute student presentations followed by a brief question and answer session. They selected the four teams that advanced to the final round of the competition, held on Saturday, February 3. Providence College Senior Vice President/Chief Financial Officer John Sweeney, Philosophy Professor Timothy Mahoney, and Providence College Team Physician Dr. Mark Rosenberg served as judges for the final round of the competition.

The following were the winning teams.

First-Place Team:

Kerry Crepeau ’20, Thomas Kelly ’20, Zachary Aldieri ’20, and Jack Cassidy ’20; Finance Professor Marcin Krolikowski served as Team Advisor

Second-Place Team:

Nathan Perez ’20, Alec DiCiaccio ’20, Daniel Bonner ’20, and Shawn McDermott ’20; Father Bonaventure Chapman served as Team Advisor

Left to Right: Daniel Bonner ’20, Alex DiCiaccio ’20, Fr. Bonaventure Chapman, Nathan Perez ’20, Shawn McDermott ’20

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Michael Smith Ethics Case Competition Requirements

Eligibility: 

All Providence College undergraduate students were eligible for this case competition.

Team Composition and Registration:

Teams were comprised of four members. Each team identified a captain, and the competition was limited to 20 teams that were registered on a first come, first served basis. There were 13 teams in total that competed. Teams were permitted and encouraged to select a faculty advisor, who provided feedback as they developed their case presentation. Team registration opened on Wednesday, November 1, and the deadline to register was Friday, January 12.

2017-2018 Competition Details:

The case was distributed at 9 a.m. on Friday, January 19. The semifinal round of student presentations took place from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Wednesday, January 31. The semifinal round consisted of a 15-minute PowerPoint presentation with cited information sources, followed by five minutes of questions from a panel of faculty and alumni judges. All team members were required to participate in the team presentation. Based on judge evaluations of team performance, four teams advanced to the Final Round.

Final round presentations were held on Saturday, February 3, with the similar rules as for the semifinal round, except for a longer question and answer period (a 15-minute PowerPoint presentation, followed by 10 minutes of questions from the judges). After the champion was crowned, all of the final round teams were invited to attend the Friars Basketball game against Georgetown on Tuesday, February 6.

Evaluation criteria: 

Submissions were evaluated on the creativity, practicality, and persuasiveness of the recommendations.

Prizes:

First-place team:

The first place team earned $2,000, to be shared evenly among the team of four students. If possible, the team will also represent the college in the Annual Collegiate Ethics Case Competition at the Eller College of Management, The University of Arizona, scheduled for Fall 2018.

Second-place team:

The second place team earned $1,000, to be shared evenly among the team of four students.


2017 Michael Smith Ethics Case Competition

The 2017 Michael Smith Ethics Case Competition, held at Providence College, addressed the ethical issues associated with driverless automobiles. Nineteen teams of four students competed in the semi-final round on Thursday, February 16, in the Ryan Center. Twelve judges from six academic departments, student affairs, and Fidelity Investments evaluated 15-minute student presentations and decided on the four teams that advanced to the final round of the competition, held on Saturday, February 25. Dean Sylvia Maxfield, Philosophy Professor Timothy Mahoney, and Elizabeth Jennes ’14 served as judges for the final round of the competition.

The following were the winning teams.

First-Place Team:

Michael Cruz ’19, Matthew Gould ’19, Mitchell Pitkin ’19, and Allison Post ’19

Second-Place Team:

Shawn Carlson ’18, Nicholas Coassin ’18, Allan Cuttle ’18, and Ryan Del Monaco ’18

Michael Smith Ethics Case Competition Second-Place Team

The first place team was awarded $2,000 and the second place team was awarded $1,000. All of the finalist teams attended the Men’s Basketball game vs Marquette University (a Friar Win!) after the competition finals on February 25.

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