November 20, 2015

Weatherhead MBA Team at Baylor University's National Ethics Case Competition

Eeshan Srivastava is a candidate in the full-time MBA program.

Last week, a team of four MBA students including Juhi Dubey (second-year student), Chetan Phani (first year), Rohit Singh (second year) and myself headed down south to Waco, Texas, to represent Weatherhead in a national-level case competition on ethical leadership. The competition was organized by the Hankamer School of Business at Baylor University and featured 12 teams from across the country. The objectives of the competition were for each team to: (1) analyze a case on a global business corporation allegedly involved in unethical practices in order to gain profit, (2) support or refute those allegations and (3) provide recommendations to the corporation on addressing those concerns and realigning their business strategy with ethical leadership.

Teams prepared for one full day and then competed the next day through a 30-minute presentation to judges from academia and industry. Only three teams competed in the finals. Unfortunately, we were not one of those teams but we gained a lot of learning and experience through the process itself and also by watching the final teams compete against each other. Baylor University won the competition with a very professional demonstration of their knowledge of ethical leadership frameworks, creating an engaging presentation and a fantastically coordinated delivery of the entire analysis.

Besides the competition, we had the opportunity to attend a speaker series on ethical leadership, where they invited former CEO of Walmart Bill Simon to speak on the role of big corporations in promoting ethical leadership through example. We were able to also network with MBA students from top colleges and experience Baylor University’s newly built Paul L. Foster Campus for Business and Innovation. We had only a little time to explore Waco, as we visited the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum and grabbed a few souvenirs. We also had the privilege to experience southern style food, their iced tea tradition and my favoriteDr. Pepper float!

As students of the Weatherhead School of Management, we have the opportunity to compete in national level competitions such as this and gain myriad of experiences. I would encourage current first-year MBA students to compete again in this competition next year and promote what Weatherhead students stand foragents of positive organizational change.

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