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University of Arizona Eller College of Management Hosts 18th Annual Collegiate Ethics Case Competition


On Thursday, October 22 and Friday, October 23, the Eller College of Management’s Center for Leadership Ethics presents the Collegiate Ethics Case Competition. During the event, which will be held via a virtual format this year, student teams from around the world gather to participate with the goal of bringing the education of ethics to all students and attendees. The virtual format has allowed additional opportunity for a more diverse group of students to participate in this year’s competition.

“This event continues to foster the development of young scholars and shape the next generation of ethical leadership within organizations around the world,” says Bank of America Tucson Market President Adriana Kong Romero. “Bank of America is proud to once again support the University of Arizona’s Annual Collegiate Ethics Case Competition.”

This year there are 29 teams participating in the competition, representing the U.S., Canada, Mexico and Europe. Student teams are exposed to a thought-provoking business ethics case that they could potentially face in their professional careers. The teams then collaboratively analyze, present, and respond to questions asked by a panel of judges.

Each year a new case is written to address a pressing ethical dilemma in business and society. This year, the case was written by Dr. Paul Melendez, founder of the Center for Leadership Ethics on Huawei, 5G, and the European Union. The case addresses the geopolitical tug of war between the European Union, China, and the United States concerning the deployment of 5G in the European Union amid security concerns.

Judges for this year’s competition come from a variety of companies including Fresnillo, Vanguard, Bank of America, Geico and HP. Judging criteria will be based on delivery, depth of analysis, persuasiveness, creativity, recommendations that are both ethical and practical in a business context and responses to the questions.

Participating schools include Elon University, La Salle University, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, University of Amsterdam, Stetson University, Providence College, University of Arkansas, University of Vermont, Penn State University, University of Florida, Concordia University, Iowa State University, Georgetown University, United States Naval Academy, Boston College, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, The University of Texas at Austin, Universidad Panamericana-Mexico City, Indiana University, Northern Illinois University, Brigham Young University, University of Calgary, University of Utah, Emory University, Universidad Panamericana-Aguascalientes, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Pepperdine University, University of Texas at Dallas, and the University of Idaho. For more about this competition, visit

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