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Source: Olivia Blanco,

Thursday, Feb. 17, 2011


MANHATTAN -- A team from Truman State University came up with the right plan for success, winning the Students in Free Enterprise business case ethics competition, Feb. 10-12, at Kansas State University.

Teams from five universities took part in the competition, which let students apply what they learned in class to a realistic business ethics case. Teams were given a business ethics case on the first day of the event, and they then had 36 hours to analyze and develop their case to present to a panel of judges on the competition's final day.

The Truman State team earned $2,000 for first place. The University of Nebraska-Lincoln placed second, earning $1,500. Texas State University finished third and received $1,000, while the University of Northern Colorado and Iowa State University earned honorable mention honors and $500 each.

The panel of judges included K-State faculty, K-State Students in Free Enterprise advisory board members and Chris Merriewether, a ConocoPhillips representative and K-State College of Business Administration alum.

The competition was sponsored by the ConocoPhillips Excellence in Business Ethics Initiative, which enhances business ethics and responsible business citizenship education in the K-State College of Business Administration. ConocoPhillips has made a financial commitment to support faculty and students in the development of ethics education and outreach opportunities, and to promote educational events like the business ethics case competition.