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November 19, 2020

Phillips 66 Business Ethics Case Competition awards over $7,000 to students

Submitted by Sabine Turnley

The College of Business Administration recently awarded $7,100 in scholarship money to 22 students who competed in the finals of the 2020 Phillips 66 Business Ethics Case Competition.

A total of 281 students representing 76 teams entered the competition, which was hosted by the college's Ethics and Responsible Business Citizenship Initiative and the Business Ethics Education Initiative.

Students were challenged to examine a real-world case and were responsible for analyzing the situation by applying appropriate ethical and strategic management principles. In addition, the teams had to develop and justify a viable set of practical recommendations. After a contingent of faculty members in the management department evaluated the initial written analyses, six teams were selected to compete in the final round where they presented their analysis and recommendations to a panel of judges. The final presentations were made virtually this year due to COVID-19 precautions.

"This competition provides a unique opportunity for our students to improve their analytical, decision-making and presentation skills," said Bill Turnley, Sam and Karen Forrer chair of business ethics and head of the management department. "We had a strong set of finalists this year. The presentations were very thoughtful, with recommendations that were well justified and that appropriately balanced strategic and ethical concerns. We appreciate the support from Phillips 66 that makes this competition possible."

After the final presentations were evaluated, two teams ended up tied for first place. One of the teams that tied for first place was Bright Ideas Consulting, which included Catherine Brown, senior in accounting; Kensley Fleischer, senior in marketing; Kennady King, junior in entrepreneurship; and Britney Smith, senior in accounting. The other team that tied for first place was Core Pride Consulting, which included Janie Failor, senior in management; Rachel Forge, senior in management; Anna Kline, senior in management; and Daithin Wycoff, senior in marketing. Each member of the two winning teams will receive $500 for a total of $2,000 per team.

Taking home third place and $300 each was 3 Accounting Majors Walk into a Bar. This team was made up of Jared Haas, Kyle Reichart and Jesse Tracy, all seniors in accounting.

Members of the other three teams who made the finals receive an honorable mention award of $200 per student. Teams and members receiving the honorable mention designation include:

• Case Crushers — Alexsis Garles, senior in entrepreneurship; Chandreah Hime, senior in management; Madison Isham, senior in finance; and Katie Macdonald, senior in management.

• Senior Consultants — Jenna Hennerberg, senior in accounting; Sean McGimpsey, senior in marketing; and Kyler McMullin, senior in management.

• Benchwarmers —Thomas Fulner, senior in sales; Muhammad Khan, senior in management; Reis Mulvaney, junior in management; and Matt Waynick, senior in finance.

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