The Center for Ethical Business Cultures (CEBC), the University of St. Thomas Opus College of Business and UnitedHealth Group hosted the inaugural Ethics Case Competition on Feb. 28. Four teams from the Full-time UST MBA program competed and were evaluated on their ability to analyze a complex business case, uncover the ethical issues associated with the case and develop solutions.
The winning team members are: Rob Bennett, Kate Grudkovska and Matt Wach. In addition, judges selected two additional students, Erin Liddy and Brian Slattery, to join the winning team and represent the University of St. Thomas at the Intercollegiate Business Ethics Case Competition, which will be hosted by Loyola Marymount University (LMU) and the Ethics and Compliance Officer Association later this spring in Los Angeles.
This collaboration between CEBC, the university and UnitedHealth Group provided judges with the opportunity to learn more about the UST MBA program and connect with its outstanding students. For students, the competition provided an opportunity to engage and learn from Twin Cities business executives and faculty ethics experts.
The judges were: Kathleen Erickson DiGiorno, vice president and business conduct officer at Medtronic; Kathleen Edmond, ethics officer at Best Buy; Dr. Ken Goodpaster, Koch Endowed Chair in Business Ethics at the University of St. Thomas; Jeanne Hickey, vice president of ethics and integrity at UnitedHealth Group; Ron James, president and CEO of the Center for Ethical Business Cultures; Eric Olsen, vice president and general counsel at Great River Energy; and Jack Radke, chief ethics officer at UnitedHealth Group.