Jeanie Hoang, Brian Ray and Vikram Singh pose for a photo with their third place certificates
From left: Jeanie Hoang, Dr. Brian Ray and Vikram Singh at the 17th Annual Collegiate Ethics Case Competition.

Warrington students earn 3rd place in Collegiate Ethics Case Competition

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – A team of undergraduate students from the University of Florida Warrington College of Business finished in the top three teams at the 17th Annual Collegiate Ethics Case Competition hosted by the Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona October 17-22.

Jeanie Hoang and Vikram Singh

Jeanie Hoang and Vikram Singh at the 17th Annual Collegiate Ethics Case Competition.

The Collegiate Ethics Case Competition hosts the top public and private business schools across the globe and exposes students to a thought-provoking business ethics case that they could face in their professional careers. Student teams collaborate to analyze, present and respond to questions posed by a panel of judges. The experience challenges students’ moral reasoning, provides a networking opportunity and raises students’ awareness of the importance of corporate social responsibility.

“Eller’s Collegiate Ethics Case Competition attracts some of the best university students in the nation,” said Dr. Brian Ray, Director of the Poe Business Ethics Center. “It is tremendous to see Warrington students achieve such tremendous success competing against prestigious institutions like Georgetown, Emory, Boston College, Indiana, Illinois, Penn State, Texas and the U.S. Naval Academy.”

The team members included Vikram Singh (BSBA Information Systems and Operations Management ’21), Jeanie Hoang (BSBA Marketing ’20, BA Economics ’20) and team captain Carly Ritterband (BA Economics ’20). Singh and Hoang presented on the ethics involved with Boeing’s response to its 737 Max disasters. Their third-place winning response won each of them $500.

“The situation at hand revolved around the two crashes on the Boeing 737 Max that was attributed to a Boeing system error made by a newly integrated Boeing feature, MCAS,” Hoang said. “As a result of this, global aviation authorities grounded the 737 Max. Our three-part strategy to this case was for Boeing to: demonstrate radical transparency, an extensive reform of the MCAS system and aviation standards, and spearheading an unmatched caliber of safety and innovation at Boeing.”

Hoang was proud of the team’s presentation and subsequent top placement.

“The win was significant to me, and it felt rewarding in respect to our efforts poured into the case,” she said. “The competition was comprised of fantastic competitors, so to come away with a win was a phenomenal feeling.”

Singh added, “This is the first time I ever got in the top 3 in the Business Ethics Case Competition Team so it really means a lot. It’s a great way to start the year for our team and hopefully we win even more the rest of this year!”

Dr. Ray echoed Hoang and Singh’s feelings.

“The hard work and success of these students should be a tremendous source of pride for the Gator Nation,” said Dr. Ray. “It is wonderful to see that the Poe Business Ethics Center is making a big impact in the professional development of our undergraduate students. GO GATORS…GO ETHICS!”