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Dartmouth team wins national ethics competition

Dartmouth College Office of Public Affairs • Press Release
Posted 04/26/07
Rebecca Bailey • (603) 646-3661

A team of Dartmouth undergraduates recently took first prize in a national business ethics competition, beating teams from 33 other institutions, both undergraduate and graduate.

The National Intercollegiate Business Ethics Competition, hosted April 20-21 by the Center for Ethics and Business at Loyola Marymount University, is the centerpiece of the Center's annual "Business Ethics Fortnight" program, now in its 12th year. This is the first year a Dartmouth team has competed. The team also earned a $2,000 prize.

Each team, consisting of between three and five students, made a 20-to-30-minute presentation explaining the legal, financial and ethical dimensions of a recent real-life business matter. The Dartmouth team—Ezra D. Tzfadya '07, Tatyana Liskovich '08, Samantha A. Mandel '10, G. Emily Ghods-Esfahani '09, and Nikhil Jain '09—chose to focus on the pretexting scandal at Hewlett Packard, in which senior management invaded the private phone records of HP board members who were suspected of leaking confidential information.

What set the Dartmouth team apart was the fact that the team approached the matter from many perspectives, including those of the CEO, the board chair, the employees and stockholders, and the board member accused of leaking damaging information to the press, said Aine Donovan, executive director of the Dartmouth College Ethics Institute and the ethics team's faculty advisor.

In addition to Donovan's help, the team was assisted by graduate students from the Tuck School of Business who had worked as consultants and were especially helpful in polishing the team's presentation skills, critiquing such fine points as vocal delivery, hand gestures, and the quality of their power point, said Tzfadya.

Other institutions who sent undergraduate teams included Loyola University of Chicago, the University of Southern California, McGill University, New York University, Texas A&M University, Tuskegee University, the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, and the U.S. Naval Academy. Institutions sending graduate-student teams included Duquesne and Pepperdine universities, and the Wharton School of Business/School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania. A full list of this year's competitors can be seen online.

The competition began with preliminary rounds on April 19 and 20 from which Dartmouth and McGill emerged as undergraduate finalists, and Duquesne and Loyola Marymount were the graduate finalists. In the final rounds on April 21, each finalist team gave a 15-minute version of their presentation dealing exclusively with the ethical dimension of their case.

The Dartmouth team's participation was sponsored by the Dartmouth Ethics Institute, with the generous support of the Burt and Trixie Dorsett Fund for Ethics. Dorsett, Dartmouth class of 1953, has provided financial support for programs that enhance the ethical awareness of future business leaders.

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