Kent State Business Students Win First Place in Ethics Case Competition

KENT, Ohio – A team of Kent State College of Business Administration students was awarded first place in Cleveland State University’s (CSU) 2020 Intercollegiate Ethics Case Competition, presented by CSU’s Accounting Department and Delta Psi Chapter of Beta Alpha Psi.


This was Kent State’s first year participating in the competition, which was sponsored by the Northeast Ohio Chapter of the Institute of Internal Auditors and held at CSU. Team members included senior accounting major Savannah Lones; senior managerial marketing and finance major Dominic Reda and graduate accounting student Malcolm Mueller. Scott Miller, a faculty member within the College’s Department of Accounting, served as the team’s coach and advisor.


“I was ecstatic to see the team’s hard work pay off at the end of a long day of competition. The students were calm and composed on stage and truly excelled at defending their positions with the judges. They deserved every accolade they received. I was thrilled to see Kent State get this recognition both within the academic and business communities,” said Miller.


A total of seven university teams represented undergraduate and graduate-level accounting, finance and information systems programs from across the state at the event. Kent State’s team defeated defending champions from Baldwin Wallace University by an 8-4 judging margin, earning $500 along with the top-prize plaque.


“The team worked very hard under Scott Miller’s coaching. I appreciate them taking the time and effort to represent Kent State University with such excellence, and I am very proud of their performance,” said Wei Li, Ph.D., Interim Department Chair for Accounting at Kent State University’s College of Business Administration.


The team members spent two months preparing their five-page essay and corresponding presentation in response to this year’s case, which showcased the ethical dilemmas that public accounting firms may encounter while attempting to balance client, investor and regulatory expectations. This allowed them to hone their collaboration, public speaking and debate skills, while also providing them with valuable experience in applied ethics, critical thinking and analysis. The competition also acted as an opportunity for professional development and networking outside the classroom.


"Preparing and participating in this competition reinforced my belief that everyone learns and contributes in different ways, and the best way to be an effective team is to embrace the unique skillsets that each individual person brings to a team,” said Reda.


Kent State College of Business Administration


Kent State University's College of Business Administration is among the fewer than 1% of business schools worldwide to obtain dual Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) accreditation in both business and accounting. The college boasts 10 undergraduate majors, 14 minors and a Professional Sales Certificate program; master's degrees in accounting, business administration (MBA and EMBA), business analytics and economics; as well as a comprehensive Ph.D. program with concentrations in accounting, finance, information systems, management and marketing.


Kent State's College of Business Administration ranks as a top business college in Ohio and the number one public university in Northeast Ohio by U.S. News and World Report and is ranked as one of the nation’s Best Business Schools by The Princeton Review. The college is committed to sustainability as an advanced Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) signatory and is recognized by the Sales Education Foundation as a top university for professional sales education.


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POSTED: Wednesday, July 8, 2020 - 2:13pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, July 22, 2020 - 11:03am