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Tippie MBA Team Wins First Place in Ethics Competition

A team of MBA students from The University of Iowa's Tippie College of Business won first place in Baylor University's Fourth Annual MBA National Case Competition in Ethical Leadership Nov. 10-12. Ten universities participated with The University of Washington in second and Pepperdine University in third place.

The competition, which is part of the Dale P. Jones Business Ethics Forum, gives MBA students an opportunity to confront and discuss real-world ethical issues beyond the classroom.

Each team consists of four students. The Tippie College's team included Yakubu Agbese, Salima Rattansui, Lu Gao, and Justin Lawrence. Tippie staff member Nadia Dwight served as their advisor for the trip.

Students from MBA programs at Auburn University, Baylor University, Pepperdine University, Texas A&M University, the University of Florida, the University of Illinois, the University of Iowa, the University of Minnesota, the University of Texas and the University of Washington participated in the competition.

The ten teams, each consisting of four students, were divided into leagues of multiple teams and then received their cases on Wednesday. After preparation, each team presented their solutions before a panel of judges. The first place team from each league then advanced to the finals.

Over $8,000 in prizes were awarded to the winners. The first place team received $5,000, second place received $1,200 and third place received $900. The best presenter from each league received $250 and the best Q/A person from each league received $100.

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