CAMDEN — Armed with the knowledge they gained on finances and ethics through undergraduate coursework, a pair of students in the Rutgers School of Business–Camden showcased their business savvy during the Collegiate Ethics Case Competition at the University of Arizona’s Eller College of Management in October.
Bryan Barkow and Kevin Hansen, both Cherry Hill residents and graduates of Cherry Hill High School East, competed against students from 32 other universities and colleges from the United States and Canada during the 10th annual event.
“The competition expanded my business education by letting me implement what I have learned in the classroom and helped me understand how business connects to the world as a whole,” says Hansen, a junior finance major at Rutgers–Camden.
During the competition, the students presented the ethical pros and cons of a type of natural gas extraction called fracking in Maryland on a portion of the Marcellus Shale rock formation.
“It really gave us the opportunity to hone our presentation skills,” says Barkow, a junior majoring in management. “In today’s business world, many employers require their employees to have strong presentation skills. We had to examine the ethical, legal, and financial implications of fracking and now I have the utmost confidence that I can deliver a presentation on any stage thanks to my competition experience.”
The competition aimed to expose students to a thought provoking business ethics case that they could face in their professional careers while raising awareness of the importance of corporate social responsibility.
Student teams collaboratively analyzed, presented, and responded to questions posed by a panel of judges. The Rutgers–Camden team did not place among the competition winners, but said the experience they gained was invaluable.
“An added benefit is the introduction to a network of top students from great universities across the country,” says Gayle Porter, a professor of management at the Rutgers School of Business–Camden. “These connections to other students are an important start to expanding our students’ professional network.”
Porter coached Rutgers–Camden students who participated in the competition 2006, 2007, and 2011. This year, Kathryn McCaffrey, a part-time lecturer for the Rutgers School of Business–Camden, coached the team.
Barkow and Hansen are enrolled in the Business Leader Development Program at Rutgers School of Business–Camden, instructed by McCaffrey. The program is made up of seminars, business courses, and volunteer leadership activities allowing students to graduate with honors.
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