The sixth annual Professional Responsibility Strategy Competition hosted by the Center for Professional Responsibility in Business and Society, the University of Illinois College of Business, and BP was a success again this year. Thirty students on nine teams competed for two intensive weeks to find profitable solutions to professional responsibility and business challenges faced by World Petroleum, a fictitious oil company seeking to expand its business in the fictional country of Afrinia. The student participants were quite diverse—they were from nine different countries, six different colleges, and seventeen different majors–and their teams were deliberately designed to take maximum advantage of that diversity of experience, perspective, and thought
Each team presented professional and well thought out ideas as they responded to pointed questions from four to five-member judge teams. Three teams were selected to advance to the final round, and the six judges in the final round each played a stakeholder role in the scenario, which made for a lively and challenging final round. The competition was so fierce among the final three teams that the judges decided to award two second place prizes!
Congratulations to all of our participants and winners—
Team 3: Xue Jun (June) Feng, Kaone Setsiba, Trevor Wiles
Team 1: Oladimeji Famuyide, Hiam Hafizuddin, Siran Wang
Team 8: Jaclyn Kaminski, Aditya Ramesh, Zehuan (Nico) Song
There were awards given to the best speakers and best question and answer in each room during round one. Congratulations to the following award recipients—
Lore Muraina, Trevor Wiles, Oladimeji Famuyide
Runner-up: Bridget Haby
Aditya Ramesh, Yixuan (Antonia) Wang, Siran (Susan) Wang
A special thanks to all of our judges—
From BP: Tim Harms, John Bartels, Kristina Irvin, Kevin Kapala, Derk Wehner, Mark Stanke, Zack Starbird, Jane Stricker
From the University of Illinois: Mark Peecher, Carlos Torelli, John Bradford, Barry Dickerson, Morton Lane, Nicola Sharpe, Jeff Beavers, Tracy Parish, Madhu Viswanathan
Illinois Alumnus and Former Competition Participant: Catherine Galiardo of World Fuel Services
Special thanks to Dean Jeffrey Brown for his support and words of welcome just before the final round and especially to Kathryn Rybka, Lecturer of Business Administration, for her dedicated work to plan and organize the Professional Responsibility Strategy Competition.