Each interested student applies individually, and the competition organizers create the teams. Each team will be composed of four, full-time UIUC junior or senior standing or graduate students for a maximum of nine groups. Since an intended goal of this competition is to have participants work on an interdisciplinary team, we would ideally prefer to have teams made up of one student from Law, one from Engineering, and two from different areas of Business. At the same time, however, we realize that some flexibility in team organization may be necessary to best accommodate the skill sets and academic backgrounds represented by those who apply to participate in this competition.
This competition is designed to challenge students to consider how ethical and professional responsibility issues are influenced by stakeholder perspectives. Therefore, teams will prepare two or three presentations with each focusing on the interests of a specific stakeholder group (details will be provided when the case is distributed). While each of the presentations should be distinct, some foundational information will naturally be repeated in all of them.
Each presentation will be no longer than 30 minutes, including time for judges’ questions. All teams will present during the Preliminary Round and must be prepared to respond to the last case problem if they advance to the Final Round.
Judges in the Preliminary and Final Rounds will consist of industry and faculty experts who will be familiar with the issues presented in the case.
Developed in partnership with the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Gies College of Business, the Center for Professional Responsibility in Business and Society and BP, the competition case will have numerous ethical components. The proposed professional responsibility problems/dilemmas can potentially span any or all of the functional areas of business – e.g., marketing, finance and logistics. Given the complexities of the energy industry, teams will be composed of individuals from the areas of law and engineering in addition to business.