As we are starting with a brand new academic year, our new master students had the opportunity to participate in the yearly Introduction case competition. Each year a new ethics-related topic is discussed and interesting conclusions are reached, with this year's case being the B Corps certificate: a status awarded two companies with innovative and significant consideration for social and environmental welfare.
B Corporations are companies that commit to meeting rigorous standards related to social and environmental performance, accountability and transparency. This is a growing community of companies (more than 1,000 around the world) that work together towards one common goal: to redefine success in business.
Master students with different nationalities and backgrounds grouped together and worked together as a team over seven hours. This year, our students presented us a closer look at B Corporations by delivering a critical analysis that not only surprised but impressed our judges with the high quality achieved in such a short period!
Through this case competition we aim to inspire students to think critically, analyse, discuss and cooperate as a team. This year, 25 groups got inspired and took the opportunity to meet each other and experience the challenge and excitement of working in a cross- cultural environment.
Three of these papers were chosen as best and one was proclaimed the winner. We would like to congratulate Priyadarshini Lingappa Jayaram, H. Giang Nguyen, Kim A. Myrvang, Ihna Stallemo and Julie Berg for the best Intro case paper this year. We hope you enjoy your Akademika vouchers, says Øyvind Kvalnes, a member of the judging panel.
The winning group produced an excellent paper, where they managed to be both critical and constructive to the B Corporation initiative. They used research and empirical data in an exemplary manner and we expect them to be active and engaged in the Applied Business Ethics course later in the term.
Thank you all for participating and best wishes for the start of your studies!
The Members of the Jury,
Øyvind Kvalnes (Associate Professor, Applied Business Ethics course responsible) and Ann Kristin H. Calisch (Director Master of Science Department)