Association for Practical and Professional Ethics (APPE)
Annual Ethics Team Events
• University of Arizona Eller School
of Management Ethics Case Competition
• Southeast Regional APPE Ethics Bowl / National Finals APPE
Ethics Bowl (Cincinnati Ohio or San Antonio Texas)
• University of Pittsburgh Berg Cup Business Ethics Case Competition
More than 120 colleges and universities from across the nation compete against one another, presenting solutions to interesting ethical dilemmas drawn from business, public affairs, medical and other realms. The USNA Ethics Team takes part in a series of events each year. USNA participates in two business ethics competitions, and the Southeast Regional Ethics Bowl, one of various regional meets in November, which serve as feeders for the national competition held each year in early March during the annual meeting of the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics. The Ethics Bowl competitions are similar to panel debates, and use a set of 15 cases distributed to teams about one month before competitions.
The business ethics competitions sponsored by the University of Arizona Eller School of Management and the Berg Center of the University of Pittsburgh are not debate competition, but center on one detailed case distributed to the competing teams one or two weeks before the day of the competition. Teams are composed of two or four members, and the presentation runs for approximately 20 to 30 minutes. Presentations are followed up by a rigorous question and answer period with judges. The teams and judges "role play" as players in the corporate world. All teams in these competitions handle the same case. They are given one or two weeks to prepare their presentation, an executive summary, and an essay concentrating on the ethical aspects of the case.