What’s Morally Right? RIT’s Saunders Business College Hosts Ethics Contest

Students compete for prizes as they tackle business dilemmas in the workplace

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“We want to see our students become more excellent at being human, and this contest is one small way to encourage this process.”
–Michael Palanski, RIT assistant professor of marketing

What’s the right thing to do? Rochester Institute of Technology students are ready to tackle ethical dilemmas faced by many businesses today: manufacturing-worker safety, pollution and company management.

RIT’s E. Philip Saunders College of Business is hosting an Xtranormal Ethics Contest from 5 to 6 p.m. Nov. 2 at Max Lowenthal Hall, room 1225.

Seven participating student teams will have four minutes to showcase their vignette illustrations demonstrating the concepts of right and wrong. Top winners will win cash prizes.

The panelist judges from RIT are Sandra Rothenberg, associate professor and director of the Institute for Business Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility; Robert Barbato, professor of management; and Michael Palanski, assistant professor of management.

“Identifying an ethical dilemma is not as easy as it may seem,” explains Rothenberg. “Often students think an ethical dilemma is about right versus wrong. In reality, it’s more about right versus right. This contest challenges students to illustrate a complex ethical dilemma in a creative way.”

For more information, contact Sandra Rothenberg at 585-475-6032 or srothenberg@saunders.rit.edu.