The winning team of the 2015-16 Securian Ethics Essay Competition was announced at a reception for finalists on April 20 at the Carlson School.
All 12 sections of MGMT 1005: Corporate Responsibility and Ethics, taught during the 2015-16 academic year, had a group essay assignment. From each section, the best essay was nominated for consideration by the faculty member of that section, accompanied by a written rationale for that essay’s selection. Faculty members who taught MGMT 1005 during this academic year included Senior Lecturer Alan Fine, Assistant Professor Russell Funk, and Senior Lecturer Rand Park, all from the department of Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship.
The finalist essays were reviewed by a jury panel comprised of leaders from Securian Financial Group, headquartered in St Paul. Securian is one of America's largest providers of financial security for individuals and businesses in the form of insurance, retirement plans, and investments, and a long-time and generous supporter of the Carlson School.
The essay written by Bart Bryant, Kevin Hansen, Elizabeth Jaeb, Julie Wall, Thomas Whiting, and Lauren Williams was chosen by the Securian jury panel as the winner. Each individual member of the group will receive a $1,000 scholarship from a fund established by the Securian Foundation at the Carlson School.
"We are grateful to Securian for supporting such a meaningful competition for our students," said Rand Park. "Both the Carlson School and Securian place a strong value on emphasizing ethical conduct in business, and this ethics essay competition allows the students to explore a relevant ethical question as part of a rigorous academic assignment."