Springfield College Master of Business Administration Students Place Third at National Case-study Competition



From left to right is Rochelle Petway (IACBE), Justin Spencer-Linzie, James Hennin, Jennifer Habeeb, and Garrett Ambrosino

Members of the Springfield College Master of Business Administration (MBA) Program recently placed third in the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education’s (IACBE) fourth annual student case-study competition focused on business ethics hosted in Baltimore, Md.  The third place finish marked the very first time a College representing the Northeast has placed in the top three in this National competition. 

Springfield College business management faculty member Kathleen Zilch led the team of four students, Justin Spencer-Linzie, James Hennin, Jennifer Habeeb, and Garrett Ambrosino, to the case-study competition. The competition, which consists of four rounds, provides students an opportunity to showcase their abilities to analyze a case, to identify and discuss recommendations for ethical action, and to think on their feet. The competition requires students to work as members of a team, collect and analyze data, and effectively present case information and answer questions in a clear, concise, and professional manner.

In their case presentations, each team must identify and explain the relevant background information of the case, which may include relevant legal, financial, economic, marketing, and management issues, and present the ethical issue that is central to the case. After presenting the case information, the teams must make recommendations for action that are solidly grounded in ethical theory.

The IACBE was founded in 1997 and is nationally recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. The IACBE is the leader in mission-driven and outcomes-based programmatic accreditation in business and management education for student-centered colleges and universities throughout the world.

The IACBE’s mission is to promote and recognize excellence in business education in institutions of higher education worldwide, at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, through specialized accreditation of business programs. The IACBE has hundreds of member institutions and campuses worldwide, and has accredited more than 1,200 business and business-related programs in the United States, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Central America, and South America.

Founded in 1885, Springfield College is known worldwide for the guiding principles of its Humanics philosophy—educating students in spirit, mind and body for leadership in service to others. With its foundation of academic excellence and rich athletic heritage, Springfield College prepares students with real-world leadership skills for careers that transform lives and communities. The college offers a range of undergraduate and graduate degree programs in the fields of health sciences, human and social services, sport management and movement studies, education, business, and the arts and sciences. It also offers doctoral programs in physical education, physical therapy, and counseling psychology. The college is ranked in the 2015 edition of “Best Colleges” in the top tier of “Best Regional Universities – North Region” by U.S.News and World Report, and is designated as a premier Leadership Development Center by the YMCA of the USA. More than 5,000 traditional, nontraditional and international students study at its main campus in Springfield, Mass., and at its School of Human Services campuses across the country.