In the capstone seminar students will study one or two cases provided by the instructor, then draw on their knowledge of business concepts and practices, their ethical reasoning skills, and observations from their internship experiences to develop a case — an argument for a specific action in a given situation.
Ideally, these final cases will align with the ethical and social learning outcomes the student chose for their internship, occurring at the personal, organizational, or industry level and addressing sustainability, corporate social responsibility, or corporate political responsibility as appropriate.
Each case will include:
- A description of a business issue which places it in its appropriate ethical and social context
- A list of stakeholders
- A list of proposed resolutions addressing financial, legal, and ethical implications
- An evaluation of each of the proposed resolutions.
Having prepared and workshopped their cases, students will finish the semester by presenting them to their colleagues and arguing for their preferred resolution. The capstone presentations may eventually be judged by panels of faculty, alumni, and/or practitioners.
We strongly encourage our BES students to consider taking their cases to compete at the International Business Ethics Case Competition.