From left to right, the first place team included Chaminade graduate student Justin Tuiasosopo and Chaminade seniors Rachael Rickard, Ayessa Ardiente, and Tami Konishi, with Chaminade business professor and team advisor Wayne Tanna and IACBE president, Dennis Gash.

Chaminade University Business students took first-place honors in Orlando, Florida recently at the Annual Conference and Assembly Meeting of the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE) after a rigorous selection process before its judging members, in this IACBE’s second annual student case-study competition focusing on business ethics. Both graduate and undergraduate business students were eligible to compete.

The Chaminade contingent was comprised of two teams of accounting majors. The first place team included graduate student Justin Tuiasosopo and seniors Ayessa Ardiente, Rachael Rickard, and Tami Konishi. Also competing was a team which included senior Querida Dydasco, and juniors Bernardo Equila, Caitlyn Miyamoto, and Rhys Murphy. Chaminade Business professors, Richard Kido and Wayne Tanna, coached the Chaminade contingent, and Communication professor Carolyn Kuriyama also advised. Chaminade’s business curriculum emphasizes ethics, so this year’s competition topic, business ethics, was a good fit for the Chaminade teams.

“We liked the topic for this year’s competition. We had the opportunity to take what we’ve learned and actually apply it to a scenario. One of the issues was regarding cultural preservation versus business progress,” said Ardiente. “We had to create an entire case study relating to ethics and ethics theories in order to present the best possible recommendation when facing an ethical situation.”

The students and advisors spent long hours preparing. Professor  Kido said, “I’m very proud of our students! They worked really hard on this project and they deserved to win. We were also very proud of the way our students carried themselves both in the competition and throughout their entire stay in Orlando. They were extremely professional yet were considered to be the friendliest group.”

The case-study competition provided students with an opportunity to showcase their ability to analyze a case, and to identify and discuss recommendations for action in an ethical and thoughtful manner. The competition requires students to work as teams, collect, analyze, and use data, and present information and answer questions in a clear, concise, and professional manner. In their case presentations, each team must identify and explain the legal, financial, economic, marketing, and management issues relevant to the situation and present the ethical issue that they have chosen to address. After presenting the case information, the teams must make recommendations for action that are solidly grounded in ethical theory.

The International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE) was founded in 1997 and is nationally-recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). 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. Its 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. IACBE has hundreds of member institutions and campuses and well over 900 accredited programs in the United States, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Central America, and South America. The IACBE’s World Headquarters are located in Lenexa, Kansas, USA, with a representative office in Paris, France. For more information, please visit the IACBE’s website at

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