Finance Frank G. Zarb School of Business

Creating an Ethical Company Culture: Zarb Student Wins Case Study Competition

Finance major Alford Corriette (’19) won a case study competition at the prestigious annual Beta Gamma Sigma Global Leadership Summit for a plan instituting new human resources strategies to foster a more ethical culture in a company.

Corriette competed as part of a team that comprised students from various business schools across the country, winning top honors in the Ethical Leadership Category.

“When I won the award, I was excited because I won an award that some of the brightest business students in the world were competing for,” Corriette said. “Also, I was representing Hofstra, so winning the award was like winning for Hofstra.”

Sponsored by KPMG, the case study competition tasked students with putting their strengths, the knowledge that they gained during the summit, and their team building skills to the test. The 400 collegiate members of international business honor society Beta Gamma Sigma who attended the annual summit were divided into four scenario categories, and groups of eight to 12 students collaborated on solutions to hypothetical business challenges. Teams were given five hours to develop a creative and viable solution.

While creating an innovative business proposition was one part of the task, the students were told to focus on “process over product.” Panels of judges (composed of event speakers and BGS staff and board members) evaluated each team’s ability to solve problems, communicate effectively, and leverage individual and collective strengths.

Once Corriette and his team clinched a victory in their category, they moved on to the finals, where they presented their proposal to the full summit.

“I learned a multitude of things at the summit, such as the rise of social impact in the business world, strategies to remain ethical in the workplace, and tips to help propel my career later on in life,” Coriette said. What’s more, Corriette got to show off his talent to potential corporate recruiters. Students who attended the four-day summit in Dallas last November met representatives of well-known corporations, and heard from dynamic speakers and panelists.

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