Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative
Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative 2018-10-18T11:23:17+00:00

A partnership to strengthen principle-based ethics education and foster a high standard of ethics in young people.

The primary objective of the Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative is active engagement of students that builds a solid principle-based ethical framework central to decision-making in a complex business environment.

The Ethics Initiative works to integrate ethics instruction throughout the curriculum that includes real-world practical applications, provides exposure to business practitioners, and maintains relevance to the ever-changing business environment. This initiative is funded by The Daniels Fund and is guided by Bill Daniels’ personal values of business ethics and fairness; Bill Daniels, a pioneer in cable television who owned the ABA’s Utah Stars, established the Daniels Fund to operate the Daniels Fund Scholarship Program and the Daniels Fund Grants Program in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming. Please visit the Daniels Fund website for more information on the Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative and Bill Daniels.

About the 2019 Undergraduate Ethics Case Competition

The Undergraduate Case Competition is a great opportunity for students to participate in a thought-provoking business ethics case that they could face in their professional careers. Teams of 4-6 students will compete first at the University level and then a winning team will be selected to represent the University of Utah in Denver.

How does it work?

Before the competition starts, the team receives the ethical-dilemma case. The team acts as hired consultants for a firm, and members have to incorporate the Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative Principles of integrity, trust, accountability, transparency, fairness, respect, rule of law, and viability in their analysis.

Teammates must present their recommendations to a panel of judges. The team is then given a twist to the case, and teammates have four hours to reassess their original recommendations and make a second presentation to the judges.

Cases are meant to present ethical issues that students may one day encounter in their careers. The competition is designed to provide students with the tools necessary to make ethics-based decisions, challenge students’ ethical reasoning and raise awareness of the importance of principle-based ethics.

Applications are due Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019 at 5 p.m. Apply here.

David Eccles School of Business

The David Eccles School of Business has a long history of commitment to the teaching and research of ethics in a variety of ways. At the University of Utah, developing a sense of individual responsibility is foundational. We prepare students to dream not only about the type of job they want, but about what kind of person they want to be.

To supplement learning and our career counseling, we share with students self-reflections of top business leaders, talking in a very genuine way about the principles and values developed over the course of their lifetimes, and sharing the insights that have guided their success. This builds on the lessons taught through business ethics courses for all students, as well as the Foundations of Business Thought course, which introduces students to the cultural, historical, and philosophical basis of business through the examination of classic texts in the humanities.

These concentrated efforts facilitate the opportunities to observe and experience business ethics in practice. The curriculum, internship, ethics case competitions, field study, business ethics lectures by the leaders, and the field experiences at the University of Utah teaches students to identify and prepare themselves to manage ethical dilemmas when they arise.

Students will learn

  • Critical Analysis
    An understanding of the economic and social implications of doing business globally, mastery of the functional areas of business, including e-business savvy, combined with an appreciation of the wisdom gained by studying a broad range of academic disciplines and by interacting with a diverse student body and faculty.
  • Effective Communication
    An ability to write and speak clearly and to work within group settings in order to effectively accomplish personal and professional goals.
  • Professional Integrity
    Guidance on the importance of values and ethics in business, which, in turn, helps students develop their own sense of professional integrity.
  • Entrepreneurial Spirit
    The right mix of traditional classroom experience and new venture idealism applied to small and large corporate settings.

Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative Team

Dean Taylor Randall
Dean Taylor RandallDean & George S. Eccles Faculty Fellow, School of Accounting Professor
Dr. Abe Bakhsheshy
Dr. Abe BakhsheshyDirector and Professor, Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative, David Eccles School of Business; Professor/ Lecturer of Organizational Behavior
Dr. Bill Hesterly
Dr. Bill HesterlyAssociate Dean, Faculty & Research; Zeke & Katherine Dumke Chair
Candace Horne
Candace HorneDaniels Fund Ethics Initiative Administrative Manager

Consortium Members

Our consortium leverages the achievement of our individual business schools to strengthen ethics education in the West.