With member Wayne Tanna
By Caitlin Basilio
For the second time, Chaminade’s School of Business and Communications team took first place in a global case-study competition, hosted recently in Baltimore by International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education.
Coaches Carolyn Kuriyama, Wayne Tanna and advisor Richard Kido took pride in their student team of Kiana Avalos, Chelan Crane, Darnell Fenderson, and Remi Kohno.
“I am extremely proud of our students for winning the IACBE Student Case Study Competition,” said Kido, also a CU associate professor. “The fact that they won is proof that our students from a small school in Hawaii can compete with anyone in the country and be successful.”
The contest focused on business ethics to allow students to think on their feet, display skill at analyzing a case and recommending ethical action, and be team players.
They chose a case with a Hawaii theme: Whether it was ethical of the state to develop the H-3 freeway through Halawa Valley while knowing desecrating ancient sacred Native Hawaiian sites.
“As you know,” Kido said, “it was a very difficult issue with many layers of complexity, but the students did a lot of research and came up with a very fair and balanced presentation.”
During the second round, they were asked to analyze a case on corporate tax inversions and propose a resolution within only four hours.
“It was a highly technical and complex issue,” Kido noted, “but the students were able to research the topic and come up with a great presentation” – and they were awarded a $1,000 scholarship, sponsored by Bloomberg Business Week.
Chaminade University business students took care of business this spring in Baltimore, placing first in an international competition on business ethics and winning a $1,000 scholarship for the school. The team includes (from left) faculty adviser Richer Kido, students Darnell Fenderson, Chelan Crane, Kiana Avalos and Remi Kohno, and faculty coach Wayne Tanna.