August 21, 2002

CIBER Announces Pre-Contest Winners of Economist/Shell Writing Prize Competition

Los Angeles — The Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER) at UCLA Anderson announces the first and second place pre-contest winners of The Economist and Shell Writing Prize Competition.

Writing on the topic, "How much freedom should we trade for our security?" students from around the UCLA campus submitted papers for consideration. Their essays were reviewed and evaluated by Jack Hirshleifer, professor emeritus, UCLA Economics Department, and Richard Roll, professor of finance and holder of the Japan Alumni Chair at UCLA Anderson.

The first place winner was Shana Meyerson, a 2004 FEMBA student at UCLA Anderson. Her first place prize was $2000. Following is the synopsis of her untitled entry:

"There is a vast difference between compromising and protecting our freedoms. And while I believe we should protect our freedom at all costs, I simultaneously maintain that we can never compromise those same freedoms. Security is imperative in this often-frightening age of faceless terrorism, but it simply cannot come at the cost of our freedom, our livelihood. Rather than trading in our freedom, we just need to be more flexible and willing to relinquish some of our privacy and yes, our money, for the cause of homeland security."

Placing in second was Brian Wynne for his essay entitled, "Design and Innovation in a Changed World." His prize was $1000. Following is an excerpt from his entry:

"A great deal of debate and societal introspection has surfaced since the terrorist attacks on 9/11 and the majority of it has involved the fundamentals of the freedom we have enjoyed. How can we defend ourselves without bastardizing the very system we are trying to defend? The role of business is absolutely critical in our free societies and must play an important part now. That role is to understand that our needs have changed and that we will want safer environments and better security on the goods we buy. Similarly, the ability of the single person, the enterprising individual, to innovate—to have a great idea and understand that the opportunity exists to make it a reality—is the most important ingredient to a prosperous society and must be protected in any changes we make to our rules and regulations. Such innovation may prove to be our greatest weapon in providing the security we demand."

These winners have submitted their essays as entrants in The Economist and Shell Writing Prize Competition where they will compete for prizes totaling $65,000.

All UCLA students, both graduate and undergraduate (including graduating seniors) were eligible to compete in this competition. For more information on this competition, please contact CIBER at ciber.area@anderson.ucla.edu or (310) 206-5317.

About The Center for International Business Education and Research

UCLA Anderson's CIBER program aims to enrich the international content of the business school curriculum, providing funding to faculty and doctoral students working on projects related to the international activities of U.S.-based corporations.

Over the next year, CIBER staff and faculty will continue to deliver a variety of programs and activities, including:
Distinguished Visiting Scholars Program, which will invite scholars of international reputation to UCLA to interact and collaborate with students and faculty members
International Research Conferences, a series of conferences focused on various international issues
International Education Alliance Partners, a collaborative initiative with Anderson School faculty to establish educational alliances with select partners across the world
Resource Center for Researchers, Students and the Community, an online resource center dedicated to international business and economics and a repository for working papers and papers presented at the research conferences.

The Center will also kick off its new Advanced International Management Program (AIM), which will prepare students for international leadership roles through an integrated focus on global research, coursework and innovative programs.

UCLA Anderson is perennially ranked among the top-tier business schools in the world. Award winning faculty renowned for their research and teaching, highly selective students, successful alumni and world-class facilities combine to provide an extraordinary learning opportunity. Established in 1935, UCLA Anderson provides management education to more than 1,300 students enrolled in full-time, part-time and executive MBA programs and academic master's and Ph.D. programs.

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