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CIBER and CCE Collaborate to Offer Global Consulting Practicum in International Business
March 15, 2011
Fuqua's Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER) and Fuqua's Center for Consulting Excellence (CCE) have collaborated to offer a Global Consulting Practicum in International Business (GCP-IB). Modeled after the successful Global Consulting Practicum in Social Entrepreneurship piloted by Fuqua's Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship (CASE) in 2007, the GCP-IB offers client organizations high-quality business consulting from teams of talented, young Daytime MBA students, while the student teams gain hands-on experience in global consulting.
Each of the projects in which the student teams are engaged includes an international component, whether the company is a domestic client seeking solutions and recommendations in the international market or a non-domestic client requesting assistance with in-home country work. Under the leadership of instructors Lauren Whitehurst, Arie Lewin and Wagner Kamakura, student teams have worked closely with faculty, staff and corporate consultants to receive coaching, subject matter expertise, and advice on managing client relationships as their projects have progressed.
The 45 students enrolled in the course have been interacting with their clients at Monsanto, Gillette, Koleston, Nomacorc, Noel Group, Freudenberg IT, and Quintiles throughout the first spring term to establish a working client relationship, gather and analyze data, plan work, and craft recommendations. For the past two weeks during Fuqua's spring break, the students have made in-country visits to work more closely with their companies, gathering information and engaging in field work. To prepare for their trips to Brazil, Germany, China, and France, the students met with CIBER's InterCultural Edge expert Mark Brown to gain a deeper understanding of the cultural profiles and communication styles prevalent in the countries they are visiting. Many also took advantage of foreign language tutoring services before their trip.
When the students return to campus, they will spend Spring Term 2 using the field data that they have gathered to revise their hypotheses, refine their recommendations and draft their final reports. The goal is for students to leave this course with improved skills in consulting, problem scoping, project planning, analysis, strategy formulation, and client relationship management. With so much emphasis in today's job market on experience, students hope to gain insight into working in an international environment and an enhanced understanding of how global issues impact companies in today's world.