UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School

Shaping Leaders, Driving Results

UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School

What We Do

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For Clients, benefits include:

  • High quality, actionable recommendations from an outside perspective on a business challenge
  • Access to the world's best and brightest students from multiple Kenan-Flagler programs and international partner schools fpr evaluation as interns, full-time employees, and as ambassadors back to partner schools

For Students, benefits include:

  • International business experience to complement their existing work and academic experience
  • Access to companies that recruit undergraduates and MBAs
  • Opportunity to work with fellow students from different backgrounds, different countries and different schools in a virtual and face-to-face team setting
  • Exposure to consulting skills and frameworks

The course/projects begin with a GBP launch in Chapel Hill, NC in January for all students and faculty. Teams do virtual meetings and independent pre-Kick Off work until mid-February, then step up their virtual team work through May. The final presentation will be presented in-country to the client and will be determined on team-by-team basis with all being completed by the 29th of May.

Teams are constructed through a competitive application process with members drawn from any of the partner schools.

To read more about a past participant in GBP, please click here to read Justin Reyes' internship blog, in which he discusses using skills that he acquired as part of GBP.

Timeline | Sample Projects | Frequently Asked Questions


Timeline

 

October 1, 2014 Client, EMBA and BSBA applications due

November 3, 2014 MBA & MBA@UNC student applications due

November 24, 2014 Selection and Notification of Teams and Clients/Projects

January 16-18, 2015 Bootcamp Weekend in Chapel Hill, NC (students and faculty)

February 9 - May 2015 Virtual project work (team, with guidance from faculty and regular contact with client)

March 6-15 OR May 14-24, 2015 Destination Country (students)

by May 29th Final presentation by the team to the client

- See more at: http://www.kenan-flagler.unc.edu/leadership/global-business-projects/what-we-do#sthash.Lr0VG1At.dpuf

October 1, 2014

 

Client, EMBA and BSBA applications due
November 3, 2014

MBA & MBA@UNC student applications due

 

November 24, 2014

Selection and Notification of Teams and Clients/Projects

 

January 16-18, 2015

Bootcamp Weekend in Chapel Hill, NC (students and faculty)

 

February 9 - May 2015

 

Virtual project work (team, with guidance from faculty and regular contact with client)

March 6-15 OR May 14-24, 2015

 

Destination Country (students)

 

by May 29th

 

Final presentation by the team to the client

 

- See more at: http://www.kenan-flagler.unc.edu/leadership/global-business-projects/what-we-do#sthash.Lr0VG1At.dpuf

 August 1 - October 20, 2015  Client Application Period
 October 2 - October 16, 2015  KFBS Undergrad Application Period
 October 22 - November 2, 2015  KFBS Graduate Application Period
 Mid-November 2015  Selection and notification of teams and clients/projects
 January 29-31, 2016  Launch Weekend in Chapel Hill, NC
 February - May 2016  Virtual project work (team, with guidance from faculty and contact with client)
 May 2016  Hub City Weekend
 By May 29, 2016  Final presentation by the team to the client

Launch Weekend Agenda (to be posted soon)

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Sample Projects from 2014 and 2015

Frequently Asked Questions

Students

When is the course held, and how much credit does it earn?
The GBP is held from mid-January to the end of May, with the bulk of the work conducted from February to the end of May. The course earns academic credit for a full-semester course at the school where the student is earning his/her degree. The exact number of credit varies by school and should be verified with the representative at your school.

What are the destination countries for the 2016 course?
Brazil, China, and India.

Do I need to be able to speak the language of the GBP country(ies) to which I apply?
No - the goal is to have 2 team members on each team who have lived and worked in the country where the project is based, or at least are very familiar with the language and/or culture of that country.  But, if you bring something else to the team, e.g. industry or functional area expertise, you will not need to speak the language or be familiar with the country.

Can I choose the destination country I want to work in?
Yes, you can state a preference in your application.

My home country is one of the destination countries, can I indicate on my application that I would prefer an assignment in my country?
Yes, we actually look to place at least two (2) native speakers on each team so we encourage applicants to apply for projects in their home country..

Can I choose the individual project I want to work on?
No, but when you apply, you should mention the type of project you think you would be best suited for and to highlight functional skills or industry experience you are hoping to gain through the project.

When will I know what project I'm assigned to?
In late November, you will get a notification letting you know if you've been selected for a project and where.

When is the application deadline?
The online student application deadline will be determined for Kenan-Flagler students and students from international partner schools.

What financial obligations are there to participate in GBP?
A student program fee is USD $2,500 plus travel expenses including those to the Launch Weekend and destination country.  When you accept your assignment, a USD $500 non-refundable deposit is due. The final balance will be due mid-December.    

Clients

What is the staff commitment expected from my company?
Companies commit at least 2 senior managers (one during the Launch Weekend if company has US presence as well as target country presence) to work with team. At least one company representative will be required to attend and work with team for the duration of the project (mid-February thru the end of May). During the project, company representatives can expect to interact virtually at least 3 hours per week with the team during the virtual phase and 8-10 hours per week when the team is on-site.

What does it cost financially for my company to participate in the GBP?
A USD$20,000 per project program fee, plus in-country travel, accommodations, meals (or daily per diem to cover meals) and meeting space with internet for the team.  The team faculty advisor will also be expected to accompany the team and will receive accommodations and meals as well as their international travel-related expenses (airfare, visas, etc.).

What if my company does not have an office in the country we are asking the team to travel or do not have the resources to make in-country arrangements for the team - can the GBP Program Office handle those for us?
Yes.  For an additional 10% fee of the total in-country expenses, you can have the GBP Program Office arrange the in-country accommodations and provide your team with a travel advance.

What is the average amount of in-country expenses for a GBP team?
On average, a team of 5-6 members plus their faculty advisor should run around USD $17,000 - $22,000 in South American countries and a little less in other regions (not including faculty advisor airfare).  Companies can save money by utilizing their corporate rates for accommodations and transportation.

What if my company has a project that is not in one of the countries listed?
Please contact Paul Friga (pnf@unc.edu) or Debbie Williams (drw@kenan-flagler.unc.edu) in the GBP Program Office and they will be able to assist you.

When would our company receive the final project report?
Your team will do a final presentation by the end of May and at that time will present final project findings and recommendations to company representatives (no later than May 29th).

What is the application deadline?
Company application deadline is October 20. We encourage you to apply as early as possible that way we can be in search for students with the background that your project requires. Please see the How to Apply page for the online application. 

When will I know if my project has been accepted and matched to a student team?
Matching of projects and teams will take place in early-November and you will be notified of results by late November. If the GBP Selection Committee has been able to assign a team to you, you will be asked to commit, in writing, to the terms to which you tentatively agreed when you submitted your application.

Is it protocol to have the team sign a Confidentiality / Non-disclosure Agreement?
Yes. Each member of your team as well as staff members in the GBP Program Office will sign an NDA for each project team. NDA Template

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