Global Business Projects
Students solving real-world challenges for global clients
The Global Business Project (GBP) is a unique action-based learning course for students that includes:
- Students from multiple business, cultural, and university environments working with corporate executives to solve a business challenge
- Teams working virtually first in the US and then on the ground in Brazil, China or India
- Actionable recommendations, professionally presented
This one of a kind program provides benefits for Clients and students.
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For Clients, benefits include:
- High quality, fact-based recommendations from an outside perspective on a business challenge
- Access to the world's best and brightest students from multiple schools and countries for evaluation as interns and 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 Bootcamp January 16-18, 2015 in Chapel Hill, NC 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 team will either spend their in-country time March 6-15, 2015 or May 14-24, 2015 - which will be determined before the start of the project. The final presentation to the client 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.
How a Client qualifies to participate:
- Submits a corporate challenge that can benefit from a fresh perspective provided by an student consulting team that collectively has experience in the country, the industry, and the focus of the project
- Provides senior executives to work with the team to ensure success
- Contributes a USD$20,000 per project fee to offset program costs, plus covers all project-related expenses of the team and faculty advisor during the 9-10-days in-country (March 6-15 or May 14-24), and international round-trip airfare for the faculty advisor.
How a Student qualifies to participate:
- Submits a compelling application
- Pledges to do top-quality work for credit, putting in time and effort equivalent to the most demanding business school class spanning approximately 15 weeks of the academic year (depending on the in-country time period)
- Agrees to engage in all face-to-face and virtual meetings, including the Bootcamp Weekend in Chapel Hill, NC that will be held January 16-18, 2015 and 9-10 days in-country -- either March 6-15 or May 14-24, 2015.
Client Application - Client applications are now being accepted. The deadline to apply for a GBP 2015 team is October 1, 2014. For questions or concerns, please contact Program Director or Director of Global Business Outreach, .
Student Application - Student applications will open the first week of September for the following groups:
- Kenan-Flagler Undergraduate Business Program students - deadline is October 12th
- Kenan-Flagler EMBA students - deadline is October 12th
- IIM-U (International Partner School) - deadline is November 3rd
- Lingnan (International Partner School) - deadline October 26th
- UNISINOS (International Partner School) - deadline November 3rd
- Purdue (US Partner School students) deadline November 3rd
- Wisconsin (US Partner School students) - deadline midnight CST October 13th
Student applications will be accepted starting October 23rd for the following groups:
- Kenan-Flagler MBA students - deadline November 3rd
- MBA@UNC students - deadline November 3rd
For questions or concerns, please contact GBP Program Manager .