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University of Illinois

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Meeting Key Challenges in Delivering Client-Based Learning Programs within MBA Programs

Business schools are discovering the many benefits of offering client-based projects: deeper student learning and better prepared alumni, increased MBA student satisfaction and improved ties between the business school and industry. They are also discovering that providing a high-quality and sustainable client-based experience for students and sponsors is a resource intensive endeavor. Key take-aways included in this paper are:

  • Provide consistent messaging to prospective and existing sponsors, ensuring that expectations are aligned with student needs and abilities, beginning with how your program is presented to potential sponsors through the entire project delivery process
  • Structure regular check-ins with sponsors and internal stakeholders
  • Organize sponsor and project records in a central location to support future project sourcing efforts
  • Review each project cycle upon completion to determine what improvements can be made going forward
By undertaking some of the actions shared in this paper we believe that business schools can improve their client-based offerings and that it will result in the best possible experience for all stakeholders – internal and external to the School.

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