This course urges students to identify and analyse business problems and to develop sound, realistic recommendations based on data driven analysis. Students learn how to use the theoretical knowledge in business cases in which students act as consultants. To prepare students for a role as consultants skill trainings will start in the first semester. Learning to work in a multicultural team, leadership and communicating effectively will be introduced by external consultants. Also a workshop on how consultants solve business cases in a structured way will be presented by a strategy consultant to help students in the start of their project.
Students will be introduced in a specific sector by alumni of the Faculty of Business & Economics. Then students will be split up in international groups and will analyse one company in the specific sector and address a strategic challenge that the company is facing. The students are challenged to formulate concrete recommendations based on thorough applied research. The project is performed on-campus and students are in contact with alumni who are working in the sector under study.
The teams are expected to write a report that results in concrete organisational recommendations and to present this report to a jury consisting of members of the organisation and academics. Besides the team's output, students will also be asked to reflect on their individual contribution, strengths and pitfalls in their team functioning.