A business project urges the student to analyse a real business problem within an organisation for at least four weeks. The student translates the business problem into a clear research question that he or she describes within the existing literature. Data collection through among others surveys, interviews or existing databases, data analysis, analysis of information systems, etc. enable the student to make a concise summary of the project and to formulate practical and realistic recommendations based on various assumptions. Finally, the student finishes the project with a critical reflection on the own learning process.
From academic year 2020-2021, students can also choose for a new form of a business project, more specifically the research internship. Within a research internship, the student carries out a research project or participates in ongoing research projects at the Faculty of Business and Economics. A research internship introduces you to academically relevant research and is therefore the perfect preparation for a PhD.
In this way, students are introduced to the world beyond the classroom in an interactive way and they learn to apply the theoretical knowledge in practice. During the business project, the student will be supervised by a responsible within the organization, the company supervisor, and a supervisor from the faculty, the faculty supervisor. Once during the course of the project, the student will attend a coaching session organised by the coordinator. During this coaching session, the evolution with regard to the predefined learning objectives is discussed. The student has room to talk about the challenges faced during the project and to ask for advice on how to act in certain situations.
The business project results in a final written report that must be orally defended by the student before the end of the academic year.