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Managing the Consulting Experience

Managing the Consulting Experience is a 3-credit elective course, which offers MBA students the unique opportunity to gain first-hand management experience as a project leader of an undergraduate consulting team.

MBA students who have completed approximately 30 credits are eligible to participate in this course. The class will combine the MBA student’s academic learning with the management of a consulting team comprised of 4-6 undergraduate students. Project Leaders are responsible for the overall management of the consulting project, and they serve as the primary liaison between the student consultants and the “real-world” client. Ultimately, the Project Leaders are responsible for grading the undergraduate students.

The two-hour class meets once a week and provides instruction on management theory, tools, and skills including:

  • Team Building
  • Group Dynamics
  • Conflict Management
  • Project Management
  • Performance Reviews
  • Consulting Skills
  • Organizational and Team Politics
  • Coaching

Project leaders meet an additional two hours per week with their student teams. View the video below for testimonials from previous project leaders.

Project Leadership: Managing the Consulting Experience

The importance of coaching and its effect on turning around problem performance or enhancing desirable performance was another learning point for me. Asking questions of my team members to help them explore positive and negative behaviors led to better outcomes than simply telling them what I saw and that they needed to improve.”

– Former MBA Project Advisor