The Global Business Project (GBP) 2015 is a collaborative program offered by the Wisconsin School of Business, in partnership with the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Purdue University and international partners in Brazil, China and India. This three-credit, graduate-level course puts teams of five to seven MBA students together to solve real-world problems facing companies wanting to improve their global competitiveness. The program features projects in Brazil, China, and India and each team is guided by a faculty advisor and travels to its project country between (approximately) May 14-24, 2015 to finalize their research and present recommendations to the senior leadership of their client organization. In their assigned projects, MBA students apply functional, cross-cultural, foreign language, and virtual teamwork skills to produce strategic advice that is focused, compelling, and actionable. One to two students per team are required to be fluent in the local language of the country where their project is focused.
Recent projects have included:
- Developing a strategy for a pharmaceutical company as it enters a new foreign market
- Optimizing a biotech company's supply chain for a given market
- Improving operations efficiency for an agricultural company
- Advising a company on ensuring product quality in a new foreign market
- Researching Sino-U.S. trade for a multinational bank
- Improving the customer experience in China for a company that makes industrial coatings
- Analyzing the global pricing strategy of a refiner and exporter of specialty chemicals
Students are not paid for their work as part of GBP, but receive academic credit. Sponsoring clients, participating schools and students share the costs of the program. The Wisconsin School of Business provides scholarships to Wisconsin GBP participants to help offset program expenses.
The GBP application deadline for Wisconsin applicants is Monday, October 13, 2014 (online submission by 11:59 p.m.) GBP info sessions will be held Tuesday, September 23 and Wednesday, October 1, 2014 from 12:20-1:00 p.m. in the MBA Program Office conference room, 2450 Grainger Hall.
$2500 GBP Program Fee
$1500 Approximate international airfare to GBP country
$350 Approximate airfare to UNC Chapel Hill for GBP Bootcamp,
$350 Approximate cost for two hotel nights during Bootcamp
weekend (meals are included in the weekend)
Scholarships will be available through the Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER). The GBP program also offers some $1,000 language subsidies for students who are fluent in the local language of their project country.
September/early October GBP Info sessions at Wisconsin
October 13 (by 11:59 p.m.) Online application deadline for
Week of October 27th Individual interviews at Wisconsin
November 14 Students are notified of matching status
November 21 If placement is accepted, $500
deposit is due
December 17 Final GBP payment due
Week of January 12 First virtual meeting with team, faculty
January 16-18, 2015 GBP Bootcamp at UNC Chapel Hill
January-May 2015 Virtual work with team, faculty advisor
and GBP client
May 14-24, 2015 Approximate in-country dates for GBP
teams to finalize research and present
recommendations to client
After reviewing GBP information on this site, please visit the Global Business Project website hosted by UNC Chapel Hill for additional details. Contact Susan Huber Miller, Director of Global Applied Learning at the Wisconsin School of Business, for more information:firstname.lastname@example.org or 608-263-7682.
Read about the experiences of past GBP participants from Wisconsin: