Part of the mission of the Erdman Center is to expose OTM students to industrial practices and prepare them for new careers. The Center facilitates opportunities to meet and exchange ideas with executives, managers and consultants, those on the forefront of industry practices. The Center also strives to create a strong network among the current and past OTM students.

Guest Speakers

Members from the Industrial Advisory Board, and other industry contacts, assist the Center by serving as guest speakers.

Corporate Visits

Corporate Visits help expose students to potential employers and expand their professional network. These visits also provide insights into modern technologies and their adoption, new ways of organizing and managing firms, and current industrial perspectives on “best-practices.”

Professional Development Workshops

The Center arranges and/or promotes workshops to help prepare OTM students for their careers. In the past, workshops in presentation skills, intercultural communication, negotiating salaries, business etiquette, networking, case interviewing, and mock interviews have been offered – some in conjunction with the MBA Office and Engineering Career Services, and often with the help of the Center’s Industrial Advisory Board.

Student Competitions

Several team-based case competitions are held each year nationally and internationally, and OTM students frequently participate in these events. In April 2006, the MBA International Business Case Competition was held in Madison, with competing student teams from four international universities and five U.S. schools. Second-year OTMer Oleg Kolosov was part of the winning team.

At the BigTen Case Competition, held this year at Ohio State University, OTM student German Cruz and his team won third prize.

Other case competitions in which business students have participated include International Graduate Logistics Case Competition, International Business Plan Competition, Consortium for Graduate Study in Management Case Competition, Copenhagen Business School Case Competition, and the New World Ventures Competition.

Applied Coursework

OTM students also get exposed to real-life strategy formulation, problem-solving, and process improvement through several courses. Some prominent ones are listed below:

  • Introduction to Quality and Productivity Improvement (OTM 770)
  • Planning for Quality in New Services and Products (OTM 861)
  • Managerial Accounting (ACCTG 710)
  • Design and Analysis of Manufacturing Systems (ISyE 641)
  • E-Business: Technologies, Strategies, and Applications (ISyE 671/OTM 671) Entrepreneurial Management (MHR 722)
  • Venture Creation (MHR 734)
  • Product Development (MKTG 765)

In these courses you work with other students from other disciplines in teams to solve problems posed by local or regional organizations. The organizations range from small to large, and are drawn from various industries (like manufacturing, healthcare, non-profit, retail, etc.).

Executive Education: Courses & Seminars
Students have the opportunity to follow short courses (one to three days) for business professionals offered by the Executive Education arm of the School of Business, the UW E-Business Institute, and the Quick Response Manufacturing Center in the College of Engineering.

Popular choices among current students include courses from Executive Education’s Six Sigma Green Belt Series, Project Management Certificate Program and the Quick Response Manufacturing Center’s Annual Conference.