Office of Global Business
Global Applied Projects (GAP)

GAP is designed as an experiential learning program that prepares students for global business through an immersive, hands-on business consulting experience typically in a location outside of the USA.  Current plans for Spring Semester 2022 include a Spring second-session online course that prepares students to comprehensively complete a GAP project effectively through a virtual format.

Students work as teams to apply, integrate, and focus skills that address an organization's global business challenge or opportunity. Competencies developed include: gaining project management, industry and cultural expertise in a virtual format; practicing leadership, global communication, and teamwork skills using technology that aligns with the company host; honing data collection and analytic skills; synthesizing information to draw relevant conclusions and make actionable recommendations; and crafting compelling presentations.

OVERVIEW

  • Program Snapshot

     

    Global Applied Projects (GAP) is a program that enables students to lead, plan, and execute global consulting engagements across multiple functional areas for a wide variety of corporations, not-for-profits, and governments in locations outside of the USA.

    GAP engagements are actual consulting projects, sourced by Fisher College of Business for real clients who expect the same quality of deliverables, adherence to deadlines, positive teamwork and intense work hours they would receive from a top consulting firm.

    A GAP engagement begins in the fall semester when the company host and Fisher College of Business define the business problem and formulate a high-level scope of work. Students apply to be considered in September and October.  In late January, accepted student participation continues with the selection of MBA team members chosen to meet the needs of the project. The program culminates at the end of the course with a virtual presentation of project findings, an in-depth analysis, and specific, actionable recommendations to the client. 

    COURSE and PROJECT COMPLETION

    Over ten weeks, teams are advised by a faculty functional expert and devote over 1,200 person-hours collectively to the business challenge.  Students attend a required online three-credit course that hones their skills in project management and global consulting.  Additionally, teams develop a keen awareness of the cultural and business environment while meeting regularly with their clients and advisors. 

    • MHR 7022 Global Applied Projects. 3 credits; graded elective course; Spring Semester, Session II.
    • Classroom portion of GAP focuses on project management, global culture, and initial project preparation. 
    • Students receive instructions to enroll into the GAP class once they are accepted for a specific project team. 

    GAP participants are concurrently honing their consulting skills during the course to finalize the project scope, complete data research and analysis, and present the final project findings to the company host.  Faculty advisors serve as subject-matter-experts during the spring term to guide and evaluate the final deliverables. 

    Program Contacts:

    Roger Bailey, Faculty Director for Full-time MBA Program, bailey.1117@osu.edu

    Steve DeNunzio, Faculty Director for WP-MBA Program, denunzio.4@osu.edu

    Joyce Steffan, Senior Director, Office of Global Business, steffan.10@osu.edu

    Kevin Beran, Senior Project Manager, Experiential Learning, beran.13@osu.edu

  • Eligibility

    GAP eligibility and participation are based on a student being fully prepared for the multidisciplinary aspect of GAP projects. Therefore, the GAP program is open to applicants who meet the following criteria:

    FT-MBA

    • First-year students who have completed the core by end of Spring Semester and are in good academic standing.

    WP-MBA

    • WP-MBA students in good academic standing who have completed 18 hours of graded coursework--including Data Analytics and excluding Independent Study credits.

     

  • Application Process

    APPLICATION

    The GAP application link will be emailed after the virtual GAP Info Session on Sept 23, 5 - 6 pm.  See previous emails or the HUB for the zoom link to attend.  The application will remain open from September 23 through October 17, 2021

    1. The GAP Info Session will be hosted virtually on Thursday, September 23, 5 - 6 pm.  

    2. Accepted applicants will receive subsequent emails about next steps for project selection in January, 2022.

    APPLICATION DOCUMENTS

    Have the following documents ready before starting the online application process:

    • Updated Resume. Attach the resume as a properly labeled PDF (name. document. Sample: Jones.James.Resume). For assistance with creating an updated and professionally formatted resume, make an appointment with a Career Consultant in the Office of Career Management.
    • 2 - 3 minute Video uploaded with application:
      • Academic and/or professional background
      • Professional career goals
      • What you bring to the table for your team
      • What you hope to get out of GAP
      • You must upload your video to a video sharing platform, and provide the link to your video in your application. You may utilize any media platform that you prefer, such as BuckeyeBox, YouTube, Google Drive, DropBox, etc. Your video does not need to be available to the public, but please make sure that it is accessible via the link you provide in your application. Failure to submit an active link with your application will result in your application being incomplete.

     

  • Project Placement

    PLACEMENT STEPS

    To be placed on a GAP team, students must do the following:

    1. Complete an online GAP application after attending a GAP Zoom Information Session.
    2. If placed in the candidate pool, select up to three available project scopes to indicate interest.
    3. Accept the project placement within 24 hours. Failure to respond will result in being removed from the project and placed on the waitlist.

    The GAP Leadership Team finalizes all team assignments; teams do not self-select. Project "swapping" with other students is not allowed.

    PLACEMENT CRITERIA

    • Placements will vary based on the fit between the project requirements and factors such as student background, skills, functional expertise, and language abilities.
    • In addition, the student's project selection and faculty recommendations will be taken into account for team placement.

Should you have any additional questions, please contact Joyce Steffan, Senior Director, Office of Global Business, steffan.10@osu.edu.