Fisher's Business Lab Projects provide students with a working knowledge of best practices in project management. MBA students work in teams to apply the concepts they have learned in class via the execution and presentation of a business project for a local firm.  Each Full-Time MBA student’s Business Lab Project includes an off-campus immersion experience where students learn to define and scope problems prior to working on the solution. This experience is in contrast to traditional project courses wherein students are given a problem and concentrate mostly on the solution.

EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING: BUSINESS LAB PROJECT

Fisher MBA students learn to lead a real-world project from within an organization, or as an external consultant by:

  • Structuring a problem
  • Establishing a project plan
  • Collecting data and group problem solving
  • Working with one’s team and internal/external stakeholders
  • Creating presentations to convey findings
  • Presenting results
  • Practice these learnings with a real project with a local firm

Business Lab Course Topics:  Defining the Problem, Understanding the Client, Team Learning, Hypothesis and Issue Trees, Context Setting, Work Planning and Gantt Charts, Team Structure and responsibility assignment matrices, Analysis, Problem Solving with Stakeholders, Dealing with Clients and Client Interviews, Change Management, Presentations, Story-lining, Solving Team Issues.

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