Purdue University's Mitchell E. Daniels, Jr. School of Business partners with companies large and small to provide Active Learning Projects (ALPs) to provide extraordinary learning experiences for Executive MBA students. An integral part of top-tier EMBA programs, ALPs give our students new insights and deeper experiences through solving crucial business problems.
Cohorts are split into teams of 5-6 students that consult with their assigned company over a 14-week period. Their goal is to consult with organizational partners to address a critical business problem such as entering new markets, launching new services, initiating organizational change, making important investment decisions, restructuring functions and more. Selected firms will benefit from the expertise of highly experienced Executive MBA students from diverse industries, countries and job functions.
Recent Active Learning Projects have been in the areas of finance, operations, strategy and technology. Specific examples of project results include:
This ALP project had everything, and then some. I learned that not all people are as visual as I am. So it gives me a perspective into another person's mind, showing that even if you can visualize things, it doesn't naturally mean that somebody else can. You can bring people onto the same page by just showing them what it is, and that is what I did with this team. We had success with that, and I'll continue to use it.
Vikash Pandey, EMBA Class of 2021
Partner organizations can be of any size, from any industry, and do business in any country, but the firm must be established. Companies should expect to work with the Executive MBA students assigned to their project like consultants, discussing needs, sharing information, providing feedback, and participating in performance evaluations. Each partner company must identify a project owner and contact person for regular communication with the students. We require a financial commitment of $2,500, payable on an as-needed basis, for direct costs — e.g., student travel expenses for a site visit.
Questions about Purdue's EMBA Program Active Learning Projects? Contact Sarah Ham, Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ready to engage? We’re soliciting partner organizations for consulting projects with our current EMBA cohort. Companies with opportunities for student consulting projects, to be delivered in the July-November timeframe, are encouraged to contact Dr. Matthew Lynall, email@example.com, for more information.
“I hope that students will take this experience as one that really highlights and builds confidence for them in what they've learned and allows them to move into their career in a way that they feel confident about what they can do. Because they've really experienced success on a small scale, they can take on a global scale not only for their firms and institutions organizations and teams. ”
Professor Mary Pilotte
These courses are called "functional" electives because they address a crucial function of an organization.
Having a voting system for our functional electives speaks to our unique approach to choosing and designing electives. Because we consider our students our partners in their education, we never simply provide a predetermined list of electives from which they must choose. We instead make our students co-designers of their curriculum.
A key challenge for managers is dealing with risk, which means the probabilities related to success of different options. The two types of risk most commonly faced by managers are operational and financial risk. The course considers the different types of risk, ways to assess risk and develop options to mitigate the impact of risk on the company.