When your organization sponsors the Multidisciplinary Action Projects course, you get a diverse team of top MBA students, guided by senior faculty, to tackle your pressing business challenges.
 

The Benefits of Sponsorship

  • Get a fresh look at your business issue from an unbiased team.
  • Receive thorough, data-driven recommendations.
  • Gain exposure to the latest business tools and techniques practiced by senior faculty and top MBA students.
  • Build relationships with MBA students, reinforcing recruiting strength.
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Types of Projects

Each MBA program at Ross offers MAP to its students as a core or elective course. MAP staff work with you to develop proposals to sponsor projects with the right program. See which program is best for you.

Who Full-Time MBA students Weekend MBA students Evening MBA students Global MBA students executive mba students
When 2nd week of March to the end of April Early January to Mid-April Early September to Mid-December Early May to the end of June September to December
Project Duration 7 weeks 14 weeks 14 weeks 7 weeks 3.5 months
Proposals Due By Nov. 21, 2014 Nov. 1, 2014 July 1, 2014 March 2, 2015 Early July
Sponsor Notifications Late January 2015 Dec. 15, 2014 August 15, 2014  --   --

 

Your Proposal

MAP delivers the most value when you have pressing issues with no simple solution.
The best projects:

  • have no existing or obvious solution
  • have strong support from senior management
  • require a multidisciplinary approach
  • can be successfully completed in the time allowed
  • demand a set of actionable recommendations
     

If you have a potential project in mind, here are the next steps:

  1. Developing a project proposal with us: We’ll work with you to ensure that the proposal meets the objectives of the school as well as your organization.
     
  2. Review and approval: Ross faculty review all proposals. We’ll get back in touch to provide an update on the status of your project within a month of the proposal deadline.
     
  3. Bidding and team formation: MBA students bid to work on approved projects and are assigned, along with faculty mentors, according to their preferences and your stated needs.
     
  4. Kickoff: Students immerse themselves in your project, traveling and working on site as required.
     

 


Responsibilities & Costs

  • Provide two dedicated and engaged project liaisons.
  • Provide relevant data, which may be proprietary, to the MAP team.
  • Arrange for the MAP team to interview key personnel appropriate to the project.
  • Provide workspace and appropriate business and communications equipment.
  • Pay for all project-related student expenses including travel, airfare, lodging, meals, ground transportation, visa, immunization charges, travel health insurance, and any other expenses pre-approved by you.

Domestic project costs guide (PDF)

International project costs guide (PDF)

 

Want to get started?

Download project proposal information sheets for MAP courses to start planning your project before submitting it online:

Full-Time MBA MAP proposal

Evening MBA MAP proposal (PDF)

Weekend MBA MAP proposal (PDF)

Global MBA MAP proposal (PDF)

Making MAP Succeed

Project Planning
How to plan a successful project

  • Begin early - we’re happy to help.
  • Educate management about MAP.
  • Get senior management buy-in.
  • Appoint a company liaison and alternate liaison.
  • Communicate project goals early.
  • Identify information sources (internal and external).
  • Budget for project costs.

Before Students Arrive
What to do before Ross MBAs visit your site

  • Hold conference calls; discuss topic, answer questions.
  • Provide pre-reading.
  • Set up meetings for the team to meet many people early in the process (including HR, decision makers, and senior management).

Orientation
How to start a project team in the right direction

  • Provide the team with an understanding of your organization: culture, goals, and vision.
  • Facilitate meetings with senior management and key contacts.
  • Work with the team to organize and schedule internal presentations.
  • Discuss the team’s statement of work with them.
  • Treat the MAP team as partners/colleagues, not students.
  • Let the team be creative – allow them to use their external perspective to your benefit.
  • Get to know the team: Have fun; maybe arrange a team dinner.

Logistics & Housekeeping
Things to remember

  • Prepare written travel policy.
  • Clearly explain spending/reimbursement policy.
  • Be aware that students are on limited incomes.
  • Arrange access to corporate resources.
  • Provide conference call numbers.
  • Provide office space/access.
  • Treat them like new hires.

Ongoing Project Management
Tips to keep the project on track

  • Provide weekly contact or meeting (plan on five-10 hours per week).
  • Schedule mid-term project review.
  • Be available and be responsive.
  • Manage responsiveness within your corporation.
  • Contact faculty advisor if issues arise.
  • Keep team focused. Expect some modifications to the Statement of Work.

Project Final Presentation
Consider who to invite

  • On-site presentation allows more participation by management.
  • Attendees provide valuable feedback on next steps.

During and After MAP
Get the most out of the engagement

  • Put students in touch with recruiting personnel for full-time opportunities; a positive experience will be shared among peers.
  • Consider hiring one or more team members as a summer intern.
  • Continue to provide feedback after project is completed.