Exceptional Leaders Aren’t Made by Conventional Education

You’ll learn fundamentals in the classroom, but nothing is as rigorous as real business. Go beyond hypothetical situations and simulations and manage a real business in our Living Business Leadership Experience (LBLE) course.

What is Living Business Leadership Experience (LBLE)?

Effective leaders lead up, down, and across organizations – just as you'll do in the Living Business Leadership Experience course. Work with a company and team of students to establish and run real, profitable enterprises. This could entail new products, business lines, or functional units. This course is open to MBA2s. You must apply and be accepted to join the class. 

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“The mantra of “Learning Business by Doing Business” is what drew me to this course in the first place — and it definitely works. I feel more prepared to lead in my full-time job post business school than ever before.”

— Aaron Schmit, MBA '18, worked with Shinola

LBLE Stories

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Michigan Ross Launches Business Consultant Corps to Provide Internships and Development Opportunities for Students, Adds Summer Experience Requirement to Full-Time MBA Program

Leveraging its vast network of organizational partners, Michigan Ross has developed a new internship program for students this summer, as the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the availability of internships offered by companies across the world.
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From Retail to Real Estate, Michigan Ross Students Led Nine Business Initiatives at Sponsoring Organizations as Part of the Living Business Leadership Experience

Through the LBLE course, 123 graduate and undergraduate students at Michigan Ross had the opportunity to develop their leadership skills by acting as team leads on high-impact business projects for nine sponsoring organizations.


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Elevating Affordable Housing

Scott Skinner, MBA '18, took LBLE to expand his knowledge of real estate. He worked with The NRP Group to elevate the standard for supportive services like workforce development and transportation in affordable housing communities.

Sponsoring Companies

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Ilera Apothecary

The NRP Group

Real estate development and affordable housing

Establish an enterprise that develops and implements a new model for affordable housing in the U.S.


Luxury retailer

Gain hands-on experience in digital marketing strategy, e-commerce optimization and retail market activation as you work with Shinola's marketing team to improve aided brand awareness from 6% to ~40% to increase competitiveness in the industry.


Healthcare device startup

Develop and execute a market entry strategy for outdoor seating products that provide warmth via Warmilu's patented InstaWarmer technology.

Ilera Apothecary

Health and beauty retail

Develop an ecommerce and digital marketing strategy for an online customer engagement portal that provides customers with highly personalized product recommendations.

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