University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business Announces 2018 Innovation Jam

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MBA students will work with retail giant Amazon to tackle a real business issue in 36-hour challenge

The University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business announced today the 2018 Innovation Jam, taking place May 4-5. Organized by the Sanger Leadership Center, Innovation Jam is a 36-hour, action-based learning experience for Ross’ Part-Time MBA (PTMBA) students and is part of the orientation event for Weekend MBA students.

The program will consist of 135 students, who will spend two days developing and proposing innovative solutions for Amazon, and conclude with a pitch competition. For the third year in a row, the Sanger Leadership Center is teaming up with Amazon. Amazon employees, many of whom are also Ross alumni, will serve as mentors for student teams throughout the program. The details around the business challenge will be revealed to students Friday morning during the program kickoff.

Students will then break into teams and have two days to use their creativity, teamwork, and strategic thinking to develop original solutions. Students will adopt roles based on the Michigan Model of Leadership to pursue learning goals, develop their leadership capabilities, and see firsthand the many diverse ways leaders create value in companies. Their learning will be supported by Amazon employees, who will provide steady feedback throughout the process.

“At Ross, we pride ourselves on engaging students with the real world and enabling them to learn business by doing business. This is yet another example,” said Brian Flanagan, Managing Director of the Sanger Leadership Center. “We couldn’t be more thrilled to continue our collaboration with Amazon, give students a chance to learn how to influence real world decision making at leading companies, and develop their leadership capabilities along the way. It’ll be an impactful two days.”

On Saturday, the program will wrap up with three finalist teams presenting their solutions to a panel of Amazon team members and U-M faculty. The winning team will be selected for developing an original and realistic solution that fits well with Amazon’s culture. For more information about Innovation Jam or the Sanger Leadership Center, visit www.sanger.umich.edu.

 

About Michigan Ross

The Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan is a vibrant and distinctive learning community grounded in the principle that business can be an extraordinary vehicle for positive change in today's dynamic global economy. The Ross School of Business’ mission is to develop leaders who make a positive difference in the world. Through thought and action, members of the Ross community drive change and innovation that improves business and society.

Ross is consistently ranked among the world's leading business schools. Academic degree programs include the BBA, MBA, Part-time MBA (Evening and Weekend formats), Executive MBA, Global MBA, Master of Accounting, Master of Supply Chain Management, Master of Management, and PhD. In addition, the school delivers open-enrollment and custom executive education programs targeting general management, leadership development, and strategic human resource management.

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