University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business Teams Up With Amazon for 2017 Innovation Jam

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MBA students will work with global company to tackle a real business issue in 36-hour challenge 

The University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business announced today the 2017 Innovation Jam, taking place May 5-6. Organized by the Sanger Leadership Center, Innovation Jam is a 36-hour, action-based learning experience for Ross’ Part-Time MBA (PTMBA) students. More than 100 students will spend the next two days developing and proposing innovative solutions for Amazon, which they will present at a pitch competition.

For the second year in a row, the Sanger Leadership Center is teaming up with Amazon. Amazon employees, some of whom are also Ross alumni, will serve as mentors for student teams throughout the program. The business challenge will be revealed this morning during the program kickoff.

Students will then be broken up into five teams, and for two days will have to use their creativity, teamwork, and strategic thinking to develop original solutions. As they work, students will utilize the Michigan Model of Leadership and a Human Centered-Design framework to test and develop their leadership capabilities and understanding of how to create value for leading companies. Their learning proposals will be supported by team coaches, consisting of Ross faculty and professional executive coaches, 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, student teams will share their ideas with Amazonians. The event will conclude with a pitch competition, where they will present their solutions to a panel of Amazon team members and U-M faculty. Previous companies that have participated in the event include Amazon and Morgan Stanley. For more information about Innovation Jam or the Sanger Leadership Center, visit www.michiganross.umich.edu/sanger.

 

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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