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

Our Weekend MBA students are smart, creative, and energetic; typically in their late 20s to early 30s; with diverse backgrounds and several years of practical experience. They will spend 14 weeks working on your project, from January to mid-April.


Considering MAP

If you are interested in sponsoring a project, the first thing to do is develop a project proposal.

What Makes a Good MAP Proposal?

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

  • Require a multidisciplinary approach.
  • Have no existing or obvious solution.
  • Can be successfully completed in seven weeks.
  • Have strong support from senior-level management.
  • Demand a set of actionable recommendations.

View previous MAP projects

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.

Getting Started with MAP

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.

Making MAP Succeed

How to plan a successful project
Tips to keep in mind during the planning process

  • 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.

PROPOSALS DUE: NOV. 7, 2017

Project Duration
14 weeks

When
Early January-Mid April

Sponsor Notifications
Early December 2017


MAP Proposal Form

MAP Sponsor Guide


Contact Information

Office of Action-Based Learning
RossActionLearning@umich.edu
734.615.2096