Spring 2013


Instructor: Carraway


Course Description


This three-credit course is project-based and meant to be a capstone to the GEMBA program. As such, it is intended to integrate what the students have learned and how they might think proactively about the future and the role their MBA education might play in society. Each learning team will be responsible for delivering a written or PowerPoint presenation of its work and an oral presentation to a panel of faculty and alums during the final on-grounds residency. Each learning team will be responsible for developing a one-page project proposal, which must be approved by the instructor. The proposal must describe (1) what the project is, (2) how completing the project will draw on the learnings from the program (at least three courses in the program must be substantively included), and (3) how the project impacts society. Alternatively, the instructor could make packaged projects available to students that they can choose to undertake, including projects that might involve multiple learning teams.


Course Objectives


·         Encourage students to think beyond business per se and to the role an MBA education can play in society

·         Have students demonstrate learnings from the program

·         Help students recognize the impact the program has had on their ability to address complex problems

·         Organize and execute a group project activity (i.e., a challenge beyond the capacity of a single individual to complete in the required time frame)

·         Guide students on how to work in virtual teams to create and deliver a team output

·         Involve students in an activity that has a real and tangible impact beyond an academic exercise, with society as the ultimate beneficiary

·         Allow students to practice preparing effective oral and written presentations


Elements of the Course Grade


Final written product assigned to the entire group                 35%

Final oral presentation assigned to the entire group               35%

Team analysis in journal entries (individual)                           15%

Peer evaluation of contributions (individual)                         15%