Course Title

Business in Action, Fall 2022 (Collum) – Donatos Pizza

Collaboration Overview

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Engagement Format: Live Case

Think "Hackathon" or Case Competition with a whole class of students! This learning format allows educators to deliver experiential learning to students at scale. Students are often split into groups to work on a live case (or a series of cases) from a real host company that directly relates to key learning objectives.

Timeline & Next Steps

  • December 16, 2021

    Collaboration request published. Industry Partners may express interest in participating.

  • December 16, 2021

    Educators will begin interviewing interested Industry Partners to discuss project ideas.

  • December 16, 2021

    Final date for Industry Partners to express interest in participating.

  • December 16, 2021

    Educators and Industry Partners finalize project charters, legal documents, and background materials.

  • February 21, 2022

    OFFICIAL PROJECT LAUNCH: We’ll find a time on this day to web conference you into our class to kickoff the project.

  • May 6, 2022

    OFFICIAL PROJECT END: We’ll find a time on this day to web conference you into our class to close the project.

Project Inspiration

Project templates by topic that might inspire you…

Corporate Social Responsibility

Strategy Development
Requirements Planning
Evaluation and Recommendations

Customer Service

New Business Opportunity Assessment
New Product/Service Development
Customer Discovery/Interviewing

Data Management

Data Scrubbing & Reorganization
Data Synthesis & Visualization
KPI Design Visualization


Branding Strategy/Redesign
Social Media Optimization
User/Customer Acquisition Strategy Development & Testing


Process Design Review
Scalability Assessment
Inter-Departmental Efficiency Assessment

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Academic Program Details

SchoolNorthern Illinois University (NIU)
CourseBusiness in Action, Fall 2022 (Collum) – Donatos Pizza
Graduate / Undergraduate
  • All Undergraduate
Students Enrolled40
Student Time Commitment4-7 Hours
Class Meeting Day & Time*Online MW 6:00 - 8:40 pm CT

*Note: Company, faculty, and students will finalize meeting and communication schedule after collaboration is finalized

Collaboration Requirements

Requested Industries
Government, Non-Profit, Travel & Tourism
Requested Company Size
  • High-Growth Startup
  • Small Business
  • Medium Business
  • Large Enterprise
Duration7 Weeks (06/13/2022 - 08/05/2022)
  • Fully Remote (located anywhere)
Company Time Commitment1 Hour per week of mentoring, answering key questions, and providing access to helpful resources
Project Count4


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