Course Title

MBA “On-the-Spot” Consulting – Fall 2021

Collaboration Overview

We're looking to build an incredible "on-the-spot" consulting experience to provide our students with a dose of the real-world through a Live Case Experience based on a series of projects based on real challenges from a real industry partner

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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

  • September 25, 2021

    Deadline for companies to apply

  • October 18, 2021

    Students Access Company Overview and Project Descriptions

  • October 22, 2021

    Student Registration Deadline

    Submit Project Preferences

    Teams finalized

  • October 27, 2021

    3:30 – 4:15: Industry partner will present Live Case series – hopefully in-person at Gabelli in Lincoln Center

  • October 27, 2021

    4:15 – 5:30 PM ET: Students are distributed into breakout rooms

    Project facilitators focus on checking in to breakout room sessions

    Industry Partner will remain in main room and be available for Q&A

    Each team is responsible for uploading draft deliverables

  • October 31, 2021

    Students responsible for submitting final deliverables for review by industry partner

  • November 3, 2021

    3:30 – 5:30 Wrap-up and debrief session

Project Inspiration

Project templates by topic that might inspire you…

Data Management

Data Scrubbing & Reorganization
Data Synthesis & Visualization
KPI Design Visualization

Growth Strategy

Business Opportunity Research
Prospecting New Relationships
Designing & Scaling Processes

International Affairs

Expansion Planning
Cultural Assessment
Strategic Entry


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

Mergers & Acquisitions

Prospecting Acquirer Targets
Establishing & Validating Valuations
Researching Potential Acquisitions


Process Design Review
Scalability Assessment
Inter-Departmental Efficiency Assessment

Product Design & Development

User Testing/Interviewing
Requirements Planning
Product Development/Extension

Purchasing, Logistics, Supply Chain

Sourcing & Distribution Analysis
Inventory Management
Distribution Optimization

Reporting, Financial Planning & Analysis

Growth Analysis
Valuations Assessment
Financial Performance Analysis​

Sales & Business Development

New Business Opportunity Assessment
Market Testing
Customer Discovery/Interviewing

Talent Management

Talent Competency Mapping
Training & Development Curriculum Design
Talent Satisfaction Assessments

Academic Mentors


Alex Markle 

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Linda Agnew

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Academic Program Details

SchoolFordham University
CourseMBA “On-the-Spot” Consulting – Fall 2021
Graduate / Undergraduate
  • All Graduate
Students Enrolled80-100
Student Time Commitment4-7 Hours
Class Meeting Day & Time*2 Sessions on Wednesday 10/27 & 11/3 from 3:30 - 5:30 PM ET

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

Collaboration Requirements

Requested Industries
Biotech & Pharmaceuticals, Consumer Services, Education, Finance, Health Care, Information Technology, Manufacturing, Media, Restaurants, Bars & Food Services, Retail, Transportation & Logistics
Requested Company Size
  • High-Growth Startup
  • Small Business
  • Medium Business
  • Large Enterprise
Duration1 Weeks (10/27/2021 - 11/03/2021)
Company Time Commitment2 Hours per week of mentoring, answering key questions, and providing access to helpful resources
Project Count4


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