Course Title

Virtual International Business Live Case

Collaboration Overview

We are seeking a live case study to be part of a new online experiential course (that replaced a cancelled international field study). Our students are rising juniors and seniors who have been exposed to a broad set of business courses as well as focused maritime business courses. This course will provide our students with a solid exposure to project management and this live case study competition will be the prime experience for the course where they will apply their background knowledge using newly acquired project management tools and techniques. Companies should participate to play a critical role in the education of these rising professional leaders and also to tap into a new pipeline of talent from a school with a record of preparing job-ready graduates. Due to the compressed nature of this course, we will require a clearly scoped challenge, a high degree of structure, and a high level of engagement. We expect the live case study to start immediately and ramp up during the duration of the four-week course. It would be ideal if the student teams could engage directly with your product or service as part of their experiential learning and use that as a springboard for creating their deliverable. We hope this live case will result in something more than an academic exercise. We'd like the champion to be a servant leader who plays an active role in the development of our students and teams and provides opportunity for feedback and revision of their work. We have tried to indicate a great number of industries and functions and welcome opportunities from any company. We look forward to working collaboratively to solve one of your problems while helping our students develop critical skills and mindsets.

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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

  • May 4, 2020

    Collaboration request published. Companies may express interest in participating.

  • May 6, 2020

    School faculty will begin interviewing interested companies and discuss project ideas.

  • June 6, 2020

    Final date for companies to express interest in participating.

  • June 9, 2020

    School faculty and project champion finalized project scope as follows:

    • Collect qualitative (interview for D2C channel) and quantitative (historic hata for both D2C and B2B channels).
    • Diagram and document D2C supply chain processes.
    • Analyze historic data and identify key metrics for both B2B and D2c channels.
    • Prepare written report and present recommendations for improvement.
  • June 19, 2020

    Project champion to provide historic data to school faculty as follows:

    • 1Q of D2C data (e.g., Shopify data)
    • 6Q of B2B data (e.g., UPS invoices and shipping data)
  • June 22, 2020

    School faculty and project champion finalize project charter, legal documents, and background materials.

  • June 26, 2020

    Student teaching assistants to complete preliminary analysis of data and scoping of projects for completion in July.

  • July 10, 2020

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

  • July 16, 2020

    OFFICE HOURS I: We’ll find a set of times this day to schedule a first round of office hours with the student teams to answer their preliminary questions.

  • July 23, 2020

    OFFICE HOURS II: We’ll find a set of times this day to schedule a second round of office hours with student teams to share analysis and preliminary findings.

  • July 30, 2020

    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…

Account Management

Process Overview / Mapping
Software Suite Recommendations
Process Optimization

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

Growth Strategy

Business Opportunity Research
Prospecting New Relationships
Designing & Scaling Processes

International Affairs

Expansion Planning
Cultural Assessment
Strategic Entry

Legal, Regulatory, Compliance

Impending Regulation Assessment
Legal Documents & Legal Structure Audit
Prospecting Legal Firms


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

Org Culture, D&I

Diversity Assessments
Inclusion Protocols
Training & Development

PR & Communications

PR Strategy Consulting
Communications Planning
Messaging & Tone Advancement

Product Design & Development

User Testing/Interviewing
Requirements Planning
Product Development/Extension

Purchasing, Logistics, Supply Chain

Sourcing & Distribution Analysis
Inventory Management
Distribution Optimization

Quality Control

Process Mapping & Checking
Document Validity Verification
Data and Fact Checking

Reporting, Financial Planning & Analysis

Growth Analysis
Valuations Assessment
Financial Performance Analysis​

Research & Development

Competition Due Diligence
Industry Size Assessment
Partnership & Channel Mapping

Sales & Business Development

New Business Opportunity Assessment
Market Testing
Customer Discovery/Interviewing

Software Design & Development

MVP Design & User Testing
Systems Integration
Technology Roadmap Planning

Talent Management

Talent Competency Mapping
Training & Development Curriculum Design
Talent Satisfaction Assessments

Academic Mentors



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Academic Program Details

SchoolMassachusetts Maritime Academy
CourseVirtual International Business Live Case
Graduate / UndergraduateN/A
Students EnrolledN/A
Student Time Commitment15-30 Hours
Class Meeting Day & Time*N/A

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

Collaboration Requirements

Requested Industries
Accounting & Legal
Requested Company Size
  • High-Growth Startup
Duration4 weeks (07/06/2020 - 07/31/2020)
Company Time Commitment5+ Hours per week of mentoring, answering key questions, and providing access to helpful resources
Project Count1


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