Business School tests students’ knowledge of real world

Hult International Business School loans out its graduating MBA students to test their knowledge of strategic problem solving.

Business studentsStudents taking part in Hult’s Action Learning Program are divided into teams and compete with each other to provide clients with innovative solutions for existing problems and ideas for new growth.

The program lets students flex their management muscle by providing blue-chip corporations with practical ideas and solutions, according to Hult President Dr. Stephen Hodges.

“We challenge our students to develop hands-on management skills that will serve them well in an increasingly competitive global marketplace…Hult not only provides a solid academic program, but an opportunity to take what is learned in the classroom directly into a real-life scenario.”

Some of the companies competing in the 2010 program include Duracell, Xerox, Pfizer and the Financial Times. At the conclusion of the project each student team presents a proposal for action to representatives of the client organization.

The solutions presented to these companies, created under the guidance of a Hult faculty advisor, are often as useful for the companies as they are for the students, says Vice President of Innovation and Growth, BAE Systems Larrie Cable, with the solutions offered by the students resonate long after the participating students graduate from Hult.

“The program continues to be a source of creative and innovative ideas from which BAE Systems will develop future business opportunities…there are few opportunities in which sponsors and students can gain so much mutual experience and benefit.”

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