Gain valuable experience consulting for a company on a real-life business problem
This project is designed to develop your managerial and consulting potential by applying your knowledge and problem-solving skills to a real-world consulting project for an external organisation. Building on your innovative thinking and entrepreneurial abilities, this project gives you an opportunity to work in a dynamic team to produce recommendations that will be presented directly to the client.
You will take on the role of a team of consultants, managing the project from initial problem-framing through to completion and drawing on your knowledge from the programme so far. The consultancy process is emphasised throughout, with the course building on the consultancy process developed in the core Strategic Problem Solving workshop held in September. You will also be supported by several workshops, run by experienced consultants, where you present your work, receive detailed feedback on your progress, and are able to raise questions.
As an example of the practical learning experience that the Business School emphasises, I have worked on a consulting project for Cisco. The project gives you first-hand experience in solving some of the issues that companies actually encounter.
The projects stem from a wide range of high profile organisations but will typically be the type of strategic or operational questions which consultants might be expected to address. For example, it could be the reorganisation of a service, a market analysis of a new product, or a strategic review of an area of activity. Recent clients have included Cisco, Shell, GSK and Thomson Reuters.
During the project, you will be able to expand your network. You will manage your relationship with a project lead from your client’s company and liaise with them for the duration of the project. Each group will also be assigned an informal mentor who will be an alumnus of the Imperial MBA and currently engaged in consulting activities.
This project is offered as one of two projects that focus on building your teamwork skills; you may alternatively choose the Entrepreneurial Journey instead.