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MBA Students

What is the Carlson Consulting Enterprise?

The Carlson Consulting Enterprise (CCE) is a 2.5 semester class in which students work on projects for paying clients to provide solutions to real business issues. The CCE gives you the opportunity to learn how to think like a consultant whether or not you choose to pursue a consulting career. You will develop the critical skill-set of identifying, analyzing and solving complex problems. You will also have the opportunity to participate in projects with premier companies, develop relationships with recognized business leaders, and differentiate yourself from other job candidates from competing top-ranked schools.

The client project work is supplemented by a weekly course which teaches methods for problem identification, issue tree mapping, work plan development, project execution, stakeholder management, and presentation construction. This, coupled with traditional business coursework, creates a more skilled graduate and differentiates Carlson School Enterprise graduates from those of other business schools.

Additionally, CCE students are allowed exclusive networking opportunities and project feedback with the CCE executive advisory board, made up of local business professionals. Other networking opportunities are available through the extensive & engaged CCE alumni network.

Sarah Gisser, Managing Director of the CCE, also takes a personal interest in supporting CCE students in their job and internship search by providing valuable mentoring and advice

Undergraduate Students

What is the Carlson Consulting Enterprise?

The Carlson Consulting Enterprise (CCE) is a two semester class (for undergrads) in which students work on projects for paying clients to provide solutions to their real business issues. The CCE gives students the opportunity to learn how to think like a consultant whether or not they choose to pursue a consulting career. Students develop the critical skill-set of identifying, analyzing and solving complex problems. They will have the opportunity to participate in projects with premier companies, develop relationships with recognized business leaders, and differentiate themselves from other job candidates from competing top-ranked schools.

The client project work is supplemented by a weekly course (Tuesdays 8:00-9:40 a.m.) which teaches methods for problem identification, issue tree mapping, work plan development, project execution, stakeholder management, and presentation construction. This, coupled with traditional business coursework, creates a more skilled graduate and differentiates Carlson School Enterprise graduates from those of other schools.

Additionally, CCE students are allowed exclusive networking opportunities and project feedback with the CCE executive advisory board, made up of local business professionals. Other networking opportunities are available through the extensive & engaged CCE alumni network.

Sarah Gisser, Managing Director, also takes a personal interest in supporting CCE students in their job and internship search by providing valuable mentoring and advice.

What Are the Projects Like?

Beginning (weeks 1-4)

  • Met with my project team to discuss the project scope and team expectations.
  • Conduct kick-off meeting with client and clarify project objectives and communication schedules.
  • Create an issue tree, problem statement & work plan to outline the project.
  • Develop initial hypotheses.

Middle (weeks 5-10)

  • Execute on the work plan
  • Meet weekly with client contact in person or via conference call
  • Provide client weekly status reports.
  • Conduct primary research which may consist of in-depth interviews with stakeholders, focus groups or other forms of data collection.
  • Conduct external research which may include benchmarking, industry analysis or secondary research
  • Present mid-point presentation to client & stakeholder to outline preliminary research findings and map the objectives for the second half of the project.
  • Refine hypotheses as necessary.

End (weeks 11-13)

  • Conduct insightful analysis based on research findings.
  • Outline 2-3 alternative scenarios for client action.
  • Finalize presentation and findings.

Present final product to client.

Your Experience

In Class

  • Focus on critical thinking and fact-based problem solving for use beyond the CCE
  • Learn tools and methodologies to apply to client work and beyond
  • In class exercises and speakers

On Projects

  • Participate in 3 projects over 2.5 semesters
  • Address significant business challenges for clients
  • Opportunity to stretch beyond comfort zone

With a Mentor

  • Hands-on coaching and feedback
  • Personal and professional development advice
  • Career and job search support

Through a Network

  • Present to and network with the CCE's executive advisory board
  • Opportunities to build professional network
  • Valuable forums for career advice

All while developing a strong sense of community and lasting friendships with fellow CCE students.