Case Study

To develop food scientists’ fundamental business skill, General Mills partnered with Executive Education to design a course led by innovation, technology, and quality experts from around the world.

 As a Fortune 500 corporation that oversees more than 100 brands, it’s not surprising General Mills, Inc. is committed to developing worldwide leaders. After recognizing a need to refresh employees’ fundamental business skills, General Mills devised a custom version of the Carlson Executive Education MBA Essentials course.

Senior Carlson School faculty and General Mills execs agreed that infusing leadership segments into the existing MBA Essentials class would make an unbeatable course that was tailored to meet the company’s needs. The goal was to strengthen food scientists’ business knowledge and their ability to build partnerships.

Executive Education designed the General Mills residential program to include Master’s and PhD level innovation, technology, and quality (ITQ) experts from around the world. Formal classroom experiences were just the beginning. Team members worked in small groups to complete a real-world capstone project intended to help participants more effectively interact with General Mills’ clients.

Three years after first partnering with Carlson Executive Education, 100 percent of General Mills’ participating ITQ experts would recommend this class to help leaders build effective networks, embrace an empathetic mindset, and influence others.