Strategy. Business planning. Financial management. Organizational design. Supply chain and operations. Imagine you just facilitated a constructive client debate around several growth strategies your team suggested. Imagine seeing a new product in the market and knowing that your research and recommendations were used to launch it. You don't have to imagine anymore. In the Carlson Consulting Enterprise you will gain real world experiences like these while working with clients; resulting in a positive impact on their business and your career development.
The Carlson Consulting Enterprise (CCE) is part class part work experience. Itâ€™s a 2-2.5 semester course in which student-led teams are assigned to work on a live client project for a local company. Project work is supplemented and enhanced by a weekly class that teaches structured thinking and project management skills that will be crucial in any career path.
In short, the CCE:
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.
It allowed me to apply the innovative and complex theories we learned in the classroom to help Fortune 500 cllients develop winning solutions."
John O'Connor, MBA '08, Buyer-Healthcare, Target