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Information for Companies

Our MBA Consulting Center brings together companies and highly qualified UC Davis MBA students. Companies are invited to propose a field study project. Once approved by the Consulting Center’s faculty director, the project is assigned to a team of MBA students whose strengths and interests match the company’s specific needs. The team then assists the company by defining and solving strategic problems, enhancing the organization’s effectiveness or exploring business opportunities.

I greatly appreciated working with the UC Davis MBA team, and was able to witness their dedication, professionalism and high academic standards.

Laurence Nguyen, Manager, Consumer PC Accessories, Hewlett-Packard Company

The company partner is expected to commit the necessary time and resources to the project. Companies are responsible for expenses incurred on their behalf, including, but not limited to, postage, printing and travel. The project helps students turn theory into practice while bringing their skills to bear on an important problem to be solved.

The typical field study last one academic quarter (10 weeks). The team meets regularly with the company partner and is aided by the guidance of a field study advisor. A written interim report is provided after five weeks; a final report and oral presentation responding to the project are presented in week 10 or 11.

Consulting work by UC Davis MBA students is as good as or better then any I’ve seen in the private sector.

Rob Cook, Deputy Director, Calif. Dept. of General Services


Confidential information can be protected by a nondisclosure agreement if necessary. Please contact us for further information.

Make Your Project a Reality:

  • Step 1 – Complete a Project Proposal (PDF)
  • Step 2 – Refine proposal with director, Professor Richard Dorf
  • Step 3 – Companies are notified of selected projects
  • Step 4 – Meet with student team and field study advisor
  • Step 5 – Review interim report
  • Step 6 – Finalize report

The students’ presentation was well prepared, well executed, and hit the proverbial mark with their Hewlett-Packard project sponsor. I sense that the Graduate School of Management will see more projects and support from HP in the future.

Marc Lowe, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Data Protection Solutions, Adaptec, Inc.
Field Study Advisor for Hewlett-Packard project

Project proposal deadlines

Companies are asked to submit project proposals before the following dates to be considered for each academic quarter:

 Project Deadline
Fall   August 5
Winter  November 5
Spring  February 5
Summer  May 5

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