William Davidson Institute
In-Company Learning in Emerging Markets
Founded at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan in 1992, the William
Davidson Institute (WDI) is a non-profit, independent, research and educational
institute dedicated to developing and disseminating expertise on issues
affecting firms in transition economies. WDI programs include the training of
business leaders, entrepreneurs, and government officials who operate in these
countries, research on business and economic issues, and project-based
assistance. These programs are geared to increase effectiveness of firms and improve social
welfare in these economies.
WDI offers several unique, action-learning opportunities – Global Projects
Courses (GPC) – for MBA students at Michigan's Ross School of Business.
GPC assignments have much more in common with a high-level consulting project
than with lectures and case studies: Teams of MBA students tackle issues of
major strategic importance to companies or business-related organizations around
the world. Those teams apply the latest tools and knowledge. They dig into
challenging issues. They produce cutting-edge results. And they get valuable
professional development in the process.
GPC assignments have spanned Africa, the Americas, Asia, and Europe. Student
teams have helped bring products to market for business incubators in Israel.
Others have developed market-entry strategies for major multinationals in
Africa, Asia, and Europe. Each student engagement includes work from both their
Ann Arbor home base and on-site in the country or countries covered by the scope
of their project.
The following options are available to MBAs at the Business School:
Global Projects I (International MAP)
Also known as International MAP (Multi-disciplinary Action Project), Global
Projects I is a seven week international course offered to first-year MBA
students. The students enroll in this program after completing their first year
core classes. Each team consists of three to six MBA students. Teams spend the
full seven weeks exclusively dedicated to the engagement, including up to five
weeks of international research.
Global Projects II
Global Projects II is a fourteen week elective course offered to second-year MBA
students. Each team consists of four to eight MBA students. Students engage in
six weeks of pre-trip research and analysis, gather data at the international
location(s) for up to one week at the end of February, and follow up with seven
weeks of further data gathering and analysis.
While a few student internships or global projects may be available in the
future through the William Davidson Institute to further its applied research,
the vast majority of student and global projects are now handled by the Ross Business
School’s MAP (effective September 2004). For more information, please visit
http://www.bus.umich.edu/MAP/Default.htm. Thank You.