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Making MAP Succeed

What Makes a Good MAP Proposal?

  • It addresses a real challenge or opportunity that has no existing or obvious solution.
  • It has strong support from senior level management.
  • It requires a multidisciplinary approach.
  • It can successfully be completed in seven weeks.
  • It demands a set of actionable recommendations.

Sponsor Responsibilities

  • Provide two dedicated and engaged project liaisons
  • Provide relevant data, which may be proprietary, to the MAP team
  • Arrange for the MAP team to interview key personnel in your organization
  • Provide workspace and appropriate business and communications equipment
  • Reimburse project-related expenses, including travel, for the MAP team

Project Planning

  • Begin early
  • Educate management about MAP
  • Get senior management buy-in
  • Appoint a company liaison and alternate liaison
  • Communicate project goals early
  • Identify information sources (internal and external)
  • Budget for project costs

Get the Team off to a Fast Start:

Before Students Arrive

  • Conference calls-discuss topic, answer questions
  • Provide pre-reading
  • Set up meetings for team to meet many people early in the process (including HR, decision makers, & senior management)

On-site Orientation Session

  • Provide understanding of business
  • Meet senior management and key contacts
  • Organize and schedule internal presentations
  • Discuss statement of work
  • Treat MAP Team as partners/consultants, not students
  • Let Team be creative – balance control vs. hands-off
  • Have Fun – arrange a team dinner

Logistics/Housekeeping Session

  • Prepare written travel policy
  • Clearly explain spending/reimbursement policy
  • Be aware that students are on limited incomes
  • Arrange access to corporate resources
  • Provide conference call numbers
  • Provide office space/access
  • Treat them like “new hires”

Ongoing Project Management

  • Provide weekly contact or meeting (plan on 5-10 hours/week)
  • Schedule mid-term project review
  • Be available and be responsive
  • Manage responsiveness within your corporation
  • Contact faculty advisor if issues arise
  • Keep team focused. Expect some modifications to the Statement of Work 

Project Final Presentation

  • On-site presentation allows more participation by management
  • Attendees provide valuable feedback on next steps

During and After MAP

  • Put students in touch with recruiting personnel for full time opportunities
  • Hire one or more team members as a summer intern
  • Continue to provide feedback after project is completed


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MAP Sponsors

graphicName:Neil McQuire, Director, Business Development
Company:
Lion Cells, Inc.

"We really appreciated the skill level and effort of the Lion Cells MAP team.
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Get Real with MAP

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Don’t just study a case. Be the case. Multidisciplinary Action Projects (MAP) charge students with finding viable solutions to real problems in real businesses. How can a seven-week project impact you? In ways you never imagined.

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