Multidisciplinary Action Projects (MAP)
For seven weeks each spring, first-year Ross MBA students devote themselves exclusively to MAP as a requirement of the MBA core curriculum.
Each year, we accept MAP proposals from sponsors
looking to solve problems, identify new processes, and target
opportunities for growth. Since 1992, Ross students have completed
more than 1,500 MAP projects for more than 750 organizations around the world. When selecting MAP projects for our students, we look for outstanding corporate, entrepreneurial, and nonprofit projects in a variety of industries both in the U.S. and abroad that require actionable recommendations to address pressing organizational challenges.These are real companies with real business challenges.
A MAP team consists of 4-6 Ross MBA students who are guided by faculty
advisors. Each project requires analytical rigor, critical thinking, problem solving in a dynamic environment, and genuine teamwork. At the end of the project, teams present their analyses and recommendations to their sponsors and faculty in both a written report and a final presentation. To sponsors, MAP delivers real, data-driven solutions that can be implemented.
To students, MAP delivers a transformative educational experience. Sometimes, as in the real world, your team might have less time and information than you wish. How do you make decisions when the variables change? How do you bring a team together under duress? How do you lead when things go awry? Even when MAP projects run into obstacles, the combination of sponsor and faculty support ensures that the educational value is solid.