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Thunderbird applied learning courses enable students to actively apply course material to real-world, real-time organizational challenges. Thunderbird’s for-credit, applied learning courses are:
Student consultants are competitively selected, culturally adaptive, smart and motivated. Through participation in our applied learning courses, students acquire real-world experience, learn to work in cross-cultural teams, gain insights into new functions and industries and get strong resume building experiences.
Thunderbird’s Emerging Markets Laboratory (TEM Lab) is a five credit, client-facing, project-based capstone course that involves a five-week immersion in an emerging market around the world. Projects are tailored to the business needs of the client and provide sophisticated data and market analysis, strategy recommendations and practical, effective plans for sustained growth.
Note: TEM Lab is an elective course open to Thunderbird’s Master of Global Management students. The Lab is a competitive, application-based program.
During a TEM Lab experience, students will:
Past TEM Lab projects include:
Myanmar: Developed sourcing opportunities for glass and tableware products.
Romania: Created domestic and international marketing and sales strategies for metal fabricator.
Angola: Evaluated and made strategic recommendations for Esso Angola’s Rural Development Program.
Tunisia: Constructed incubator plan and sustainability strategy for community development organization.
Thunderbird’s Executive Emerging Markets Laboratory (Executive TEM Lab) is a two-credit, client-facing, project-based capstone course that involves a one-week immersion in an emerging market. Projects are tailored to the business needs of the client and provide sophisticated data and market analysis, strategy recommendations and practical, effective plans for sustained growth.
During an Executive TEM Lab experience students will:
Past Executive TEM Lab projects include:
Thailand: Conducted feasibility study for high pressure processing strategy for coconut water.
Portugal: Developed hydroponic marketing strategy for geographic growth and innovation.
Philippines: Determined business strategy for disease testing kits.
Colombia: Designed Commercialization strategy for “waste” by-products for fruit processing company.
Thunderbird’s Global Consulting Laboratory (GCL) is a three-unit client-facing, project-based capstone course that involves a three-week immersion in an emerging market. Projects are tailored to the business needs of the client and provide sophisticated data and market analysis, strategy recommendations and practical, effective plans for sustained growth.
NOTE: GCL is an elective course open to Thunderbird’s Master of Arts in Global Affairs and Management students. The Lab is a competitive, application-based program.
During a GCL experience students will:
Past GCL projects include:
Peru: Developed regional expansion and commercialization plan for health products.
Ecuador: Operationalized market upgrade strategy for tape products in Andes region.
The Global Organizational Consulting, a 3-credit, client-facing, semester-long course, gives students an overview of the consulting industry and the role of a management consultant. While working directly with a client organization, students simultaneously learn in the classroom and become familiar with the tools and techniques used during a consulting engagement, including project entry, problem definition, intervention planning, data collection, problem solving, alternative generation, feedback, project exit, client relations skills and project management.
Note: The Consulting Practicum is an elective course open to Thunderbird’s Master of Global Management and Master of Arts in Global Affairs and Management students. The course is a competitive, application-based program.
Students in the Global Consulting Practicum will:
Past Consulting Practicum projects include:
Helped develop 3M’s omnichannel marketing strategy in the Andes region of South America.
Enhanced IBM’s global knowledge transfer across the company’s international sales teams.
Created a model for Esri’s strategic expansion into emerging markets.
Developed model to increase pipeline efficiency and access to capital for under-capitalized businesses.
Constructed a path to increased sustainability for the DNASU Sequencing Core Facility.
We’ve just announced our inaugural Alumni TEM Lab in Bogota, Colombia (July 30 - August 5, 2017). Select Thunderbird alumni will travel to Bogota to consult with SMEs through Emprende País, a Colombian business accelerator.
Alumni Consultants will experience Colombia through unique interactions with Thunderbird faculty and other alumni, and by working through the SMEs’ growth challenges. Challenges may be related to subjects such as marketing & sales strategy, organizational structure, operations, or strategic initiatives. Consultants will be immersed in client organizations—focused on discovery, analysis and feedback around their clients’ defined business challenges—as well as the local business and cultural climate.
Thunderbird faculty will provide expert content on the South American business environment and on-call support to alumni consultants.