MBA 2420 Consultancy Project

MBA 2420 Consultancy Project

Course code: 
MBA 2420
Department: 
Marketing
Credits: 
30
Course coordinator: 
Peter Jarnebrant
Course name in Norwegian: 
Consultancy Project
Product category: 
Executive
Portfolio: 
MBA China
Semester: 
2023 Autumn
Active status: 
Active
Level of study: 
Master
Teaching language: 
English
Course type: 
Two semesters
Introduction

The students shall, as part of the exams requirement, complete a Consultancy Project (CP). Students are expected to work on the CP in groups of two to four students. Exceptions are possible (with explicit prior approval), but experience indicates that group work creates better results and students are encouraged to create diverse working groups.

The topic of the CP should be an analysis and evaluation of a real life challenge (including problems as well as opportunities) facing an organisation. The students should choose the topic from their own company or a company that they have close connection to in order to facilitate access. The students should be able to observe and discuss the topic with people dealing with the challenge in the organisation. Applicable and relevant themes encountered in the MBA coursework should be discussed in the thesis, and the students should demonstrate their ability to apply the models, theories and methods that they have studied to a real situation.

Learning outcomes - Knowledge

The candidate should acquire better knowledge of how strategic issues can be addressed, and how problem solving should be conducted in a Chinese or multi-national organisation operating in China.

Learning outcomes - Skills

The students should learn how to conduct a research investigation into a business topic, and how to write a paper reporting their process, findings and conclusions, both according to scientific, evidence-based principles.

General Competence

The candidate can analyze managerial challenges using relevant academic, professional and ethical perspectives, and draw conclusions from the independent work conducted.

Course content

Teaching
There will be a one-day lecture on CP work and methodology at an early stage of the program. The lecture will cover the following topics:

  • How to conduct a CP
  • How to write a CP report
  • Phases in CP work
  • Critical evaluation of published articles
  • Introduction and problem formulation
  • Theory, research model, and hypotheses
  • Methods considerations and documentation
  • Analysis
  • Discussion, implications for practice and theory

Supervision
Supervision will be given to the students, by BI faculty, in person as well as electronically.

CP work schedule
A topic hand-in is requested at an early stage; a preliminary report will be submitted at the time of the second supervision; the CP will be presented orally late in the program. The deadline for handing in the written CP report will be approximately one month after the oral presentation.

Student presentation
Students will present their CP orally to the graders and fellow students before the final hand-in.

Teaching and learning activities

The CP work is continuous throughout the whole program.

The students are evaluated through a preliminary CP report, an oral presentation of the CP, and the final CP report.

MBA 24204 – Consultancy Project Preliminary Report; accounts for 10%.
MBA 24205 – Consultancy Project Oral Presentation; accounts for 35%
MBA 24206 – Consultancy Project Final Report; accounts for 55%

All three evaluations must be passed in order to fulfill the 30 credits of the MBA2420 course.

The course is a part of a full MBA and examination in all courses in the MBA programme must be passed in order to obtain a certificate for the MBA degree.

In all BI Executive courses and programmes, there is a mutual requirement for the student and the course responsible regarding the involvement of the student's experience in the planning and implementation of courses, modules and programmes. This means that the student has the right and duty to get involved with their own knowledge and practice relevance, through the active sharing of their relevant experience and knowledge.

Software tools
No specified computer-based tools are required.
Qualifications

Granted admission to the BI-Fudan MBA programme. Please consult our student regulations.

Disclaimer

Deviations in teaching and exams may occur if external conditions or unforeseen events call for this.

Exam categoryWeightInvigilationDurationGroupingComment exam
Exam category:
Submission
Form of assessment:
Written submission
Exam code:
MBA 24204
Grading scale:
ECTS
Grading rules:
Internal and external examiner
Resit:
Examination when next scheduled course
10No2 Semester(s)Group Preliminary thesis report, counts for 10% of the final grade.
Exam category:
Activity
Form of assessment:
Presentation
Exam code:
MBA 24205
Grading scale:
ECTS
Grading rules:
Internal and external examiner
Resit:
Examination when next scheduled course
35No -Group Oral presentation, counts for 35% of the final grade.
Exam category:
Submission
Form of assessment:
Written submission
Exam code:
MBA 24206
Grading scale:
ECTS
Grading rules:
Internal and external examiner
Resit:
Examination when next scheduled course
55No 4 Semester(s)Group Consultancy Report, counts 55% of the final grade
Exams:
Exam category:Submission
Form of assessment:Written submission
Weight:10
Invigilation:No
Grouping (size):Group
Duration:2 Semester(s)
Comment:Preliminary thesis report, counts for 10% of the final grade.
Exam code:MBA 24204
Grading scale:ECTS
Resit:Examination when next scheduled course
Exam category:Activity
Form of assessment:Presentation
Weight:35
Invigilation:No
Grouping (size):Group
Duration: -
Comment:Oral presentation, counts for 35% of the final grade.
Exam code:MBA 24205
Grading scale:ECTS
Resit:Examination when next scheduled course
Exam category:Submission
Form of assessment:Written submission
Weight:55
Invigilation:No
Grouping (size):Group
Duration: 4 Semester(s)
Comment:Consultancy Report, counts 55% of the final grade
Exam code:MBA 24206
Grading scale:ECTS
Resit:Examination when next scheduled course
Type of Assessment: 
Ordinary examination
All exams must be passed to get a grade in this course.
Total weight: 
100
Sum workload: 
0

A course of 1 ECTS credit corresponds to a workload of 26-30 hours. Therefore a course of 30 ECTS credit corresponds to a workload of at least 800 hours.