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Interested in doing a project with the Centre for Operations Excellence (COE)? First take a look at the frequently asked questions (FAQs) about COE industry projects.

For more information or to start a COE project, contact Stuart Donald, COE Managing Director, at 604.822.9711 or stuart.donald@coe.ubc.ca.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How long does a COE industry project take and when does it take place?
  2. Who participates in the industry project?
  3. Do I hire the MM student as an intern or co-op student for the industry project?
  4. Where does the COE project team work?
  5. How much involvement is required from me?
  6. Can I see what kind of work the COE has done in the past?
  7. Do I have to pay for a COE industry project?

1. How long does a COE industry project take and when does it take place?

The COE industry project is generally conducted during the period of April to August each year. However, there are exceptions to this and we can accommodate certain projects to be conducted in a different time frame.

2. Who participates in the industry project?

On the COE side, the project team consists of an MM student as lead analyst, a project advisor (a COE staff member), a faculty advisor (usually a professor at the Sauder School), and one or more technical analysts (usually UBC students employed by the COE to help with technical tasks such as programming or data analysis). On the industry partner side, the team also includes the executive sponsor, the project contact person and other staff members who may be helpful to the project.

3. Do I hire the MM student as an intern or co-op student for the industry project?

No. Under the COE industry project arrangement, the MM student works for the COE. As part of the COE project team, he or she acts as a consultant for the project, working closely with your organization.

4. Where does the COE project team work?

The COE project team works in the COE located on the fourth floor of the David Lam Management Research Centre in the Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia (Point Grey campus). Often, the team visits partner company sites and offices to meet with subject matter experts, gather data and attend project meetings.

5. How much involvement is required from me?

To ensure success of an industry project, active participation from the industry partner organization is important. Different individuals from your organization may participate differently depending on the need in the project. Your executive sponsor and project contact or both may regularly attend project update meetings with the COE, and other staff members related to the project at your organization can help with interviews and data collection conducted by the COE team.

6. Can I see what kind of work the COE has done in the past?

Yes. Please visit Completed Projects on our website for an overview of projects we have done. Then come and visit us, or have us visit you!

7. Do we have to pay for a COE industry project?

Yes. Our aim through a COE project is to add significant value to your organization. To that end we pay for permanent employees, support students and maintain equipment. However, we are a cost-recovery organization and all fees return to the COE to support with the education of the MM students.