The Community Business Project (CBP) combines community service with academic learning. The course engages Master of Management (MM) students in collaborative, real-world consulting projects with non-profits and social enterprises within the greater Vancouver community.
Learning about concepts in an isolated, theoretical manner is relatively simple. The real value and higher-level learning is developed through integration and application of the concepts to real and often messy problems, in a team environment. The CBP is meant to simulate this team-based, somewhat unstructured, cross functional environment that you will find in your careers post-graduation.
By the end of this course, students will be able to:
Manage an achievable project scope and timelines with an external client, faculty advisor and team members.
Apply foundational management skills including goal setting, project management, critical thinking, teamwork, problem solving, oral/written communication and presentation skills.
Apply academic and professional skills to provide research, analysis and strategic direction to help solve complex, business problems.
Demonstrate individual accountability and effective teamwork by delivering an insightful and actionable final report and presentation within the required timeframe.