Client Roles & Time Commitment
project must have an executive-level champion. The champion may assign
another individual, often a direct report, to be the contact person with the
students. This contact person should have sufficient 'clout' to open doors
to other knowledge centers inside and outside the organization. The client's
contact person should not be a clerical or administrative staff member. A
backup contact person should be identified to prevent continuity loss should
the primary contact leave the project for any reason (transfer,
reassignment, extended travel, etc).
The primary contact person in the client organization should be available to
commit one to two hours per week assisting the student team during the
course of the project. This will normally take the form of meeting
attendance, phone, and e-mail communication. Student access to this person
is vital to the project success; therefore they should be assigned or
designated with availability in mind.
The executive champion and relevant peers should expect to spend an hour
or so with the team and faculty advisor at an initial meeting confirming
project scope and expectations. Subsequent meetings at the executive level
will be limited to a mid-project progress report and final oral presentation
at the end of the semester. Total senior management commitment time rarely
exceeds five to six hours over the 14-week project term.
PROJECT SELECTION & FEES
Each year Smith selects a limited number of MBA consulting
projects for this program. Projects generally run in the fall semester. The
client organization agrees to cover any project expenses.