Goodwill Gets a Helping Hand from the Smith School
When Goodwill Industries International, Inc. needed a consultant, they turned to the Smith School’s Advisory and Collaborative Services. Goodwill is one of the world’s largest nonprofit providers of education, training and career services for people with physical, mental and emotional disabilities, as well as those with disadvantages such as welfare dependency, criminal history and lack of work experience.
Goodwill wanted to explore employment markets that involved the use of technology. They were particularly interested in the possibilities of document imaging services. “Our members view document imaging as a better opportunity than janitorial work, which is the core of our business currently,” says Doug Allen, Goodwill’s manager of contracts development. “A job using technology is very exciting to our constituents.”
Document imaging also had appeal because it offered job opportunities for Goodwill clients who struggle with severe disabilities. Before documents are processed they have to be unstapled and unclipped. Folds need to be smoothed out. This presents opportunities for those severely disabled individuals who might otherwise have a difficult time finding a job.
Through an MBA Consulting Project, Smith’s Advisory and Collaborative Services helped Goodwill flesh out their ideas, providing a tremendous amount of research and background information. Allen and Patrick Daniere, Goodwill’s director of membership development, worked with a consulting group comprised of second-year MBA students advised by one of Smith’s top-ranked faculty. “The consulting group helped us synthesize our knowledge and focus our future efforts,” says Allen. “One chart they produced helped me understand where Goodwill fit into the scope of the industry. It was a real eye-opener. We realized we were only playing in a certain-sized field, and that we could expand the field we were playing in. It was a very insightful analysis.”
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