International Business Agility Labs

International Business Agility Labs

Develop your business resilience and gain hands-on case experience working with students around the world.

Eligibility

Open to sophomore, junior, and senior undergraduate business majors and business minors, though geared to those majoring in the respective functional area of business. This program is open to Smith School students and students from Smith international partner institutions.

Dates

Fall 2020 and spring 2021.

How to Apply

Registration is now closed for fall 2020 IB agility labs. Applications for spring 2021 labs will open in November 2020.

As part of the #KeepGlobalSmith campaign, the Center for Global Business thrilled to announce the new and innovative International Business (IB) Agility Labs. Through these labs, students will gain multiple global perspectives in a fast-paced, intensive, and hands-on competition while working on a real global business issue.

The IB Agility Labs are short-term virtual case challenges that allow undergraduate students to learn from global business leaders, collaborate with international peers, and focus on business resilience. During these [4-5] day experiences, students will benefit from exposure to an international company, work on teams with business students around the world, and gain hands-on case experience to build their resumes and CVs. These labs are offered at no cost to students. 

Each IB Agility Lab will feature:

  • Students placed on mixed multinational teams
  • Introduction to doing business in the country of focus
  • Virtual student mixer
  • Optional virtual cultural activity
  • Live case from an international company

Each IB Agility Lab will focus on a functional area of business and will feature a live case from a company based outside the U.S.

Six IB Agility Labs

  1. Marketing

    Application closed.

    Country Focus: Lisbon, Portugal
    Orientation: October 23
    Competition: October 28-31

  2. Accounting

    Application closed.

    Country Focus: Singapore
    Orientation: November 6
    Competition: November 11-14

  3. Analytics and Information Systems

    Application closed.

    Country Focus: Bangalore, India
    Orientation: November 13
    Competition: November 18-21

  4. Finance

    Spring 2021

  5. Management and Entrepreneurship

    Spring 2021

  6. Supply Chain Management

    Spring 2021

About the Case

The live case for each lab will be from a company based outside of the U.S. and the topic will vary depending on the functional area of business. Students will hear directly from business leaders about the business problem before presenting their analysis and recommendations to the company and panel of judges.

Please check back soon for more information about potential cases for each lab.

Agility Labs Format

The IB Agility Labs are designed with today’s global business professionals in mind, emphasizing the ability to overcome challenges and be resourceful when faced with difficult situations. Participants will need to work effectively across borders in these fast-paced global business challenges.

Each IB Agility Lab will be completely virtual and will include synchronous and asynchronous sessions. Round one of the competition will be a recorded presentation submission and round two of the competition (final round) will be live. The timing of each lab will vary based on the time zones of the company and the participants. All students will be expected to adapt to working across time zones, as this is the reality of doing business across borders.

Example of International Business Agility Lab Schedule

Orientation
4-5 days prior to lab
  • Overview of rules and schedule
  • Economic overview of the country
  • Student networking and meet your teammates
  • Teams receive case
Day 1
  • Welcome ceremony
  • Presentation of company and case
Day 2
  • Round 1: Submit recorded presentation
  • Finalists announced
Day 3
  • Round 2: Live final presentations
Day 4
  • Winner announced
  • Optional cultural activity

Please note that this schedule is only an example. The final lab schedule will be announced directly to participants and is subject to change.

Information for International Partners

The Robert H. Smith School of Business is proud to partner with esteemed business schools around the world. If you are from a Global Business School Network (GBSN) member school or a Maryland Smith international exchange partner and would like more information about the International Business Agility Labs please email Greg Rafal, assistant director of CGB, at grafal@umd.edu.

Questions?

Email smithglobal@umd.edu.

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