International Business Agility Labs

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

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. 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.

More information about 2021-2022 IB Agility Labs, including eligibility, dates, and application instructions will be available soon. 

Each IB Agility Lab will feature:

  • Students placed on mixed multinational teams
  • Introduction to doing business in the country of focus
  • Virtual student mixer
  • Virtual cultural activity
  • Live case from a company based outside the U.S.

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. More information about 2021-2022 IB Agility Labs will be available soon.

Please see below news stories about the previous IB Agility Labs.

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.

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.

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.

This event is sponsored in part by CIBE, a Title VI grant from the U.S. Department of Education. 

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