The Applied Management Research (AMR) program is the field study requirement of the Full-time MBA program and serves as the capstone course for second-year students. The Center for Global Management supports projects that focus on global social enterprise and community impact to broaden awareness among students of issues facing entrepreneurial development within emerging markets. 

Research grants are awarded to student teams based on project scope, depth of research and research methodology. The CGM provides research funding to enable students to conduct primary research - an integral component of the AMR project - which usually supports a field visit where teams travel in-country to conduct market surveys, interview key stakeholders, and conduct focus groups to understand the needs and demographics of customers, competitors and suppliers. Since 2006, approximately 63 global pro-social projects across Latin America, Asia, Africa and Oceania have been supported with more than $300,000 of funding benefitting around 300 students.The Center has also been a proud sponsor of the Chicago Booth and Zell Center Microfinance Conference and is a member of the Global Business School Network

For individuals and organizations interested in working with a team of students for a field study project, or sponsoring a project, please contact Chelsea Lucio in the AMR office. 

Timetable for Students

For a complete schedule for fall/winter and winter/spring teams, please visit the AMR website. For students interested in applying for CGM funding, a presentation must be made once the team's research plan is prepared for submission to the AMR office.  Please contact Lucy Allard for more information.

2013-2014 Teams 

During the 2013-14 academic year, of the total 74 teams completing an AMR project or BCO (business creation option), 20 teams (totaling 100 students) were engaged in projects that involved traveling to another country for primary research, while the projects of another five teams (totaling 25 students) were deemed to be “international” and to satisfy the international requirement of the Full-time MBA program as they each included a substantial component of international secondary research. In total, this comprised almost 35 percent of the class of 2014. During 2013-2014, the CGM supplemented research funding provided by the AMR office that allowed for 13 teams to carry out primary research for projects in Cambodia, Cameroon, Chile, Ecuador, Ethiopia, India, Italy, Kenya, Mexico, Mongolia, Philippines, Tanzania and Uganda. Other teams traveled to Mexico, Spain, and France.

Albert Einstein School of Medicine - Ethiopia

Improving breast cancer care in Ethiopia - Recommending a self-sustainable business model for the Hawassa Breast Cancer Clinic

Conservation International - Galapagos Ecuador

Developing a financial model to communicate potential investment returns within the Galapagos lobster fisher

Conservation international- Galera, San Francisco - Ecuador

Analyzing the market and developing a value chain for artisanal fisheries to capitalize on current market conditions

Global Wellness - Cameroon

Analyzing the impacts of industrial logging in Cameroon

Intra Health - Kenya

Stregnthening systems and improving distribution of healthcare services in Kenya

Mercy Corps - Uganda

Developing a sustainable retail distribution model to bring socially beneficial goods to dispersed communities in Uganda

Out and Equal - Italy and India

Workplace Equality On A Global Scale: Developing A Strategy and Operating Model for Global Expansion

Vittana - Phillipines

Growing the presence of microfinance driven student loans in higher education in the Phillipines

2012-2013 Teams (Click to expand)

During the 2012-13 academic year, of the total 77 teams completing an AMR project or BCO (business creation option), 17 had an international research component. The CGM provided funding to seven teams to carry out primary research for projects in Uganda, Tanzania, Liberia, Peru, India and the Philippines. Other student teams traveled to China and Suriname and researched topics such as Hepatitis B awareness and sustainable water programs. 


Assessing the Feasibility of Launching
a Micro-Investment Product in India. 
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Analyzing the Global Health Market in
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Analyzing the Potential of the Industrial Logging Sector and Alternative Forest
Uses in Liberia.
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Agricultural Technology and Financing Assessment in Peru. 
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Labor Market Analysis and Review of Student Loan Demand and Assessment Process in the Philippines.
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2011-2012 Teams (Click to expand)

During the 2011-2012 academic year, the center sponsored six teams who carried out research projects in China, Peru, Brazil, and the South Pacific island nations of Kiribati and Vanuatu. Two AMR teams worked with a client organization that is a network of microfinance organizations working in Fiji, Samoa and Tonga, in the South Pacific. It is dedicated to eradicating poverty by empowering women in poor rural villages with the opportunity to start, grow and maintain sustainable, income generating micro-enterprises. One team prepared a market entry strategy for the organization to enter Kiribati, and another team analyzed whether the client organization should enter the microfinance market in Vanuatu or acquire an existing microfinance institution. 

AMR Team - Brazil

 AMR Team - China

AMR Team Kiribati

AMR Team - Peru

AMR Team Vanuatu