At a research university such as UCLA, a highly effective means of increasing global content of courses is through the support of the global reserach of faculty, Ph.D. and MBA students. The Center for Global Management provides seed funding to support UCLA Anderson faculty and doctoral students in developing global research and courses with business and management relevance that advances global management thinking and addresses topics related to global management and economic issues, international relations or issues of global/regional cooperation .
The Global Access Program (GAP) is a six-month mandatory field study and the capstone expereince for the Fully Employed MBA program. It is a boot camp experience that challenges future MBAs to prove their ability to execute and bring structure to an unstructured problem. All GAP projects carry a technology focus. Non-technology companies and not-for-profit organizations qualify based on how they plan to leverage technology for strategic communication or to implement their programs. Each GAP team must write an investment-quality business plan, backed with a tremendous amount of primary and secondary research, to present to industry experts and investors at the end of the program in December each year.
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 students' awareness of issues facing entrepreneurial development within emerging markets.
To strengthen student engagement in the intellectual life of the school and faculty, in addition to supporting doctoral students, the CGM also provides funding to support MBA students to serve as research assistants to faculty to support global research and new course development, as well as international executive prorgams.