Applied Management Research (AMR)

The Center for Global Management supports projects focused on global social enterprise and community impact to broaden students’ awareness of issues facing entrepreneurial development within emerging markets.

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. 

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 one or two primary research field visits where teams travel in-country to perform market surveys, interview key stakeholders and conduct focus groups to understand the needs and demographics of customers, competitors and suppliers, as well as comprehend governmental policies. Since the 2012-13 cacdemic year, the CGM has supported over 45 global projects across Latin America, Asia, Africa, Europe and Oceania with more than $215,000 of funding benefitting around 240 students.

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.

2016-2017 Teams

During the 2016-17 academic year, among the 76 teams completing an AMR project or BCO (business creation option), 13 AMR teams were engaged in an international project (totaling 64 students), which included 7 non-profit projects of which the CGM awarded funding to 6 teams. Besides the six teams that the CGM supported, an additional 7 AMR teams were engaged in projects that involved traveling to another country for primary research. The projects of 5 BCO teams (totaling 18 students) were also deemed to be “international” and satisfy the global requirement of the full-time MBA program, as they each included a substantial component of international secondary research. Taken together, almost 25 percent of the full-time MBA Class of 2017 participated in an international field study project. The CGM supplemented research funding provided by the AMR office and supported 6 AMR teams who conducted primary research for projects in Chile, Ecuador, Guatemala, Indonesia, Myanmar, Nigeria, the Philippines, South Africa and Thailand.


Conservation International, Ecuador

Creating Economic Incentives for Participation in Conservation Efforts by Fishing Communities in Ecuador

Human Sciences Research Council, South Africa

Identifying a Sustainable, Scalable Business Model to Provide Screening, Treatment and Education on Non-Communicable Diseases to an Underserved, Rural Community in South Africa

International Labor Organization – Fragile Zones, Southeast Asia

Developing a Strategic Framework to Promote Foreign Investment and Local Employment in Conflict Affected Zones in Southeast Asia

Nigerian Export Promotion Council, Nigeria

Developing a Strategy to Broaden Nigeria’s Non-Oil Exports to the U.S. and Leverage the African Growth Opportunity Act

Strategies for International Development, Guatemala

Developing a Marketing Plan and Mock Audit of SID’s Operations to Better Promote the Eradication of Rural Poverty Among Farmers in Guatemala

2015-2016 Teams

During the 2015–16 academic year, among the 71 teams completing an AMR project or BCO (business creation option), 24 teams were engaged in an international project (totaling 118 students), of which the CGM supported 17 teams. Twenty-two teams were engaged in projects that involved traveling to another country for primary research, while the projects of another two teams (totaling nine students) were deemed to be “international” and satisfied the global requirement of the full-time MBA program, as they each included a substantial component of international secondary research. Almost 35 percent of the Class of 2016 participated in an international field study project. The CGM supplemented research funding provided by the AMR office that allowed for 17 AMR teams to carry out primary research for projects in Bali, Chile, China, Ghana, Guatemala, India, Kenya, Marshall Islands, Nepal, Peru, Singapore, South Africa, Thailand, Uganda, the United Kingdom and Zambia.


Kopernik, Bali

Recommendations on Launching a Social Enterprise to Develop Effective Waste Management Solutions in Bali

Republic of Zambia, Zambia

Developing Business Tools to Assist the Zambian Government to Increase Trade with the United States Via the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act

Strategies for International Development, Guatemala

Identifying Operational Recommendations and Process Improvements to Eradicate Rural Poverty and Improve Income for Coffee Farmers in Guatemala

FINCA Peru

Identifying New Financial and Non-Financial Products and Services for FINCA Peru’s Rural Farming Clients to Empower Communities

Mercy Corps, Nepal

Developing a Strategy to Enable Pashmina Producers to Increase Exports to U.S. Markets and Increase Economic Development in Nepal

Bertha Center for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Solution Space, University of Cape Town, South Africa

Fostering Entrepreneurship – A Gap Analysis and Scalability Viability Study for a Social Entrepreneurship Incubator in South Africa

2014-2015 Teams

During the 2014-15 academic year, of the total 75 teams completing an AMR project or BCO (business creation option), 23 teams were engaged in an international project (totaling 115 students). 20 teams were engaged in projects that involved traveling to another country for primary research, while the projects of another 3 teams (totaling 15 students) were deemed to be “international” and to satisfy the global requirement of the MBA program as they each included a substantial component of international secondary research. In total, this comprises almost 32% percent of the class of 2015.During 2014-15, the CGM supplemented research funding provided by the AMR office that allowed for 10 AMR teams and one Anderson Strategy Group team to carry out primary research for projects in Australia, Brazil, Ethiopia, Fiji and Samoa, India, Kenya, Morocco, Peru, Uganda, UK and Vietnam.


Simpatica - Peru

How Simpatica Should Vertically Integrate its' Avocado Supply Chain

Agastya - India

Maintaining a High Quality Classroom at Scale to Economically Disadvantaged Children in Rural India

Center for Maternal & Newborn Health - United Kingdom

Sustainable Growth and Funding Strategies for the Centre of Maternal & Newborn Health, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine

Albert Einstein College of Medicine - Ethiopia & Uganda

Recommendations for Developing the Hawassa University Referral Hospital Breast Cancer Unit as a Model of Oncology Care

UCLA School of Nursing - Kenya

Piloting a Mhealth Project in Kenya to Reduce Maternal Mortality

Sports and Social Change - Brazil

Increasing Access to Adaptive Sports - Impact of 3D Printing

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

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 Uganda.

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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

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

Case Studies

Nigerian Export Promotion Council, Nigeria Developing a Strategy to Broaden Nigeria’s Non-Oil Exports to the U.S. and Leverage the African Growth Opportunity Act
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International Labor Organization – Fragile Zones, Southeast Asia Developing a Strategic Framework to Promote Foreign Investment and Local Employment in Conflict Affected Zones in Southeast Asia
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Conservation International, Ecuador Creating Economic Incentives for Participation in Conservation Efforts by Fishing Communities in Ecuador
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