At a research university such as UCLA, a highly effective means of increasing global content of courses is through the support of research opportunities for faculty and doctoral students. The Center for Global Management provides seed funding for UCLA Anderson faculty and doctoral students to support global research and course development that address topics related to global management, economic issues, international relations or issues of global/regional cooperation with business and management relevance.
The Global Access Program (GAP) serves as a change-agent for students and corporations, as well as foreign nations through enhanced economic development. This six-month mandatory field study project pairs teams of final year Fully Employed MBA students with international technology companies. Each team is tasked with researching the potential for new foreign market penetration on behalf of its client and develops an investment-quality business plan.
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.
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 work with faculty on their global research projects, case studies and course development.