Global EMBA for the Americas - Management Practicum

Information for Companies


The UCLA Anderson Management Practicum provides organizations around the world an opportunity to engage a team of experienced professionals who are students in the Global Executive MBA for the Americas program. The student team will address the organization's key strategic business issues and develop a comprehensive, independent strategic plan. The management practicum matches companies and organizations in the United States and around the world with five to six UCLA Anderson Executive MBA students in their final year of study. The student teams represent a cross-section of business functions and specialties, such as marketing, finance, technology and operations. Enrolled in UCLA Anderson's Global Executive MBA for the Americas program, the students, each of whom has an average of 13 years' professional experience, collectively contribute an estimated 800 hours to the strategic plan for each company.

The Executive MBA students and company representatives agree on a scope of work that will result in a complete and in-depth strategic consulting report at the behest of an organization's management.

The plan may involve:

• Launching a product or service into an existing or adjacent new market

• Developing a new strategic direction for an organization

• Providing an in-depth analysis of an organization's restructuring, reorganization or acquisition plans

The strategic plans generally incorporate financial, marketing, operational and strategic recommendations based on extensive primary and secondary research that the team conducts. The plans can include an analysis of the organization's value proposition in relation to the competitive environment.

Company Selection Criteria and Investment Requirements

• An identified need by the company or a division of the company

• Participation by senior company executives with extensive business experience

• Commitment to managing personal time to enable successful program

• Product/service currently generating revenue

• Customer validation of products or services

• Full access to strategic and financial data

• Interview with practicum director to define preliminary project scope

• $10,000 program fee (includes a research and travel budget for the team)


Management Practicum Online Company Application: Access Here

Recent Company Participants

Companhia Siderúrgica Nacional (CSN)

Empresas ICA


General Electric

Hewlett Packard


Johnson & Johnson

Kaiser Permanente









List includes companies from various Executive MBA teams

Student Profile
      Average years of work experience: 13
      Country of Origin:
           Brazil: 18%
           Chile: 18%
           India: 6%
           Iran: 6%
           Mexico: 12%
           Nicaragua: 6%
           Venezuela: 6%

Application Deadline December 10, 2014
Practicum Launch February 2015
Final Presentations August 2015 UCLA Anderson School of Management in Los Angeles, California


Global EMBA for the Americas