Prof Highlights Benefits of the 601 at MBA Roundtable Webinar
Ingo Holzinger, Director of the Schulich Strategy Field Study, or “601”, recently shared his insights during “Online Experiential Education in the MBA Curriculum”. The online webinar was co-hosted by the MBA Roundtable as well as Riipen, a platform that connects employers and companies with experiential learning projects offered at universities.
“The Strategy Field Study differentiates Schulich and is something we should be proud of,” said Holzinger. “There are not many business schools that have real-world experiential projects that have been around as long and are as intense and comprehensive as the 601.”
Through the 601 students gain important practical experience, offering real value to client organizations by providing an outside perspective and conducting research. The client organizations gain value through the students’ findings and recommendations, while also contributing to the development of young business professionals.
During the current global pandemic, Schulich was able to able to recruit more companies than needed through outreach to our professional network and through Riipen. All projects are going ahead with student team and client organizations connecting virtually.
Joining Professor Holzinger during the webinar were panel members Daniela Pico, Director, External Relations, at Riipen and Danielle Morin, Professor, Supply Chain and Business Technology Management, at the John Molson School of Business at Concordia. The panelists shared takeaways of designing and running experiential learning projects and using Riipen to recruit and work with client sites.
Participants were able to ask questions through the event organizer, Jeff Bieganek, Executive Director, MBA Roundtable. Participants’ questions covered top tips for starting an experiential learning project, the anticipated workload for students and instructors, whether there is a support network to assist with the projects and how to prepare students.
“I got the impression that the organizers, panel members and audience were seriously impressed by what we do at Schulich,” said Professor Holzinger.