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GBP Solve Real Problems and Experience Real Success in Another Country. Student teams providing strategic advice – leading to compelling and actionable plans …. Develop and apply cross-cultural communication foreign language and virtual teaming skills while working on

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GBP

Solve Real Problems and Experience Real Success in Another Country


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Student teams

providing strategic advice –

leading to compelling and

actionable plans…


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  • Develop and apply

    • cross-cultural communication

    • foreign language and

    • virtual teaming skills

  • while working on

    • real projects for real companies


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  • U.S. or foreign company

  • GBP Kick-off Weekend in Washington, DC (March 12-14)

  • Team members are MBAs from GBP Consortium Schools

  • Weekly virtual meetings mid-March to end of April

  • Travel to target country (May 14 – 29)

  • Interaction is often in a language other than English

  • Students pay $2750 course fee (minus CIBER fellowship), plus transportation to target country


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Student teams and faculty drawn from:

Columbia, Duke, George Washington, Purdue, San Diego State, Temple, Kansas,Maryland, U Conn, U of Hawaii, U of Wisconsin, UNC & Pittsburgh


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Brazil projects: led by U Kansas CIBER Poland projects: led by Maryland CIBER

China projects: led by UNC CIBER Japan projects: led by Temple CIBER

New in 2010 Russia projects: led by DUKE CIBER

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  • Timeline:

    • Students apply online until November 15, 2009

    • Team and project assignments issued by the first part of December

      • commitment and deposit due by December 15th.

    • Language learning January – April

      • initial assessment in early January

    • Kick-off weekend in Washington, DC March 12-14 , 2010

      • language evaluation

      • team building

      • project scoping


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  • Timeline - continued:

    • Virtual teamwork, through the rest of March and April

      • Project Leaders meet weekly with Advisors & team

      • Team meets with client at least every 3 weeks

      • Final language evaluation done

    • Team travel to destination country May 14 – May 29, 2010

      • Hub City Weekend (China, Japan, Poland & Russia: May14-16; Brazil: May 15-17)

      • In-Country Project Work May 17th/18th through May 29th

      • Presentation to client May 29th

    • Final hard copy report due by end of June


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Kick-off weekend March 12 -1 4 in Washington DC

Meet team members, faculty advisors and company representatives



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  • Past projects included

    • A NC lumber manufacturer needing customers in China

    • A global leader in biometric authentication software wanting help to improve its overall business in Brazil

    • A city in Japan exploring ways to promote their old town as a tourist destination

    • A Polish-American company in Krakow wanting to expand their presence in Eastern and Western Europe


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“The GBP offered me a truly international consulting experience;it was the best fit from among the programs at Kenan-Flagler to prepare me for any future global opportunity.” – Greg Baker, KFBS MBA 2009


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  • Applying, Matching, and Committing experience;

    • November 15, 2009: Application deadline

    • Early December: Selection notifications & team assignments

    • By December 15th: Student commitment ($500 deposit due)

    • By January 15th: Program Fee Balance due


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2009 Smith School GBP Participants experience;

Cat Corsocatherine.corso@rhsmith.umd.edu

Brian Davis brian.davis@rhsmith.umd.edu

Jeff Hongchia-chieh.hong@rhsmith.umd.edu

Jason Rusten jasonrusten@gmail.com

Puja Samria puja.samria@rhsmith.umd.edu

Neil Vora neil.vora@rhsmith.umd.edu


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  • For more information, visit: experience;

    • http://www.kenan-flagler.unc.edu/ki/ciber/GBP/

  • Or contact Karen Watts, Smith School CIBER Assistant Director at:

    • kwatts@rhsmith.umd.edu

  • To apply, go to:

  • http://www.kenan-flagler.unc.edu/Programs/BusinessProjectsStudents/index.cfm?e=gbp


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GBP: Go for it! experience;