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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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    1. GBP Solve Real Problems and Experience Real Success in Another Country

    2. Student teams providing strategic advice – leading to compelling and actionable plans…

    3. Develop and apply • cross-cultural communication • foreign language and • virtual teaming skills • while working on • real projects for real companies

    4. 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

    5. 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

    6. 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 6

    7. 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

    8. 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

    9. Kick-off weekend March 12 -1 4 in Washington DC Meet team members, faculty advisors and company representatives

    10. Team travel to destination countries last two weeks in May

    11. 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

    12. “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

    13. Applying, Matching, and Committing • 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

    14. 2009 Smith School GBP Participants 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

    15. For more information, visit: • 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

    16. GBP: Go for it!