UNC Kenan-Flagler's MBA programs are at the forefront of consulting education. Our Management Consulting concentration is designed to teach foundational skills in an experiential environment. Students learn analytical and strategic thinking, team leadership and client management skills through real-world client engagements. The focus on experiential learning ensures that MBA@UNC students are prepared to have an immediate impact in consulting roles within organizations using their enhanced problem solving skill set.
A Curriculum Based on Experiential Learning
Courses within this concentration are designed to develop team problem solving skills with the primary application coming from our STAR and STAR Global programs. These hands-on programs — in which students learn by doing as they take on the role of consultants to real companies — provides participants the ability to apply what they've learned in real-time, results-focused settings.
MBA@UNC enables professionals to tailor their educational experience by selecting any combination of available elective courses. Recommended elective courses for the Management Consulting concentration are:
Consulting is a course designed to provide MBA students with immediately usable tools for any team problem solving situation. The core consulting skill training will focus on the all-important “TAP” skills (teamwork, analysis, and presentations) and will introduce the TEAM FOCUS framework which covers the following aspects of team problem solving – Talk, Evaluate, Assist, Motivate, Frame, Organize, Collect, Understand and Synthesize. We will also cover a few of the most critical high level functional frameworks used by top consulting firms today. The course is geared toward any students considering a career in consulting (or other team oriented career track).
(2 Credit Hours)
This course covers the fundamentals of corporate-level strategy as opposed to business-level strategy. “Business-level” (business) strategy deals with achieving and sustaining a competitive advantage in a discrete and identifiable business. “Corporate-level” (corporate) strategy deals with the way a company creates value through the selection of a portfolio of businesses and the configuration and coordination of these businesses. The major topics we will cover are diversification (related and unrelated), vertical integration, restructuring, synergy, alliance strategy, and global strategy.
(2 Credit Hours)
This course is intended to introduce you to management models and help you explore how to manage innovations in 21st century organizations, especially in an economically challenging environment. The objective is to examine how the most innovative organizations around the globe excel at exploring, executing, and exploiting innovations with an eye toward superior performance. The major topics in the course include: cultivating a culture for innovation, instilling appropriate structures to foster innovation, leveraging creative human capital, and designing “open” innovation processes.
(4 Credit Hours)
Most MBA graduates will spend a significant portion of their career taking part in and leading projects. The use of projects in organizations is only increasing. In many areas, ranging from consulting and investment banking to product development and service delivery, organizations deliver their primary output through projects. In other organizations, projects are used to implement strategic decisions. Also, projects provide an opportunity for high-potential individuals to hone and prove their capability prior to taking on the responsibility of managing a larger business. In this course we will examine a range of contexts – e.g., outsourcing, product development, geographic expansion, construction, merger integration – to help students become familiar with the tools and concepts of effective project management.
(2 Credit Hours)