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Current Opportunity - Operations and Logisitics Help!
Goodman MBA Students are available to area non-profits and small for-profits (under 10 employees) this winter. Teams of students (4-5) will be participating in a service-learning partnership with area businesses for the purpose analyzing a problem or challenge that organizations are experiencing with their operations or logistics and will provide solutions to address the challenge.
Example: are you trying to improve wait times for service (at the checkout, in a waiting room, getting through a referral process etc.)?
Example: are you trying to reduce your inventory carrying cost by lowering your inventory levels?
Example: are you trying to get your product out the door into your client’s hands most cost effectively? with fewer steps or faster process?
Example: Would you like to provide a more customized or higher quality solution to your client/customer and want help to determine what that would require?
Example: would you like some help in getting your projects done on time and on budget?
General Example: Would you like help to improve efficiency, reduce cost, reduce time, or increase quality in any area of your organization?
How this works
First site visit: The student team will meet with the community partner to determine the key issues/concerns that management has involving their operations or logistics. This interview is to uncover the background information, what management thinks is the best way to address the problem or how they’ve attempted to respond in the past and to define the scope of the challenge.
Second site visit: Then the students will research the challenge and return to their Community Partner with detailed questions and ideas for the development of a customized solution.
Subsequent communication will be by phone and/or email.
At the end of term, you will be invited to attend a presentation by your team to their peers. If you cannot attend to receive their final report then it will be submitted to you electronically.
Projects are tied to a student’s overall course mark and must be completed within a 2-month time period, and must be managed around varying student schedules. We ask our partners to ensure timely transfer of information and flexibility in coordinating meetings to support project success. This is an introductory course and the students cannot be considered subject experts. You will need to use your own judgment in implementing their solutions.
Organizations interested in participating can submit an e-mail of interest to:
Gillian Kemp, Relationship Manager: email@example.com 
The e-mail should BRIEFLY include information about the organization, the operations or logistical challenge, and appropriate contact information. LIMITED numbers of partnerships available.