Need a Fresh Insight? Consult a Durham Graduate

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AS part of its international MBA programme, Durham Business School offers its full-time MBA students the opportunity to opt out of the traditional academic dissertation and, instead, work in partnership with companies on a real business issue via an MBA business project.

As well as contributing to the development of Durham's MBA students, this popular initiative provides the perfect opportunity for businesses to receive organisationspecific fresh insights and recommendations on a strategic business issue of their choice.

Offering benefits to both organisation and student alike, projects take place from June to September and can focus on any relevant business or management issue across any job function, for example finance, HR, operations, marketing, etc.

For students, business projects provide the opportunity to work in partnership with a company on a real business issue and enable them to put into practice the knowledge and skills they have learnt during their studies.

There is no charge made to the host organisation, they simply provide an appropriate project, a contact person/mentor, access to relevant company information and reasonable expenses (such as travel and accommodation, if needed).

In exchange the company receives objective recommendations addressing their specific issue, access to international expertise, leadingedge research and networks, tangible business outcomes and the sharing and transfer of knowledge and skills from the MBA programme.

MBA business projects have been an option for Durham's MBA students for several years. Topics have been varied and have included ...

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