Darden Center for Global Initiatives

Global Field Client Information

Global Field Experiences facilitate collaboration between Darden MBA students and organizations facing a pressing international business challenge.  These challenges are current and relevant to the overall success or growth of the organization.  They are generally not re-occurring issues or projects that do not have an impact on the organization.

Darden students receive academic credit if chosen to consult with a client through a GFE.  Students are organized into small teams (2-4 members) and work closely with Darden faculty to provide remote and/or virtual consulting to solve a client's current business challenge. Students are also required to visit the client location in order to scope the issue, build on-the-ground knowledge, and/or provide deliverables and discuss solutions with the client.

Client Benefits

  • Gain a cost-efficient, realistic analysis or solution to a current business issue
  • Access to a team devoted and motivated to focus exclusively on one particular challenge
  • Benefit from outside and diverse perspectives examining the challenge from multiple angles
  • Develop relationships with future business leaders, who are specifically interested in your industry, country, and region
  • Opportunity to learn from the students as they learn from you, providing mutually beneficial collaboration and cross-cultural engagement
  • Results from a team that has been mentored by top Darden faculty

Student Benefits

  • Gain additional experience solving real-world problems and enjoy the ability to affect real change
  • Hone international leadership and cross-cultural skill sets
  • Learn to navigate remote business relationships and to work in a small virtual team
  • Work under the guidance of a client in addition to a faculty member

If your organization has a pressing global business challenge and you would like to work with a Darden innovation team, please submit a project proposal form.

For more information, please contact:

Kate Beach
Assistant Director for Global Engagement
Darden Center for Global Initiatives
beachk@darden.virginia.edu
1+434-243-2198

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