This exercise and its accompanying handouts, designed to be used in courses for non-MBA audiences that explore aspects of entrepreneurship, guide students through the development of their very own business plan. From researching and deciding on a business concept, to developing prospective customer profiles and understanding target markets, to creating financial and operations projections, this se
This exercise helps students practice bringing vulnerability, compassion, and curiosity to a discussion. Over two rounds, groups of students are asked to both answer questions about themselves and listen as others answer, sharing in an environment of confidentiality and care.
In this exercise, students read a brief medical history of fictional patient Mr. Jones, who has chronic low back pain (LBP). They are also given an overview of LBP and its treatment options in the United States. Their task is to develop a value-based payment system that defines outcome measures (patient success) over time and indicates how to compensate clinicians based on those outcome measures,
This exercise puts students into the role of an associate at a marketing and sales agency. They are asked to develop specific recommendations to present to some senior leaders about how the firm can and should become more truly inclusive and just. They also must be specific about the objectives and metrics they believe must be agreed to, and who should be accountable for them, in order to insure p
To prepare for each year’s NFL draft, each team creates a “model” for player selection. This involves developing a holistic view of every player (especially those the team is most interested in), such that it can compare two different players. In this exercise, students are tasked with building and operationalizing (but not actually collecting the data or testing) a model for player selection in t
In this exercise, students are put into the role of newly appointed general manager of an NFL team and must use the data provided to conduct draft research and make a tentative decision for their team’s first four picks in the NFL draft. The data show the team’s prospect analysis and include each prospect’s grade on the 1–100 scale (and thus tier) and ranking among other prospects that play the sa
In this exercise, students are put into the role of head coach of an NFL team and must use the data provided to conduct draft research and make a tentative decision for their team’s first four picks in the NFL draft. The data show the team’s prospect analysis and include each prospect’s grade on the 1–100 scale (and thus tier) and ranking among other prospects that play the same position. Their ta
This exercise is designed to give students an opportunity to develop a communications plan and press statement for The Coca-Cola Company (Coke) as it attempts to navigate the 2021 Georgia voting law controversy. Specifically, it asks students to assume the role of chief marketing and communications officer (CMCO) at Coke and recommend a communications plan, including a press statement, to fulfill
This exercise explores customer transaction data generated from a business owner's website and illustrates the added benefit of basic data analytics practices used to uncover business insights. Students discover the business's purchase trends when they answer the provided questions by writing SQL queries. The questions guide students to determine which product offerings the business should promote
This set comprises six exercises: in each, a team of students must shop online for products to solve a particular problem. Problems range from outfitting a new apartment quickly to purchasing food for a festival to choosing car insurance. Students will experience a customer journey as they navigate shopping websites.
In this set of three exercises, students are cast in the roles of brand managers of one of three categories of consumer goods companies. They must choose a specific brand in their category and identify keywords to advertise that brand on Google search, in order to leverage or react to evolving consumer behavior. Students research trend tools and Google’s keyword planner, explore and analyze consum
This exercise introduces Walter Solomon, the general manager at Mancala’s Pizza Restaurant (Mancala’s), an upscale eat-in pizzeria known for using fresh, organic, and sustainable ingredients. In addition to pizzas, it sold a specialty red table wine to accompany the food menu. Solomon was interested in balancing three costs: (1) the annual cost of holding inventory, (2) the annual ordering costs,