Consulting Lab (formerly Strategy Lab) is an experiential lab course designed to give students the experience of engaging with real clients on strategic issues as management consultants. Professor Harry L. Davis designed the course with Joe Raudabaugh (MBA ’80), an emeritus partner at Kearney who became interested in experiential education as a student in one of Prof. Davis’ original New Product Laboratory courses. Projects are sourced from real clients by Kearney consultants, who also serve as coaches for student teams.
Students have two objectives in this course: to (1) address the complex, strategic business problems brought by clients and develop actionable, data-driven recommendations and (2) to develop their own interpersonal and leadership skills in the context of a flat team. Teams will be created based on project interest from students. Each project will center on an important strategic challenge and require students to apply a broad set of concepts and tools. Kearney will coordinate client participation, supplement faculty with consulting resources to coach and support the student teams, and provide collaboration technologies to enable the teams and clients to work virtually. Previous clients have included 3M, Campbell Soup, Georgia Pacific, Nike, Walgreens, Feeding America, Siemens Energy, Emerson, IDEX, Avendra, Innerworkings, Valkre, Accretive Health, Beam Suntory, Facebook, and Walmart.
The Spring 2022 session will be in person, and classes will be held at the Gleacher Center.
In addition to the regular Thursday afternoon meetings, there are three additional required meetings. If you cannot commit to attending these sessions, you should not apply for the course. Please note that the first is before the beginning of the spring quarter.
February 24, 2022 2-5 PM
April 1, 2022 8-12 AM
May 27, 2022 8-12 AM
Enrollment in Consulting Lab is by application. The application will close on Monday, February 14 at 8:30 AM. Applicants will be notified of their status by Friday, February 18.