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Innovation for Humanity is at the core of the Carey Business School’s Global MBA program. In your first semester you’ll research the cultural, political, and economical challenges facing the region you’ll visit. In your second semester you’ll travel there, armed with the knowledge you’ve developed. Once you arrive, you’ll work with local community leaders to solve real world challenges – public health concerns, deteriorating infrastructure, and social welfare problems – with the help of the business practices learned during the previous semester.
You’ll get to know the community, immersing yourself in their lives to gain the cultural context to understand the issues you’re there to address. You’ll collaborate with local businesses and other organizations to develop innovative solutions — you’ll present those solutions to the community before you leave. It’s an experience that will transform how you view the world while providing you with the skills you need to succeed after you’ve graduated.
Carey Business School Global MBA students have participated in more than 70 Innovation for Humanity projects worldwide
Selected past engagements
Half of the world’s blind population lives in India; this presents a staggering health care challenge for the country’s leaders. A group of students in the program worked with the LV Prasad Eye Institute (LVPEI), a well-respected nonprofit focusing on eye care for the nation’s underserved, to address an integral business issue: customer satisfaction.
Students surveyed LVPEI patients’ satisfaction and found that extended wait times were a major detractor (one LVPEI facility sees 700 patients a day). Using the survey data, the students developed a new patient management system, which included a new patient flow mechanism developed using skills learned in the operations management courses at Carey.
Addressing the issue is critical for LVPEI and the nation as a whole. The large nonprofit services a large segment of the nation’s poor population by employing a cross-subsidization model, which allows low-income patients to pay affordable rates for eye care.
“It’s a competitive issue,” said Ryan Ross (GMBA, ’16). “Even though they have the best doctors, people aren’t going to wait all day to see them. And as soon as they lose full-paying patients, they lose the ability to treat the supported patients.” LVPEI has implemented the system in some of their clinics and has adopted the student-created patient satisfaction survey system for future use.
Students worked with an indigenous, all-women’s organization to create sound business infrastructure for a small flour milling operation the organization operates for the betterment of the local community.
The students discovered the business was operating at a significant deficit, and implemented several techniques to reverse its fortunes.
Carey students assigned to Peru heard a common refrain from impoverished residents of Lima’s slums: we need stairs. Stairs to where? Turns out, everywhere. Built into the side of a mountain range, transportation is a daily struggle for the community’s exploding population.
The problem is one of several facing the community, which also has no access to running water. Along with failing infrastructure, poor health conditions, and limited food access, the challenge to make a lasting difference was daunting.
Working with TECHO – a nonprofit volunteer organization focusing on providing services to the impoverished – students created a matrix-based tool to evaluate the viability of future projects.
The tool uses a weighted grading system to produce a scorecard for potential projects, which culminates in an overall score for each proposal. The system is designed to objectively compare competing projects, which then allows the community to prioritize projects with the largest impact.
“It answers the question: how necessary is this project for my community?” said Dan Givol, (GMBA, ’16). “This tool is live and working.”
The matrix has been handed over to TECHO, and has already played a major role in preventing the implementation of a potentially disastrous project.
During the first semester, Global MBA students research the cultural, political, and economical challenges facing the region they will visit.
The heart of the program is the three-week residency, where Global MBA students travel to one of several site locations. Upon arrival, students work with local community leaders to solve real world challenges – like public health, deteriorating infrastructure, and social welfare – with the help of the business practices learned during the previous semester.
Students then complete and formally present recommended solutions to these issues to the communities they serve.