Following Annie's post I'll share my MAP experience, and my absence in the past months is because of that.
My project is somewhat standard:
a) for-profit company;
b) six people team;
c) market entry / new product development.
I'm in such a diverse team, with three international and the remainder American students. The pre-MBA background is diverse as well: a mechanical engineer with experience on construction industry, an accounting consultant, a management consultant, a finance guy, someone with experience in the renewable energy sector and myself, a sales and marketing man.
We started our project doing a lot of research in terms of geographical and technological research, in order to find out which regions would be most promising ones. Technology and customer segmentation played very important roles in narrowing down some targets, then we conducted several interviews with potential customers and right now we're finalizing our recommendations, final presentation and final report. It's a lot to do, in so little time!
The group interaction was very important throughout the project, and we were able to learn a lot from each one's opinions, perspectives and backgrounds. This situation was very important to me, since I'm switching to management consulting over the summer so having this MAP experience made me realize that (1) I like this environment of team-based projects and (2) it made me a better team player in terms of learning from others and sharing my own expertise.
I hope all you guys enjoyed GBR, for those who came. Last year it was an important event to me and clearly helped me to decide to come to Ross! Hope to see you after the summer!