The Field Study Project is an essential component of the MBA International Program. Each year approximately 100 Masters candidates mainly from the Full Time cohort, undertake projects between June and end-October in the Field Study Partner Organizations. The graduate students, working in teams of four (4), address issues of current concern to the Partner Organizations, provide insights into the latest industry needs and developments, and apply well-established and widely accepted problem solution approaches to successfully address those needs.
The application areas of the Field Study Projects cover all aspects of the strategic, tactical and operational functions of modern enterprises. Representative and indicative examples of potential subject areas for Field Study Projects are:
- Introduction of new products and services – Feasibility Studies, Business Plans, Opportunity Evaluations
- Market research and market planning – in Greece and abroad
- Internationalization studies
- Customer Relationships Management: Strategies and procedures
- Financial Management and Financial Engineering
- Risk Management, leasing finance, portfolio optimization, volatility models
- Human Resource Development – Competency Management
- Managing reorganization and change – Business Process Reengineering
- Balanced Scorecard & Performance Management: Design, strategy maps, implementation
- Business Ethics – Corporate Social Responsibility
- Knowledge Management: Strategies and systems
- Information Systems planning, selection and implementation
- ERP Systems: Evaluation and implementation issues
- Total Quality Management – ISO Certification and EFQM feasibility studies
- e-Business: Business model and infra-structure development, e-marketing, B2B and B2C applications, e-procurement
- Mobile commerce, mobile telecom service development and feasibility studies
- Design and management of supply chains, Warehouse Management
- Logistics Management, logistics system optimization and simulation, and transportation problems
- Production and Operations Management optimization, simulation and redesign
The FSP Partner Organizations propose a study of importance to the organization, and commit executive and staff time. When a study topic is chosen, the commitment of the Partner Organization determines to a large extent the success of the study project. Part of the commitment includes providing a company liaison – the Partner Organization Supervisor, supplying information and data, and ensuring that communication and computing facilities are available while the graduate students are on site.
The schedule will generally be as follows:
- By mid-May of every year, the Partner Organization wishing to participate in the program defines and proposes a field study project in collaboration with students and program faculty. A simple format for the project proposition is attached to the brochure together with a sample proposition.
- By mid-June, the student team and the faculty advisor are defined for each project. The Partner Organization can participate in the selection of students by examining the CVs of potential candidates.
- The project is initiated by beginning July, with a kick-off orientation meeting in order to acquaint the student team and the advisors with the Partner.
- The first phase (proposal) of the project is concluded with a proposal meeting that presents the Partner with the field study team’s proposed study scope and focus, their proposal for gathering and analyzing data, and possible preliminary findings. The objective is to create a venue for mutually agreeing upon the parameters and methodology of the study.
- The second phase of the project (execution) includes periodic progress reviews that take place at the convenience of the company, the students and the faculty advisor. The reviews are gateways in which preliminary results and further evolution and orientation of the project are discussed.
- At the end of October each year students submit their report to the company and to the faculty advisor. An oral presentation of the results and recommendations takes place soon thereafter.
Upon completion of the Field Study Program requirements by the students, the Partner Organization is kindly asked to provide a project feedback statement where the Partner Organization Supervisor and other relevant actors have the opportunity to give their appreciation of the work done. The report and presentation are then subject to formal grading at the University before final graduation of the Masters students in December each year. The feedback from the Partner Organization is taken into account in this grading.
To download the Field Study Program’s leaflet, click here.