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Research Colloquium 2013-2014

Join us for the final Distinguished Speaker Series event of the academic year on Wednesday, April 30, 2014 featuring Bernie Clark, Executive Vice President, Advisor Services at Charles Schwab & Co., Inc. This is truly an event that can't be missed! For more information and to reserve your seat today, please visit the DSS event page.

MBA Consulting Projects



I am very pleased to welcome you to the MBA Consulting Program at The Paul Merage School of Business at the University of California, Irvine.

The MBA Consulting Program is designed to offer MBA students a real practical experience in a strategic project for a corporate client.  

Corporate sponsor benefits are substantial including having a highly motivated team from the outside provide unbiased, fresh and creative approaches to particular issues, obtaining information through thorough research, taking a close look at bright young talent, and strengthening the partnership with the University.

I look forward to working with you and our MBA student teams on challenging and rewarding projects. Thank you for partnering with us at The Paul Merage School of Business.  


Dr. Emile Pilafidis
Faculty Director

About the Program

The MBA Consulting Program offers top university-level MBA student teams to assist in the completion of strategic business projects. Students contribute approximately 500 hours of work over a 10-week period.

What you receive is:


  • Fresh ideas and perspectives to incorporate into your strategy and management plan
  • MBA level project work - students each bring significant professional experience to the table
  • Solid, documented results; actionable analysis and recommendations are delivered.

Take advantage of this opportunity to experience MBA talent first hand and leverage this opportunity to evaluate an MBA intern or career hire for your organization.


See photos from the Merage Scrapbook!


Project Requirements

For a project to be considered, it must be challenging in scope and strategic in nature. For the full benefits to be realized, potential projects should:


  • Involve MBA-level work with specific goals and deliverables
  • Be supported by top management with a senior executive as champion
  • Allow appropriate access to information and resources

Companies that are of significant size in their market are invited to participate. The focus should be on performance improvement and involve strategic management issues and/or changes in the organization. Departments that have benefited from the projects have included: Corporate Marketing, Operations, Strategic Planning, Human Resources, and Business Development.


Download the brochure here

Read an article from the 2013-14 Merage Magazine on page 32-34


In a very short period of time, The UCI MBA consulting team demonstrated a good grasp of our industry.  They effectively identified both challenges and opportunities related to ASP’s HLD strategy. We were impressed by their understanding of our niche market and their ability to effectively research and analyze market data. The team’s successful completion of a business case has helped ASP identify opportunities for future products. The analysis and recommendations they provided will allow ASP to move the project to the next phase. Thank you, UCI.

Tracey Grenkoski
Group Product Director for High-Level Disinfection

Advanced Sterilized Products (ASP)