FEMBA students have the opportunity to contribute to the community while gaining valuable real-world consulting experience. As a program of the Center for Global Leadership, the Social Responsibility Initiative (SRI) emphasizes the importance of corporate and personal responsibility in the community. The SRI pairs MBA student teams with local non-profit organizations for project-based consulting.
SRI has connected more than 100 students with 28 projects since its founding in 2001. Merage students have consulted for such organizations as the Boy Scouts of America, Discovery Science Center, Long Beach Museum of Art, and the Saddleback Valley Unified School District. While the students have gained a greater appreciation for social responsibility, the nonprofits gain otherwise unaffordable MBA consultation on a current issue facing their organization.
If you elect to work on an SRI project for class credit, you’ll be working in a team of 3-6 students on a consulting project lasting six to eight weeks. Each team consults with the nonprofit and produces a report and recommendations on the issues faced by the organization.
- Create a marketing plan for the opening of an art museum
- Generate a public relations plan for a charitable foundation
- Develop brand creation and brand management for a private school
- Develop volunteer and process plans for a soup kitchen
- Assess and analyze opportunities and their trade-offs for major organizational decisions at a local cultural center
Organization and Strategy
- Provide analysis to best align resources and people with the goals of a scouting organization
- Analyze the use of information technology to improve organizational performance and individual quality of work life within a school district
- Create a plan for using an existing infrastructure to its capacity at a family shelter
- Provide economic impact analysis of a fundraising event
As a result of the Decision Analysis class working with the Vital Link staff we were able to identify the bottleneck that was preventing the organization from moving forward to the next level of growth. After the problem was identified, analyzed and the solutions put into action, we were able to implement a change that has had a profound impact on our organization. We value our relationship with UC Irvine and the MBA students who became a part of our team.
Vital Link Orange County
On behalf of the Huntington's Disease Society of America, Inc., I would like to extend my sincere thanks to UC Irvine's Paul Merage School of Business and their graduate students, Erik Barnett, Myra Ho, Ben Newcott, Jui Ramaprasad, Apoorva Verma and Jessica Wang. Their efforts, professionalism and dedication to improving the local volunteer leadership's ability to utilize current information technology to support, improve and expand their communications and outreach capabilities for patients and their families were invaluable to the efforts of the Society in Orange County. Their abilities and business acumen were exceptional and their commitment to the project was outstanding.
Huntington's Disease Society of America
On behalf of the Museum staff and trustees, I want to thank you for the great job your students did on this project. As a team, the students approached the research, presentation, and follow-up in a professional, open-minded, and creative way. The report they developed is one that we will most definitely use - it is affordable, based on solid research and common sense, and fits well with the way we do business. It is definitely on par or well beyond some of the reports we've received from paid consultants. It was a pleasure to work with the students and with UC Irvine.
Jeri A. Vaughn, Director
Marketing & Public Relations
Long Beach Museum of Art