Social Service Management Project

How it works:
You will complete a major project with your team that requires you to research and recommend a viable solution to a global business problem.  Your client will be  a domestic not-for-profit organization with operations in a developing regions of the world such as Asia, Europe, Latin America, or Africa. Click here to see examples of projects.

The project’s objective will be to elevate the quality of life and livelihoods in a developing country with the goal of reducing, and ultimately eliminating, world poverty.  This real-world project will require you to apply the concepts, analysis tools, and techniques that you will learn throughout the 12-month program. 

How you will complete the project:
Several projects are selected each year by the Trans-Global Executive MBA faculty based on recommendations submitted by the university partner schools, non-profit organizations, and companies.  Each team of four or five students will be assigned a different social service project within the first few months of starting the program.

You will meet, in person or virtually, with the management team(s) representing your client organization to gather background information about the problem your team will solve. Then you will complete extensive research, analyze findings, and develop recommendations over the following months. 

The project is an integral part of the curriculum.  You will prepare sections of your final report during course assignments—however, your final deliverable, a comprehensive consulting report, will require you to apply the knowledge and skills from each course in the program.  The final detailed written report, your findings and recommendations are presented to your client.

One student group has worked with the Children’s Hospital on Mbarara, Uganda to create a financial and sustainability growth plan.  The Holy Innocents Children’s Hospital (HICH) of Uganda was set up in 2009 with donor funds and the technical help of the Children’s Hospital of Oakland and the University of San Diego. Although it was functioning well and is the only private children’s hospital in all of Uganda, it did not have a long-term financial and business sustainability plan. The Saint Mary’s College T-GEMBA project team developed a long-term sustainable funding and social enterprise compatible business plan. The team examined best-practice business, finance and organization models to make recommendations regarding the best strategy for HICH to become sustainable and provide for an internally-financed growth plan.