Monday, July 8, 2013

IBSG Research Areas

Overview: Shaping the Global Agenda through Excellence in Management

IBSG was formed in 2010 as a group of high-achieving students at the Anderson School of Management who wanted exposure to previously unavailable skills and opportunities they felt were essential for engaging a global economy. Few students had practice performing case-study interviews, and exposure to careers and opportunities in international management were difficult to find. Today, IBSG has organized six programs that provide students from all over the University of New Mexico with opportunities to become highly-trained practitioners of global management through focused, collaboration-friendly programs, built on student interests and careful, rigorous support from faculty and a growing network of global stakeholders in the public and private sectors.

Our programs include:

The Consulting Consortium

Dedicated to providing at least 20 hours of case study interview experience for each participating member. This group organizes professional development workshops to enhance each participant’s management consulting experience to ensure that a student from IBSG is competitive in any job interview given by any consulting firm in the world. Our mission is to create an annual cohort of students with a sterling level of consulting expertise, recognized by leaders in the consulting world for their superior work ethic and skill.


The Ivan Karp Emerging Economies Program

This program began with a group of students performing consulting services in the summer of 2011 to a diverse group of businesses in Nairobi, Kenya. Since then, the program has been organized to provide real-world management consulting opportunities for students in every major emerging economy throughout the world. We train each member to archive the network of relationships built from each experience so future students may build off their work. Our ten-year goal is to have the most robust archive of student-led international consulting projects in the Western United States, oriented specifically to understanding how to build business relationships with economies that will dominate in the 21st century.

The UNESCO/NM Acequia World Heritage Area project

We believe that New Mexico is globally relevant because of its rich history. Part of that legacy is located in our land-based culture, specifically the acequia system, a complex irrigation system that has become a social, cultural, and political institution in New Mexico. We are partners in an application to UNESCO to grant the acequia system a world heritage area designation. Each member is trained to understand the deep legacy of the acequias, but is also trained to understand the role that global heritage will play as an economic development/sustainability tool in the global political economy.

The Poetics Project

A project started by a philosophy student interested in the value of handmade goods throughout the world, this project has cultivated a relationship with the world’s largest folk art market in providing a way to research and support the promotion of handmade goods from artists throughout the world.

CoMTTRA (Conflict Mineral Trade Theory Resource Allocation)

Initially designed to study the Kimberly Process and conflict diamonds, this consortium has evolved into its own rigorous curriculum, designed to study the circumstances that produce conflict minerals while discussing policy implications with stakeholders who directly influence these issues. Every consortium member is trained to become an expert in conflict minerals before they even participate in the public events that it mediates. Their mission is to emphasize discipline and training before engaging in issues of corporate social responsibility, so that their annual publication of perspectives on conflict minerals is among the most credible in the world.

The Kraye Challenge

Named after a distinguished professor at UNM who supported entrepreneurial projects that had philanthropic aims, this program selects one project every year in an attempt to produce a highly successful entrepreneurial project, that once it sustains itself, contributes to the philanthropic cause of choice for that year.