Title

The University of Dayton Operations Management Capstone Course: Undergraduate Student Field Consulting Applies Theory to Practice

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

11-2010

Publication Source

Interfaces

Abstract

The operations management major at the University of Dayton offers a unique capstone experience that features live consulting projects with actual client problems. As a result, students gain valuable experience applying technical skills in a live environment, and clients gain real operations improvements. In the past eight years we have graduated 163 students who have conducted 56 projects for 22 clients. This paper describes how the course is structured, observations of faculty and clients on best practices and risks associated with such an offering, and as evidence of success, the quantitative and qualitative impact the student-led projects have had on clients.

Inclusive pages

432-443

ISBN/ISSN

0092-2102

Comments

Permission documentation is on file.

Publisher

INFORMS

Volume

40

Issue

6

Peer Reviewed

yes