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Beacom School of Business Seeks Consulting Projects for Summer MBA

VERMILLION, S.D. – The University of South Dakota’s Beacom School of Business is seeking real-life consulting projects for the summer 2017 MBA program as part of the strategic management course.

The goals of the project are to provide students with practical experience that incorporates multiple angles of how a business or organization operates.

"Previous clients have said that they were extremely impressed by the quality and capability of students. They have done an excellent job, and their recommendations have been beneficial," said Mark Yockey, chair of entrepreneurship, management and marketing.

Past projects have focused on market research that helps a firm refine new product offerings, or expansion of existing products and services into additional markets. Other projects have included research into product pricing and bundling to enable firms to make strategic pricing decisions.

Businesses benefit by gaining different perspectives on their most pressing projects while gaining access to some of the best business students in the region. Students benefit by becoming familiar with the true cross-disciplinary nature of business, and through working with executives and key decision makers.

Under the direction of accomplished business school faculty, students will apply the concepts of competitive advantages and strategic decision making. They will also use their knowledge and skills to address issues of external analysis, vertical integration, corporate diversification, strategic alliances and globalization.

The deadline for submission is April 7, 2017, with project work occurring between May 15 and August 4. The most successful projects are cross-disciplinary in nature and have a strategic outcome.

Visit the Beacom School of Business website for more information or contact Mark Yockey at


USD's Beacom School of Business was established in 1927 and has been accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) since 1949. The leading business school in the region, Beacom’s programs are consistently ranked among the top business schools in the nation by Princeton Review, U.S. News & World Report and others for its high-quality learning experience, student success, affordability, and high-caliber of faculty and students. Whether a student chooses face-to-face or online courses, Beacom’s programs emphasize real-world experience through professional organizations, quality internships and capstone projects.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 84 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.