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Faculty-Guided Class Projects

The College offers a number of faculty-guided class projects at the graduate and undergraduate levels. Your organization can benefit from new and different perspectives while giving students an opportunity to solve real-world business problems. Class projects can also be customized to address your organization's unique challenges and opportunities. As a result of evaluating students in action, many employers often hire top-performing graduates who already understand their business.

Contact the Ohio Small Business Development Center at (937) 775-3503 or if you are interested having a class collaborate with your organization. The Ohio SBDC works closely with the faculty and students at Wright State University to deliver professional assistance to the business community. Student Team projects are normally supervised by professors with business experience and students are normally performing at a graduate level within the project area.

How It Works

  1. SBDC clients contact an SBDC Business Advisor and express an interest in working with students on an internal challenge they are facing.
     
  2. Client business owner completes a Business Profile Form and submits it to the Business Advisor for consideration in upcoming courses.
     
  3. A Business Advisor and Wright State professor will select business clients that have challenges that best match the course curriculum for the upcoming term.
     
  4. Selected client businesses will be contacted with instructions, meeting times and expectations for class participation.
     
  5. SBDC Business Advisor will monitor progress and perform a follow-up contact after the project is completed.

Class Project Options

  • Information Systems Project Management & Development course - Management Information Systems 4950
  • Business plan reviews for small and start-up businesses - Management 4750/Marketing 7300
  • HR staffing policies, recruiting plans, wage surveys - Management 4250/4950
  • Developing and implementing competitive strategies- Management 4990/7550
  • Strategic marketing analysis and planning - Marketing 7600

It is extremely important that business clients dedicate the time and cooperation needed to assist student teams with the information they need for their course work. If a conflict should arise during the project please contact your SBDC Business Advisor and the course professor.

Sample Class Projects

Competitive Strategies

  • Mike-sells

    Mike-sell's Potato Chip Company is a privately held regional manufacturer and distributor of snack foods. With headquarters in Dayton, Ohio, Mike-sell's distributes a full line of snack foods in all or part of 5 states including Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, Illinois, and West Virginia.

  • Reynolds and Reynolds

    Reynolds is a billion-dollar company with over 70 years of experience in the automotive retailing industry and operations in 20 countries.

MBA

  • Emerging Business Model 2005

    During the Spring 2005 quarter, MBA 755 (capstone) students examined emerging business models in Dayton‘s strategic industry cluster. Industries with a strong presence in Dayton include advanced materials/manufacturing, aerospace, and data management/mining.

  • LexisNexis 2005

    LexisNexis Group is the global legal publishing arm of Reed Elsevier, the Anglo-Dutch world-leading publisher and information provider.

  • Cornerstone Research Group

    Student teams create a competitive strategy for an organization from an integrated, cross-functional perspective. They also determine the industry’s competition and other environmental forces in order to develop the organizational strategy.

  • Electronic Health Records

    MBA student teams researched the opportunities and threats of a community-wide electronic health records (EHR) database for organizations in various sectors of the healthcare industry.

  • EMB Designs

    Description of the Company:

  • i-Zone

    The Raj Soin College of Business and i-Zone, a Dayton non-profit business organization, teamed-up once again to provide a valuable learning experience for students and unique insights for companies in the region.

  • Intensity Software

    Intensity Software, Inc is a Microsoft .NET consulting firm that specializes in modernizing legacy CICS and COBOL systems.

  • Livvon

    Livvon Corporation is dedicated to commercializing products that save lives. Currently, Livvon is developing exterior and restorable airbags that prevent death and injury, and will make them widely available. Company’s Business Problem:

  • Matrix BSC

    Matrix BSC assists businesses with the management of computer systems, including seeking a new software solution, and resolution of hardware or software problems. It offers computer installation, software development, system upgrades, software management, and other computer system services.

  • Mike-sells

    Mike-sell's Potato Chip Company is a privately held regional manufacturer and distributor of snack foods. With headquarters in Dayton, Ohio, Mike-sell's distributes a full line of snack foods in all or part of 5 states including Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, Illinois, and West Virginia.

  • Mike-sells

    Mike-sell's Potato Chip Company is a privately held regional manufacturer and distributor of snack foods. With headquarters in Dayton, Ohio, Mike-sell's distributes a full line of snack foods in all or part of 5 states including Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, Illinois, and West Virginia.

  • Teradata

    Teradata's enterprise data warehouse brings together all of a company's data into a single repository for a completely integrated, 360-degree view of the business.

Logistics and Supply Chain Management

Human Resources

  • AAA Wastewater Services, Inc.

    We put together a manual for the company that contains many useful documents.

  • Essex & Associates, Inc.

    Research and developed the following materials; job analysis, job descriptions, wage survey compensation structure, staffing plan, orientation schedule, staffing and compensation policies, and compensation and staffing laws.

  • GrimeBusters

    GrimeBusters has over 20 years of experience in their field but no managerial or human resources background. They needed our help with recruiting employees and retaining them. They also needed policies helping them to understand how to handle certain situations.

  • Industrial Electronics Services, Ltd.

    Conducted job analyses for the positions of Salesperson and Electronic Component Engineer Wrote job descriptions for each position Evaluated each position Conducted a wage survey for each position

  • Lewis & Michael Moving and Storage, An Agent of Atlas Van Lines

    The Company President expressed concern over an aging sales force, and what needs to be done to recruit new talent. WE complied a Staffing Plan complete with information on recruiting (both internally and externally), selecting, orientating, and training new employees.

  • Miller-Valentine

    As a leader in commercial real estate, Miller-Valentine Group has developed over 35 million square feet of business space over past 30 years. Their interest is in long-term, total commitment to quality, value, and service, as well as a long-term commitment to the local community.

  • Oheil Irrigation and Buckeye Lawn & Landscaping

    Wrote policies that our client could enforce Wrote job descriptions for two positions Created forms for the company so that they could be better organized

Management

  • Reynolds and Reynolds

    Reynolds is a billion-dollar company with over 70 years of experience in the automotive retailing industry and operations in 20 countries.

Small Business Development

  • BusinessPlans, Inc

    BusinessPlans, Incorporated is a dynamic organization located in Miamisburg, Ohio. The company specializes in Group Insurance Services and is committed to providing innovative solutions for employee benefits needs.

Management Information Systems

  • MIS/OM Student Projects

    Direct involvement in real business activity is one of the cornerstones of educating business students at the Raj Soin College of Business.