Consulting Project

Build your professional network and solidify your business knowledge by applying it to experience testing, strategy formulation, and team collaboration.  

Part of the Portland MBA’s hands-on curriculum, the capstone consulting project gives you the opportunity to work in small teams with a local, regional, or international company to solve a meaningful problem.

Your team will land a project by networking with companies and organizations in your areas of interest. Past projects have focused on strategy, finance, marketing international business, sustainability, and the supply chain.

Your faculty advisor will work with you to shape the project proposal and keep activities on track. The client will equip you with a company overview, contact with key stakeholders, and advice at key junctures during the project. Final deliverables include an executive-level presentation and business report.

Over the course of two terms, student teams typically commit several hundred hours to the project.

Select Past Projects

The Value Chain of Flowers

Clients: New Seasons Market & Organically Grown Company

In this capstone project, MBA students set out to analyze the profitability of the flower business. They dissected the value chain from farmer to consumer, with a focus on Organically Grown Company’s distribution functions and New Seasons Market’s retail operations. Building on their research and findings, the team developed recommendations to improve the ordering and movement of the products, the management controls, and even the product display.

E-commerce Strategy

Client: Tektronix

Tektronix manufactures electronic testing equipment for engineers and has collaborated with Portland State graduate business students on several consulting projects. Recently a team evaluated Tektronix’ current use of e-commerce, then conducted extensive research and interviews to outline a desired future state for the company’s e-commerce capability. Final deliverables included a set of recommended initiatives in priority order for Tektronix to move toward that future state. Another MBA student team developed selection criteria and let the research and analysis to determine which one of multiple potential manufacturing sites would best serve the company’s requirements.