Spring 2011 Newsletter, Tippie MBA Strategic Business Consulting
The Tippie MBA Business Solutions Center launched 12 strategic business consulting projects in January after an outstanding kick-off event last December! This year's companies vary across a number of industries, and include Zurich, Patterson Medical, and Allsteel. MBA consultant teams are geared up to solve their business challenges through highly analytical and cross-functional strategic business consulting. Take a look at our current client list, and learn more about this issue's project spotlight on Best Buy, featuring insight from students and alumni.   BSC Kick-off Event

Spring 2011 Clients

Spring 2011 Clients

Project Spotlight: Best Buy - Alternative Business Models

Best Buy TV showroomSince 1966, Best Buy's business model has been based on velocity, selling boxes, and attaching "value-adds" to the purchase. These items typically carry a higher price tag but lower margins, while the add-ons are the real source of margin. With an eye toward the future, Best Buy tasked a team of Tippie students with identifying alternative business models and determining how Best Buy might take advantage of those opportunities.   Read more…

Perspectives: A Tippie Alum on Her Consulting Experience

Mindy BillingselyMindy Billingsley, Customer Insights Manager, Bridgestone Bandag Tire Solutions

“My experience in the BSC helped me practice and understand how to build team cohesiveness, and provided a disciplined framework for executing the critical path of a project. While the type of work I do tends to be more creative than my BSC project, my productivity benefits from a structured framework such as the one used in the BSC.”
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Rich Boulger

About the University of Iowa’s Business Solutions Center

Tippie MBAs immerse themselves in a 17-week real-world business consulting experience through The University of Iowa's Business Solutions Center, headed by former Accenture partner Rich Boulger. Teams of MBAs from all areas come together to help business and industry leaders solve highly analytical business challenges.

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