Hands-On Learning

 A student raises his hand to ask a question in class
Scott Dust conducts class at FSB
 A Management 432 group makes a presentation
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For nearly a decade, the Department of Management has increased its focus on hands-on education through the inclusion of client-based projects in its Human Capital Metrics and Global Strategic Sourcing courses. More than 1,000 students have gained real consulting experience, completing more than 250 analytical consulting projects with nearly 150 different clients under the banner of “Crunchtime”.

Global Strategic Sourcing

Global  Strategic Sourcing is a senior-level course that integrates outsourcing decisions, strategic sourcing, value/cost analysis, supplier selection and management, and negotiations with other supply chain areas, most notably, global logistics. An integral part of the course  curriculum is an applied project where teams of students work with local, regional and national private and public organizations to analyze current purchasing and supply chain issues.

These projects provide real-world experience and sharpen students’ understanding of the role purchasing and supply chain management plays within the firm. The participating companies benefit from gaining an outside, unbiased, evaluation and alternate solutions to an existing business problem. 

Global Strategic Sourcing has completed projects for many well-known companies, including: J.M. Smucker, Avery Dennison, Cardinal Health, CareSource, Chrysler, Cintas, City of Dayton, Clopay, Crown Equipment, DRS Technologies, Kraft Foods, Limited Brands, Standard Textile and Total Quality Logistics.


Dr. Xiaowen Huang (513) 529-8013 huangx@miamioh.edu

Human Capital Metrics

Human Capital Metrics is designed for students interested in careers in general management, consulting or human resource management. The course blends  classroom work with client interaction, allowing students to explore how various aspects of human resources can be quantified and connected to other measures of organizational performance. Most projects involve collecting and analyzing data and providing recommendations based on that analysis. Some clients have already collected the relevant data and provide it to the students. Other projects involve student-collected data, including surveys, interviews or focus groups. The projects are designed to meet  class educational objectives and help solve an actual business problem for the client.

Human Capital Metrics has completed projects for numerous clients, including: Macy’s, United Airlines, Cintas, Fifth Third  Bank, Cleveland Cavaliers, General  Electric, E.W. Scripps, Nestle, Emerson Climate Technologies, The Kroger Company, Great American Insurance, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Intercontinental Hotel Group, Aon Corporation, Plastic Moldings Corporation, Schneider Electric and the City of Dayton.


Dr. Joseph Rode (513 )529-4231  rodejc@MiamiOH.edu

Center for Business Leadership  (CBL)

The William Isaac and Michael Oxley Center for Business Leadership engages and challenges tomorrow’s adaptive leaders through innovative core programming to develop graduates equipped to lead tomorrow’s best organizations. The Center focuses on values-based leadership, which embraces authenticity and inclusivity, to create a holistic, integrative, practical, relationship-based business leadership approach.