1. To develop strategic thinking, critical thinking and business
consulting skills. Students work on real-world strategy challenges,
applying analytical and creative skills towards achieving business
objectives across a variety of organizational functions.
2. To develop team-building skills. All Executive-in-Residence
Programs projects are team-based. Students develop both the
leadership and follower-ship skills necessary for attaining a
common goal while working with a diverse group of individuals.
3. To improve oral communication skills. The Programs place
a great deal of emphasis upon the development of communication and
presentation skills in a business context by first familiarizing
the student with those essential skills and subsequently providing
feedback to each participant on an individual as well as team
4. To improve written communication skills. Students teams
are required to present an executive-ready report containing their
analyses and recommendations to participating executives and
supervising faculty members.
5. To enhance student capabilities in the design and development
of managerial presentations. Students further develop their
skill-set through development of multiple managerial presentations
that are ultimately critiqued and evaluated.
6. To develop assessment skills. At the completion of each
project, students are required to assess the performance of all
team members through an evaluation process modeled after those used
in business organizations.
7. To aid students in the job search process. Participation in
the Executive-in-Residence Programs enables students to
differentiate themselves from others through practical experience
gained and through frequent interaction with executives.
Organizational recruiters often devote a significant portion of job
interview to a discussion of the student’s Program experience.
8. To develop business social skills: Each organization's
participation culminates with a social event with company
executives, enabling students to interact with executives on social
9. Networking Opportunities: The Executive-in-Residence Program
provides students with the opportunity to develop executive
contacts, which helps to build productive business networks.