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The Purdue University Executive MBA Programs team seeks to work with companies large and small to solve crucial business problems through our Active Learning Projects, or ALP.

What is ALP?

For our Executive MBA students, ALP is a for-credit course, part of the required curriculum in both our EMBA and IMM Global EMBA programs. Active learning means learning by doing – an integral component of a top-tier EMBA program. 

ALP: An Overview


Read an overview of Purdue EMBA Programs' Active Learning Projects and contact us to discover how partnering with us on a project can benefit your company!

Cohorts are split into teams of 5-6 students that consult with their assigned company over a 14-week period. The students’ goal is to address a critical business problem as defined by the company and the team.

For our client companies, ALP is an opportunity to have accomplished professionals assist in solving a problem. We require a financial commitment of $2,500, payable on an as-needed basis, for direct costs – e.g., student travel expenses for a site visit.

Our EMBA students come from around the world and from many industries and job functions. They have, on average, 14 years of work experience.

Find a detailed overview of our ALP course, including a timeline, description of an ideal project, expectations Purdue has for a partner company, and more, here.

Project Results

Since 2012 Purdue EMBA students have consulted for companies on specific problems including entering new markets, launching new services, initiating organizational change, making important investment decisions, restructuring functions, and more.

Recent Active Learning Projects have been in the areas of finance, operations, strategy, and technology. Specific examples of project results include:

  • Optimizing levels of work in progress and raw inventories to reduce lead time by 13% and stock on hand from 2.35 months to 2 months (a 15% reduction) for two different product lines for a global pump manufacturer based in Scandinavia.
  • Developing a roadmap to inform a German steel conglomerate’s R&D efforts.
  • Providing strategic guidance regarding what role a newly acquired company should take within a firm that manufactures and installs fixed seating projects for the educational, cultural, business, and sports sector.
  • Assisting a Dutch motorcycle and ATV parts distributor in pivoting to a more technologically savvy consumer base by moving to an internet commerce model.

Partner With Us

If you are interested in partnering with Purdue EMBA Programs on an Active Learning Project, please download and complete our Company and Project Information Form. Email your completed form as an attachment to Sally Meech at sally@purdue.edu.

Questions about Purdue EMBA Programs’ Active Learning Projects? Contact Director of Business Development Sally Meech at 765-494-7801 or sally@purdue.edu.

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