“In this UCLA – NUS EMBA program, I gained tremendous knowledge of many facets of business. I have learnt a great deal not only from a dedicated faculty, but also from talented and diverse cohorts who came from different cultures and professional background. I particularly value the unique experience of working in management practicum project which challenged me to formulate a business strategy to solve a real business problem. This project requires me to view the problem the way the company does, and figure out a unique solution to it.”
Bernardus Irmanto | Indonesian
Director – Human Resources & Corporate Services
Deputy President Director
PT. Vale Indonesia, Tbk
This UCLA – NUS Executive MBA offers a range of projects that challenge participants to analyze and resolve complex business issues often growing out of the corporate employer’s context. Such an integrative and extensive consulting project allows participants to work with a broad range of organizations to define and solve strategic problems, explore business opportunities, enhance organizational competitiveness, and improve organizational and managerial effectiveness.
Project Case Studies
Nissan Motor Company
Tai Kwong Yokohama Battery Industries
Banyan Tree Holdings
EXPERIAN – ASIA PACIFIC
Experian, Asia Pacific
Experian is the leading global information services company, providing data and analytical tools to clients in more than 65 countries. The company helps businesses to manage credit risk, prevent fraud, target marketing offers and automate decision making. Experian has four business lines: Credit Services, Decision Analytics, Marketing Services and Interactive Services.
Market entry strategy for Experian Marketing Services in Asian countries.
The project analyzes and prioritizes countries to enter and provides market entry options in the Asia region for Experian Marketing Services to realize their Asia Pacific near and long-term growth objectives.
NISSAN MOTOR COMPANY – JAPAN
Corporate Vice President, Global Communications
Nissan Motor Company, Japan
Nissan is present in all major global auto markets through selling a comprehensive range of cars, pickup trucks, SUVs and light commercial vehicles that sell under the Nissan and Infiniti brands. The company employs over 180,000 people worldwide.
Nissan Global Communications Project
To conduct discovery and analysis, and provide solid recommendations on content management practices for Nissan’s Global Communications Team. Nissan was seeking to achieve a better structured workflow for urgent news and releases as well as improvements in content quality and efficiency of global information sharing.
DISNEY – USA
Vice President, Boys/Live Action Film Franchise Management
Disney Consumer Products
The Walt Disney Company is a global leader in the film and entertainment industry. The film unit is classified into Animated and Live Action Film. Disney is a dominant player in the Animated Film market, with its well-known characters such as Mickey Mouse, Cinderella and Snow White. More recently, Disney has been diversifying into Live Action Film with launches such as Chronicles of Narnia and Pirates of the Caribbean.
Walt Disney Live Action Film Merchandising Opportunities in Hong Kong
To analyze Hong Kong’s Live Action Film merchandising market and formulate the company’s future expansion strategy.
TAI KWONG YOKOHAMA BATTERY INDUSTRIES – MALAYSIA
Group Chief Operating Officer
Tai Kwong Yokohama Bhd, Malaysia
Tai Kwong Yokohama Battery Industries Sdn Bhd (TKYBI) is a home-grown Malaysian company that manufactures and distributes automotive and motorcycle batteries. It is an OEM supplier to well-known vehicle brand names (Perodua, Bosch, Honda, etc.) and has 20-25% market share in domestic automotive battery market and 45% market share in the domestic OEM market. Despite the successes, TKYBI faces considerable challenges with fluctuating commodity prices, regulatory changes, and many competitors vying for market share within the same space.
Operations and Distribution Strategy for Tai Kwong Yokohama
The UCLA – NUS Management Practicum team, comprising members from non-battery industries, assessed the key aspects of financial benchmarking against competitors, manufacturing, and distribution efficiencies as part of an initiative to review the TKYBI operations and highlight areas of opportunities.
SCION – USA
Scion Interactive Marketing Manager
Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), USA, Inc.
Scion, from Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), USA, Inc., was developed with a new generation of youthful buyers in mind. Scion’s mission is to provide distinctive products, the opportunity to personalize, and an innovative, consumer-driven process at the retail level. The Scion brand features three ground-breaking models. The xD is an urban subcompact five-door, featuring a muscular stance and accentuated wheel flares. The xB, an urban utility vehicle, combines remarkable interior space with iconic styling. The tC sports coupe surprises the buyer with the convenience of a hatchback and the luxury of a standard all-glass panorama moonroof, complementing the usual wide array of features on all Scions.
A Systematic Approach on Promoting Products to Gen Y: A Marketing Study on Scion
To analyze and evaluate the present campaigns and marketing processes used by TMC in promoting Scion to Gen Y customers and to develop a marketing strategy that will promote Scion more effectively.
BANYAN TREE HOLDINGS – SINGAPORE
Vice President, Marketing Systems & Services
Banyan Tree Hotels & Resorts, Singapore
Banyan Tree Holdings (BTH) is a leading developer of luxury hotels and resorts with the majority of its properties located in Asia. Established in 1994, BTH currently owns 23 resorts and hotels, 65 spas, 65 retail galleries, and two golf courses. BTH has seven operating business segments: hotel investments, hotel residence sales, hotel management, spa operations, gallery operations, property sales, and design fees as well as others. The company’s primary business is development and ownership of hotels and resorts, centered on two award winning brands: Banyan Tree and Angsana.
Distribution Strategy for Banyan Tree Hotels and Resorts
To analyze Banyan Tree’s current distribution strategy and formulation of future strategies that will be in alignment with industry standards and trends in order to sustain Banyan Tree’s future growth plans to be a major player in the global marketplace.
Aside from being two top ranked universities, the UCLA – NUS EMBA offered exactly what an executive like myself was looking for: diverse backgrounds, global experiences, exchanges of lessons learned. In addition, the six segments (two weeks each) allowed me to balance work and family time. What a perfect formula.
American, Class of 2016
Senior Americas Region Strategy & Business Planning Manager
Toyota Financial Services, USA