The aim of the MBA project is to enable MBA Evening students
to execute a challenging assignment within the real life
business environment. The execution of the project not only
will help MBA candidates to develop interviewing and report
writing skills but also will provide an opportunity to them
to enhance their decision making, problem solving, and team
skills. MBA students will be able to apply knowledge gained
from different courses towards a real life consulting
assignment with the organization. The outcome of the MBA
Project that is, a detailed field or secondary research and
implementation plan on some managerial and organizational
problems will be provided to the client organization. It is
also to provide an opportunity to have a sense of
contribution and achievement at the end of MBA program.
Since IBA MBA program has different time line therefore
following are key guidelines for its implementation for MBA
1. Every MBA Evening student (class of 2010) will do (as
part of the 3-4 students group) MBA project after completing
his or her 22 courses (including all core courses).
2. MBA Evening (MBA Project) students will be allowed to
conduct MBA Project in their own organization or any other
business / social sector organization.
3. MBA project will be considered as core course and it will
be equal to two three credit courses (6 credits for MBA
4. MBA project will be applicable to all MBA class of 2010
MBA Evening students.
5. All grading and other policies will be same as MBA
The following are key policy guidelines for the MBA project
1. Every year in mid July / August the MBA Director / MBA
project coordinator shall start writing letters to invite
companies to participate in MBA projects, preferably those
companies based in Karachi due to logistic reasons.
2. In August the MBA project coordinator will prepare a
detail presentation to the MBA students about the MBA
project. This presentation will include, important dates,
number of groups and number of companies etc.
3. In early September students will form 3-4 member groups
and provide their names to MBA Director / Project
4. In mid September the MBA coordinator will give a
presentation to eligible MBA evening students about MBA
projects as mentioned in item 2. This presentation also
includes the process of writing a TOR.
5. In September students will start selecting the client
companies to write TOR and negotiate their terms of
reference. Student themselves will establish first contact
with the client, but the MBA project staff will keep track
of all the studentsí activities and their dealing with the
client. Good relation with client organization is important
6. By the end of September Student groups will provide the
following names to the MBA project coordinator; name of
project client, name of the adviser and of the co-adviser.
Students will start working on their TOR.
7. In early October student will submit a draft TOR to
client, adviser, co-adviser and the MBA project coordinator
for their feedback. Students then prepare their TOR
presentation in Mid November.
8. After this TOR presentation in mid November the students
will submit the Final TOR signed by the project adviser and
client to the MBA project coordinator. This final TOR covers
the, key deliverables, methodologies, work plan, interim
report content and date, final report contents and the date
of the final presentation. Also the financial costs covered
by the client. This Final TOR provides contractual and moral
obligations for both the sides, students and client.
9. By mid November regret letters will be sent to companies,
which were not selected by the students for their MBA
projects with a positive note for the next year.
10. In mid November the MBA coordinator will sit with the
groups and discuss their progress and problems during the
initial start up phase. In order to keep track of an
individual and group performance
11. From November (till May next year) onwards a monthly
progress reports signed by the Client and project adviser
should also to be submitted by the students to the MBA
project coordinator. The purpose of this monthly progress
report is to enhance studentsí communication with the client
and project advisers. This will also help to keep track of
the studentís activities according to the TOR.
12. Interim report of the project should be submitted in end
February to client, adviser, co-adviser (if there is) and
MBA project coordinator. Students must get written feedback
from client, adviser, co adviser and MBA project
13. In March students will give presentations on their
interim report before the client, adviser, co-adviser and
MBA project coordinator. This meeting will also provide
opportunity for client to sit with adviser and co adviser
and MBA project coordinator to evaluate the interim
performance of the group. At the end of this presentation
the MBA project coordinator will provide written feedback on
the interim report and gives interim grades to students.
14. In April students will be provided information about the
final report (spiral bound) format. The final report must
not be more than 100 pages, the executive summary must not
be more than 3 pages, A4 pages, font size 13, Times New
Roman, double spaced (in order to get the feedback from
adviser, co adviser and client).
15. In May students will submit their final report (spiral
bound) as mentioned in item 15, one copy each, to client,
adviser, co-adviser and MBA project coordinator. All four
stakeholders will provide their feedback in writing and
students will incorporate changes before their final
presentation. The final presentation (formal), will be of 90
minutes duration, 60 minutes presentation and 30 minutes
question and answer session it will be held in end of May.
Client, adviser, co- adviser and MBA project coordinator
must be available for the final presentations. At the end of
the final presentations the final grades for the group will
be decided. The client feedback / adviser feedback on final
report must be included for the final grades (and students
should not be present during the client feedback session).
16. In June, after the final presentations students will
submit 4 copies of (Hard Bound and Soft Copies on CDs) the
final report along with the changes they have made after the
final presentations. They will submit these four copies of
final report with the signature and approval of the project
adviser, one for the client, one for the adviser, one for
IBA library, and one for the MBA project coordinator.
17. Students will also submit a written acknowledgement
letter from the clients that they (client) have received the
Hard Bound copy of the final report.
18. The MBA project coordinator will make a list of the
final reports and send them to the library.
19. The MBA project coordinator in consultations with the
adviser and co-adviser will decide the final grades. The MBA
project coordinator will have the final authority because he
/ she will have the overall picture of the working of the
group, efforts made by the group, methodology and report
presentation, and level of client satisfaction with the
output and client relationship management for all the
20. The MBA project coordinator, on the basis of item 20,
can also decide the best MBA project.
By Dr. Nasir Afghan
Director MBA / MBA Project Coordinator