Mihaylo students compete against each other to develop the best business model for Boeing to produce a fleet of 24 Chinook helicopters for the United Kingdom by 2021. The project provides students with real-world experience in business planning and collaboration.
Seven teams of Mihaylo business students found time in their busy fall semester schedules to develop a response to a case study for the Boeing Company, one of the world’s largest aerospace companies. The issue: how to build a fleet of 24 Chinook helicopters for the United Kingdom military by 2021 at full production, while continuing the company’s construction schedule of 300 Chinooks for the U.S. military by 2020. The project provided student participants with an excellent opportunity to develop business planning and collaborative skills, potentially even in a career with the Boeing company.
“It was the most difficult and rewarding business experience of my life,” says Dustin Gillis ’16, an accounting major. Gillis and his team, dubbed Boeing For More, were awarded first place in the competition. They will compete with the top team from CSU Long Beach in a head-to-head competition at the Boeing offices in El Segundo.
Charles Woon ’16, also an accounting major and member of the winning team, explained the close collaboration necessary to complete the project. “Our team is like a marriage,” he says. “Sometimes things work out; sometimes they do not, but with a willingness to trust and sacrifice, there is no telling how close success could be.” Fellow group member John Veta ’16, an entrepreneurship undergraduate, echoed the sentiment: “We have been on campus working on the project until 11 p.m. some nights. I am very proud of the entire team.”