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Strategy Projects At Nanyang (SPAN)

​​Strategy Projects At Nanyang (SPAN) is an educational collaboration between industry partners and Nanyang Business School. With SPAN, MBA participants will have a unique opportunity to work with organisations on live strategy consulting projects.

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SPAN is a core, capstone course that encourages Nanyang MBA participants to apply the latest business thinking and insights to analyse market opportunities and address business challenges of our sponsor organisations.

Diverse Nanyang MBA teams conduct research and analysis to come up with realistic recommendations for partner sponsors, with guidance from partner sponsors, faculty supervisors and instructors.


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 Partner benefits:

  • Collaborate with multicultural teams with complementary skill-sets and experience to analyse market opportunities, address business challenges, and craft practical recommendations to meet your strategic imperatives

  • Commission invaluable strategy consulting work for an agreed minimal fee to cover any project-related incidental expenses

  • Assess up-close human resource talents who can best fit your organisational culture and needs, and specific job roles and responsibilities

  • Capitalise on succeeding developments through follow-on projects with subsequent batches of Nanyang MBA participants.

Partner organisations r​epresent a variety of industry sectors:

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Academic supervisors:

The Nanyang MBA teaching faculty is made up of our more experienced faculty who are top educators, researchers as well as active consultants for regional corporations in varied diversified industries and market segments.

Profile of our academic supervisors:

Ravi P. Agarwal

Ravi is a C-Level Senior Executive with 25+ years of corporate experience in the US, Europe, Japan, China, Southeast Asia and India with high-tech companies like Intel and Microsoft.  As General Manager of Intel Japan, Ravi was instrumental in building the Intel brand by conceiving and launching the “Intel in it” initiative which led to worldwide “Intel Inside” campaign.  As President of Intel China, he drove Intel’s entry into China and developed a multi-billion dollar business.   Ravi co-taught with Stanford University faculty to Intel managers on “Strategies for Asia’s Emerging Markets”.  As head of Microsoft’s MNC group in Asia, Ravi grew business exponentially in India, and South East Asian markets.  He has a passion for building high-performing, innovative and adaptive leadership teams.  Ravi is a skilled communicator and a decisive leader who leads by example.

Ravi holds a Master of Science from Oregon State University and attended a four month long executive education program at Harvard Business School.  Currently, Ravi is teaching as a Practice Faculty on “Emerging Markets Strategies” to MBA/EMBA students at Nanyang Business School in Singapore.  Ravi is on the Asian Advisory Council of Washington University in Saint Louis, USA.  Ravi served on the board of Singapore American School for 5 years. 

Ulrike Marianne Murfett

Ulrike is a senior lecturer in communication management at the Nanyang Business School, Nanyang Technological University. She joined in January 2006 and was appointed Head of the Communication Management Group in 2008. Ulrike develops and teaches communication management programmes at both undergraduate and graduate levels and won the Nanyang Business School’s Teacher-of-the-Year Award in 2010. In March 2011, she received the University’s highest recognition for outstanding achievements in teaching, the Nanyang Award for Excellence in Teaching.

She and her colleagues ensure that the communication courses offered at the Nanyang Business School remain pedagogically and technologically cutting-edge, so that the MBA participants and undergraduate students receive the best possible preparation for the communication challenges they will encounter in the global work place. Ulrike is also in charge of and teaches the communication management module of the SAF-NTU Academy’s master’s programme for SAF and international officers.

Ulrike has a M.A. from the Karl-Franzens Universität, Graz, Austria. She also holds a Cert. TESL accreditation from RSA, London.

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Timeline:

Starting in the first trimester, and working in diverse, cross-functional teams of 5 to 6 members, MBA participants spend 30 to 40 weeks, from conceptualisation to execution under the guidance of a faculty professor, developing innovative yet practical solutions to address challenges and issues and also assessing opportunities for businesses and organisations.

  • Collaboration agreement: June

  • Proposal sign-off: October

  • Research phase: November to February

  • Analysis, recommendations and final presentation: February to March


​​August to Octo​ber​​ October to February​ ​Febr​uary to March

​​​•  ​Project kick-off​

•  Secondary research

•  Objective, scope, methodology, topics, timeline, discussion and ​finalisation

•  Proposal sign-off​​

Primary research

​​​• Mid-point review

​​​• Checks and validation

​​​• Analysis​​​

• Strategy and recommendations formulation

Final presentation

Timeline shown is for the Nanyang MBA Full-time cohort, and is subject to change

Project request:

To partner with Nanyang MBA, please send the completed form to Lindsay.

For more information on Strategy Projects at Nanyang (SPAN), please contact:

Prof. Ravi Agarwal, Director, SPAN
Email: RAgarwal@ntu.edu.sg

Ms Lindsay Tan
Email: aagtan@ntu.edu.sg
Office: (65) 6790 6101​​ ​​​

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