CEMS Business Project

CEMSBP CEMS Business Project

Autumn 2021

  • Topics

    The CEMS Business Projects are consultancy-like projects designed as a real-life learning experience for students. International student teams solve a real business challenge presented by the corporate or social partner company. Project findings can add value for the company and impact positively on future business operations.

    The CEMS Business Projects include a wide range of topics on various pressing business challenges, such as the increased need for sustainability, digitalization, international expansion, innovative business models and new forms of collaboration. The aim is to ensure that the business projects appeal to the interest of students of varied backgrounds. Topics are also relevant to NHH's course offerings.

  • Learning outcome

    The CEMS Master in International Management Learning Outcomes are as follows:

    • Internationalism
    • Business-embeddedness 
    • Responsible citizenship
    • Reflective critical thinking
    • Comprehensive leadership

    Additional learning outcomes for the CEMS Business Project include:

    • To learn more about consultancy projects
    • To learn more about project management
    • To learn more about team processes and your own individual role in teams

  • Teaching

    This module is not made up of regular coursework, however it is mandatory for students to attend the following activities during the semester:

    • Kick-Off / Business Project Partners presentations day
    • Seminar on Project Management ¿ Project outline meeting with Corporate / Social Partner Mentor
    • Mid-term report meeting with Academic Mentor 
    • Final student presentations day


    Students receive access to project outlines before attending the Kick-Off / Business Project Partners presentations day. Following the event students are asked to submit their top five (5) preferences for the projects they wish to work on. Allocations of students to projects teams are made, firstly based on student preferences, and secondly on suitability for the project, i.e. relevant work experience, studies and interests. CEMS criteria for group allocations is also an important consideration.


    Each project is assigned both a Corporate / Social partner mentor and Academic Mentor. The project teams correspond with and meet with designated corporate /social partner mentors on a number of occasions throughout the duration of the project to ensure that the group tasks stated in the project outline are progressing as requested . In addition, each project team is assigned an Academic Mentor. The role of the Academic Mentor is to guide the students in terms of direction and to supervise and give feedback on their work on their final project report.

  • Assessment

    Project team performance is assessed based on the final project report. The students within each team receive a common grade. The final report is evaluated in terms of the following criteria.

    • Practical quality: the value added for the company, creativity, feasibility
    • Academic quality: consistency, depth of argument, plausibility, methodology, transfer of theoretical knowledge

    Project teams present their findings and recommendations to social / corporate partner representatives and the other students at a final presentations day at the end of the semester. This is not included in the assessment for this module.

  • Grading Scale

    Grading scale A-F.


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Course responsible

Jan I. Haaland, CEMS Academic Director