Student Perspectives

G3 Projects

G3 is designed to prepare students to meet the most pressing issues facing businesses in the 21st Century. The learning objectives for G3 focus on integration and globalization:

  1. Work in globally-integrated and cross-functional teams – Work effectively and professionally in a team-based environment under the time constraints and pressures that exist in organizations today.
  2. Integrate first-year coursework – Concepts from all coursework completed in the first year of the program are integrated into the project.
  3. Prepare professional business deliverables – Both formal and short presentations, written papers and individual reflections, thoughtful and intelligent questioning of speakers and other presenters.
  4. Global "best practices" – Teams will research the best applications of sustainability from around the world and apply them to their clients’ challenges.

G3 is Hands-on and Practical

Throughout the program, we try to provide real-world experiences and challenges for our students. This program requires students to provide multiple deliverables for clients, coaches; field trips; and various experts and guest speakers, and team members by dealing with pressure, deadlines, and ambiguity.

Students put in more than one-hundred hours in two weeks, spread across activities in class; extensive meetings with team members, their client, and coach; and field trips.

Outside of class, teams have coaching sessions with their team coach and "executive life lines." The results of these activities and meetings are presentations and papers, with a final formal presentation made to the client.

G3 Systems Approach

G3 is designed to ensure our students understand the interconnectedness of all business processes:

  • MBA teams will work on comprehensive sustainability strategies for client companies as a way to learn and apply integrated business systems thinking.
  • In G3, we tear down functional silos by integrating our curriculum, functional content, students, academics, scientists, and industry experts in a single project.
  • Throughout G3, students will be expected to periodically present their findings to senior management of their client company as well as submit written reports for their review..

G3 has been created to teach each and every MBA how to succeed in the high stakes, high challenge, and high stress environments of today’s business world. Thankfully, not every day will be like this – but some will and we want you to be prepared for them. Our shared purpose is to have students leave UAlbany's MBA program knowing they can succeed!

G3 Student Opinions

Mike Lavilotti "UAlbany has an MBA with teeth. Through its combination of field projects, real world scenarios and applications as well as the Going Green Globally (G3) consulting project, I have found a new career path which I previously had not even been aware of as an option. In combination with the learning experience, the contacts I made through these various environments allowed me to secure a perfect internship to help me transition from the academic to the professional working world. I couldn't be more satisfied with my choice of academic programs than I am with the choice I made with UAlbany."

Mike Lavilotti
Class of 2012
NYISO Intern

Jamiris Ogando "G3 has equipped me with the skill sets that are essential in the business world where engaging in sustainable practices is crucial to a company's longevity. During my internship this past summer, I looked to what I learned during G3 as I identified areas of opportunities that were crucial to the client in order to fulfill their long-term goals."

Jamiris Ogando
Class of 2011
Ernst & Young

Greg Weller "G3 was a unique experience that challenged me in many different way. On day one we hit the ground running with presentations, tight deadlines, and group and client meetings. It truly replicated the fast pace of today's business world. I was able to network with professionals across various industries and leveraged one relationship into a great summer internship of National Grid. I am still using many of the skills I refined during G3 in my current position as Marketing Manager for a technology company and am glad I have experience to reflect on."

Greg Weller
Class of 2010
Frontrunner Network Systems