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Action Learning Project

Action Learning Project (ALP) is a practical and high-impact way to develop your ability to think and lead across an organization by applying what you have learned in the classroom. Yes, they are a kind-of class project, but the difference between the typical class project and these transformative projects is the difference between a glass of skim milk and a milkshake.

Working with a faculty advisor in teams or individually, ALPs create practical learning experiences by integrating knowledge gained from the core curriculum and focusing on real business problems in real-time – outside the risks and demands of your day-to-day job. Action Learning Projects focus on three broad areas where we see executive skills and leadership put to the test in organizations: entrepreneurship, business process consulting and leading change.


ALPs take place over the course of the program.

The Smith EMBA’s ALP focuses on business problem solving. You may decide to examine the entire organization and choose to reengineer its business practices. You’re tasked with assessing its mission and goals, improving processes, allocating resources and creating products. It’s exactly the kind of challenge you’re very likely to face today in your role – or tomorrow as the CEO of any organization. And with your classmates at Smith, you have the opportunity to undertake these projects and try out new leadership skills in a trusting environment.

Throughout, feedback from teammates is incorporated into your leadership development plan. Understanding how others view you and your performance is a constant theme throughout the Smith EMBA program, and the ALPs provide excellent opportunities to receive valuable feedback.


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