Kevin’s Company (a business consulting simulation)

Description

In the year-long internship program, the participants perform in an extended role play in which they act as business consultants in a simulated consulting company (i.e., not a real company) titled Kevin’s Company.

  • Each participant is assigned to a consulting team.
  • Classroom sessions are conducted as company meetings.
  • The instructor is a native English speaker.
  • The instructor teaches business research and business communication to the participants and directly supervises the consulting teams.
  • All meetings are conducted in English.
  • The meetings are conducted in two locations: 1) KUIS and 2) British Hills (BH).
  • The client of Kevin’s Company is British Hills.
  • The participants work in small teams to conduct business research in connection with British Hills.
  • The teams prepare presentations and reports in which they give their recommendations for improving the business operations of British Hills.

The aim of the internship program is to give a leadership experience to the participants. At British Hills, the participants interact with the leaders of the various departments and are treated not as undergraduate students but as business professionals.

References

Knight, K. (2006). Kevin’s company at KUIS. [PowerPoint presentation]. Fukuoka, JA: JALT 2006.

Knight, K. (2007). Kevin’s company at KUIS. [PowerPoint presentation]. Ibaraki, JA: JALT Ibaraki Chapter.

Knight, K. (2008a). Global workforce development through business internship program: Kevin’s company at Kanda University of International Studies. The Journal of Kanda University of International Studies, 20, 207-234.

Knight, K. (2008b). Kevin’s company at KUIS. [PowerPoint presentation]. New York, NY: TESOL 2008.

Knight, K. (2008c). Kevin’s company from the perspective of professional communication research. [PowerPoint presentation]. Hong Kong: APACLSP 2008.

Knight, K. (2009). Business internship program development in light of professional communication research: Kevin’s company at Kanda University of International Studies. In V. Bhatia, W. Cheng, V. Du-Babcock, & J. Lung (Eds.), Language for professional communication: Research, practice & training (pp. 235-249). Hong Kong: City University of Hong Kong, Asia-Pacific LSP and Professional Communication Association and the Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

Knight, K. (2010a). Leadership development in business internship program: Kevin’s company at Kanda University of International Studies. The Journal of Kanda University of International Studies, 22, 245-273.

Knight, K. (2010b). Framing for success in business internship program. [PowerPoint presentation]. Kuala Lumpur, MY: APACLSP 2010.

Knight, K. (2011). Kevin’s company at KUIS. [PowerPoint presentation]. New Orleans, LA: TESOL 2011.

Knight, K. (2012g). Developing global competencies and leadership skills in undergraduates: The evolution of Kevin’s company at KUIS in the light of ESP best practices. [PowerPoint presentation]. Southern Taiwan University of Science and Technology: 2012 International Conference & Workshop on English for Specific Purposes.

Knight, K. (2012). Developing global competencies and leadership skills in undergraduates: The evolution of Kevin’s company at KUIS in the light of ESP best practices. In conference proceedings of 2012 International Conference & Workshop on English for Specific Purposes. Tainan, Taiwan: Southern Taiwan University of Science and Technology.

Knight, K. (2012). Creatively designing intensive business English programs to meet learner needs. [PowerPoint presentation]. Philadelphia, PA: TESOL 2012.

Knight, K. (2013a). Leadership: A crucial variable in a business internship program. [PowerPoint presentation]. Dallas, TX: TESOL 2013.

Knight, K. (2013b). Developing global competencies and leadership skills in undergraduates: The evolution of Kevin’s company in the light of ESP best practices. [PowerPoint presentation]. Dallas, TX: TESOL 2013.

 

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