“Tell me, and I forget. Teach me, and I remember. Involve me, and I learn.” - Benjamin Franklin
An important part of life at IMHI is participating in various case studies and projects that challenge us to find innovative and creative solutions to the real-world issues facing companies. In Managing People, we were asked to develop the human resources implementation plan for Sofitel in a variety of destinations; in Revenue Management, we had the task of creating strategies for alternative businesses that could benefit from the application of revenue management in their daily operations; and most recently in Asset Management, our project centered on advising a real estate investment fund on the value of a specific investment opportunity.
In addition to these projects, students at IMHI will have yet another avenue through which they can gain even more concrete, hands-on experience. Junior IMHI Hospitality Consulting, the brainchild of Professor Nicolas Graf, Academic Director of the MBA in Hospitality, was unofficially launched at IMHI’s Paris Get-Together this past March. This organization, run entirely by and for students of ESSEC’s MBA in Hospitality Management, expects to provide students the opportunity to work on real world consulting projects for a variety of hospitality organizations. At the same time, client companies will be able to benefit from the experiences, expertise and ideas of IMHI students, who will work together to envision and implement solutions for their many business needs.
Every IMHI student will become a member of Junior IMHI upon enrollment in the MBA program and will be able to actively participate in missions and projects as per their individual experience and expertise. It is expected that by complementing previous experience with knowledge obtained through IMHI’s various courses, project teams will be able to provide a unique value to Junior IMHI’s future clients.
As the current first-year students have left for internships or apprenticeships, the second year students have taken it upon themselves to prepare everything for their return in September, when they will be ready to begin Junior IMHI’s operations full force. Seeking to create a legacy for future IMHI students, these second-years have prepared and submitted legal paperwork, created the organization’s website, and have begun contacting potential clients for future projects. The aim is that future generations of IMHI students will have the opportunity to not only learn through traditional teaching methods and professional work experience, but also through involvement in the challenges of real-world companies.
For more information regarding Junior IMHI Hospitality Consulting, please visit the organization’s website: www.juniorimhi.com.