PROGRAM HIGHLIGHT:

ProjectX 3.0: Brazil Case Competition

featuring purdue university and americanas s.a

THE PROJECT

ProjectX 3.0 was a project developed in a partnership between campus b and Purdue University, offered to the students along with other case competition programs.

This one, however, was unique. Students from Purdue had the support from Brazilian students to crack the case and develop the best solution, combining their knowledge from different fields of study and the multicultural aspect. Americanas S.A, one of the largest Brazilian retailers and e-commerce platforms, was the host from this case. Divided in five different groups of Purdue and Brazilian students, for 2 weeks they participated in classes, cultural activities, company talks and interactions with Americanas’ representatives that provided the grounds for the main project development. 

Host company

” The experience of working with Purdue and Brazilian students in a case competition was very enriching for us! We were able to grasp an external look at the company and the employer brand actions we carried out, clarifying our strengths and our points of improvement. Students also brought in a benchmarking with several actions and companies that will help us to have a more innovative and assertive strategy, in addition to a self-analysis of what is already in place and the possibilities applicable in the domestic market.”

To make sure the groups would engage successfully and be able to feel comfortable with each other, developing multicultural communication skills was key. In every session students would engage in warm ups, ice breaking or a cultural activity constructed to build teamwork, but also to support adaptability. The multiculturality aspect is one of the main tools to make the students feel that they are living a true cultural exchange experience and learning through collaboration and teamwork. 

International Project-based Learning

14 students from Purdue University
and 13 Brazilian students

Brazil

Background

The goal of the program was to work on a real Employer Branding case while also developing global awareness and multicultural skills that are required when working on a diverse and international team. Following the iPBL methodology, the development of their investigation was supported by lectures, company talks and mentorings. Professor Rodrigo Ferreira (campus b) provided them with support through their journey, guaranteeing a good flow of work between company needs and  students’ innovative ideas. 

The Results

During the program, the following concept and practices were explored:

Improve Critical Thinking

While learning more about Employer Branding, students had to deep dive into Brazilian Job Market trends, cultural context, the Company’s Values and its business model; By using their skills in research, benchmarking and academic knowledge, each group had to exercise their critical thinking to validate and adapt their ideas to a specific cultural context, as well as to the company’s current reality.

Adaptability

Students had contact with professionals on the front lines of developing the company’s new policies and strategies, while at the same time having to adapt to a unique context, in terms of culture, business model, company’s values and more. Getting out of the comfort zone and reporting to a real host company was a key part of the working process.

Develop of Multicultural Abilities

ProjectX had participants from several regions of the US, Brazil, China, India, Indonesia and Canada. During many cultural activities, warm ups and ice-breakers, groups were encouraged to connect through empathy, respect, curiosity and openness. Learning from different perspectives allowed each participant to experience first hand the many ways in which diversity, respect and collaboration are key to reach great solutions.

Our passion in the academic field has given us the privilege of actively collaborating with more than 80 universities, offering professional and extracurricular experience journeys directly impacting more than 4000 students.

Written by:

Maya Ferreira and Pamela Camarano

Campus b Team

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