The job market seeks professionals who can anticipate problems and exercise simultaneously various roles and activities in their work environment. For this, it is critical that students acquire certain skills, such as identifying and resolving problems, thinking critically, posing arguments, taking decisions and learning how to learn.
In view of this scenario, Insper, through the following projects, focuses on preparing professionals who are capable of tackling competitive work environments that change frequently and demand rapid decisions and teamwork:
The Effective Problem Solving and Problems in Economics courses of the undergraduate programs in Business Administration and Economics, respectively, seek to develop in students the competencies of problem solving, teamwork, communication, critical thinking and results orientation.
The Effective Problem Solving course, which is taken by students in the sixth semester of their Business Administration program, is formed by a theoretical component conducted in the classroom and another practical component conducted in a real corporate environment. In the theoretical component, students discuss and analyze real problems using statistical tools and problem-solving methods. Meanwhile, in the practical component, students work in groups over the course of three months to solve an actual problem at a partner company.
While working on the project at companies, the group is supported by a mentor who guides the team’s work and supports students in their professional development. This mentor is an executive with broad experience in the corporate world who acts as a partner to the School and dedicates time to contributing to students’ progress in achieving the program’s learning goals.
“Effective Problem Solving is the best project I’ve been a part of at Insper. You don’t just apply what you’ve learned, but also have amazing experiences in a real-world environment!” Camila Assumpção Muratore – Effective Problem Solving student (project at AACD)
“Effective Problem Solving is incredible and I hope that more and more companies open their doors to allow these highly qualified students help us discover the bottlenecks that we didn’t even know existed.” Horácio Lafer Piva – Chairman of the Board of AACD
The Problems in Economics course, which is taken by students in the sixth semester of their Economics program, requires them to solve, over the course of the semester, various real-world problems brought and experienced by the professors. The project is carried out in groups and the proposed solution is presented at the end of the course to a panel formed by eminent economists in the market and academic community.
“Problems in Economics was by far the course that I most liked in terms of practical experience. The lack of proof and the weekly group exercises forced students to step out of their comfort zones and their well-known routine of previous semesters. The challenges of working in a group are clear. Both practical and intellectual conflicts arise, but the results are also enriched by the plurality of ideas and everyone’s involvement.” Francisco Jaguaribe de Lara Resende, Economics student
Developed by the institution’s faculty, the Case Study Collection is composed of case studies that focus on the corporate context in both the Brazilian and international markets. The topics addressed include:
The case study is a teaching tool that simulates the day-to-day activities of the corporate world and presents a poorly structured problem with no predefined solution, which requires students to identify the problem, analyze the evidence, develop logical arguments and evaluate and propose solutions.
By discussing the case, students gain insight into the conflicts presented and enrich their learning with the viewpoints of their classmates, reaching the conclusion that there are no readymade responses, whether right or wrong. To effectively participate in the discussion and contribute to the collective learning experience, students must read the class content in advance and analyze the data presented.