Eight Marquette University students were led by Dr. David Clark of the Department of Economics and Ms. Beth Krey, Assistant Director of the Center for Supply Chain Management on a two week study trip to India during the first two weeks of January 2013. The purpose of the trip was to serve as business consultants to several business enterprises in India.
The group first traveled to St. Xavier’s College in Ahmedabad where the students evaluated the operations of two student-run companies. These companies are made up of science students who seek to gain some insights into how modern companies are run. The first of these so-called Industrial Training Units (ITU’s) is the XPlant company, which is comprised of biotechnology students. XPlant specializes in plant propagation and sells a decorative plant that is grown in a controlled test-tube environment. The second ITU is named XOIC (pronounced zoyk) which stands for Xavier’s Organization of Industrial Chemistry. XOIC is made up chemistry students who specialize in the production of various gel candle products.
The group then traveled to Dediapada, a village in rural Gujarat where they examined the Aadi Aushadhi cooperative. Aadi Aushadhi is a group of rural farmers who are growing medicinal plants that are used in traditional medicines as well as in various food products. Finally, the group traveled to New Delhi and visited a St. Vincent DePaul parish in a slum area to evaluate the V-Care cooperative. V-Care is a self-help group established by the parish and comprised of young women who have learned various skills including sewing/tailoring, jewelry making, and candle making. Through V-Care, they are producing high quality products that when sold, effectively supplement their family income.
For each of these enterprises, the Marquette students evaluate their current state of operations and then they make recommendations as to how to further improve the operations of the business, especially as they relate to the sales and marketing of products. A formal report is completed in the semester after the trip and delivered to the respective organizations.
The group also took a day trip to the Taj Mahal, and experienced one of the true man-made Wonders of the World. Everyone agreed that the trip was a great success marked by new friends, excellent food, lots of chaotic traffic and memories that will last a lifetime.
The students and chaperones are pictured in front of the Taj Mahal with our Delhi host, Mr. Ajay Dewan, (a 1980 Marquette MBA). Clockwise from the right front row are: Claire Garrova, Beth Krey, Laura Malandra, Lauren LaLuz, Ajay Dewan, Alice Olgles, David Riedel, David Clark, Jahred Zmolek, Ben Clark and Krista Worzalla.
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