Global Business Practicum: Singapore January 2017

The Global Business Practicum is an in-company intensively-taught subject where students experience the unique business practices and culture of an international company first-hand. Francois-Paul Bourg, shares his experience with GlaxoSmithKline Singapore.

Francois-Paul Bourg, Dual Master Degree in International Business and Global Supply Chain Management, HEC Montréal (Canada)
Francois-Paul Bourg

The Global Business Practicum at GlaxoSmithKline Singapore was a life-changing experience.

I was forced to step out of my comfort zone many times during the two-week project, and polished my consulting soft skills. I expected to learn how to apply my academic knowledge to a real-world consulting project, but I also learnt about myself and how to work as part of a team – not just a group. would provide all of the above and more.

The project from GlaxoSmithKline was challenging yet exciting: design and create a forecasting model for repairs and maintenance. It required specific skills and precise knowledge, which was a challenge at first. Before starting to work on the project, my teammates and I all had to voice our strengths and acknowledge our weaknesses in order to all work together as a true team. Openly talking about ourselves made me aware of things I did not know about myself, and I really learnt from the experience. It created a strong team bond and helped us to leverage our own individual strengths. It also showed me how to best interact with people from different cultural backgrounds as I got a better understanding of my teammate’s working styles.

We were delighted that we met GlaxoSmithKline’s expectations and that our work was valuable to them. Francois-Paul Bourg, Dual Master Degree in International Business and Global Supply Chain Management, HEC Montréal (Canada)

After working together for two long weeks, we finally presented our findings to our host company. We were delighted that we met GlaxoSmithKline’s expectations and that our work was valuable to them. Working in Singapore was very new for me - it was my first time working in Asia and I really enjoyed it. The working atmosphere and environment are very different from what I am used to in Australia and Europe, but I now know that I can easily adapt myself to any environment.

The Global Business Practicum in Singapore has definitely been a milestone in my career path and strengthened my self-confidence. The experience helped me to grow as a leader and has been a valuable addition to my Masters of International Business.

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