As the nature of work moves towards more fluid and team-based environments, organizations are re-examining how they create cultures where their people can continuously develop new skills and behaviors that fuel better business results. The ways in which employees give and receive feedback are a particular area of focus. As highlighted in a recent Harvard Business Review article, companies are gravitating toward “less formal, more frequent feedback that follows the natural cycle of work.”*
This trend has led to a proliferation of tools and approaches for promoting developmental conversations in the workplace. However, many companies still question whether these investments are generating business impact. Are employees motivated to act on feedback? Are they growing and developing more quickly as professionals? Are they engaged and connected in the workplace?
In partnership with the Landegger Program in International Business Diplomacy, PwC is searching for students to participate in a semester-long, team-based learning experience to investigate how business leaders can stronger build cultures of continuous feedback and development.
How does it work?
Interested students should submit individual applications for the Spring 2019 Field Study. PwC will select 5-6 students to form a Field Study team. Over the course of the semester, the team will receive personalized coaching and guidance from senior consultants in PwC’s People & Organization Practice (www.pwc.com/us/en/people-management/index.jhtml) as they work to research a real, talent-related challenge that PwC is aiming to solve. At the end of the semester, the Field Study team will present a final deliverable to PwC leaders, which will influence PwC’s global talent strategy.
Who is eligible?
Undergraduate and Graduate IBD Candidates, as well as students enrolled in an IBD gateway course. Preference will be given to students already accepted into the IBD Program.
What is the time commitment?
Each team member should plan to dedicate approximately 8 hours per week to the Field Study, including one day-long workshop, two team meetings per week, and individual research. The Field Study will run from mid January through mid-to-late April.
Do participants receive compensation?
The Field Study is an interactive learning experience that does not include compensation. However, participants will receive coaching and guidance from senior PwC consultants throughout the semester.
What do past participants have to say about the experience?
-What did you like about working on the PwC Field Study project?
"My expectations about alumni engagement were surpassed! The alumni were very committed to our learning and development and gave us exposure to others in the firm."
"I liked working with an interdisciplinary team of colleagues and getting out of my program bubble. I learned a great deal from my teammates and about myself."
"I really liked presenting to executives at the firm at PwC headquarters. I had to focus on being on my A game in my presentation skills."
-Why did you decide to participate in PwC Field Study?
"I wanted to dip into consulting and learn about working in teams and giving feedback."
"I wanted a better understanding of what it would be like to be on a consulting project that had real world consequences and outcomes. I also wanted some alumni mentorship."
"I thought the topic was interesting and wanted to learn more through an actual experience."
What do PwC leaders have to say about the past field studies?
"I was blown away by the final presentation, tangible actions and data . . . The team was so professional, prepared and passionate….The team nailed it . . . beyond expectations!"
"We welcome your thought leadership!"
"The...client for the field study, was very pleased with the quality of the recommendations and is sharing the findings with members of our Global Human Capital leadership team. I have attached the team's work product below, which was top-notch."
"Your research, analysis and presentation turned out great. Well done."
How do I apply?
Applications are due by 11:59 pm ET on Wednesday, January 16th. Please complete the application form below and submit it electronically.
Who can I contact with questions?
Please direct questions to Danny Fortin at email@example.com
1. Please block your calendar to attend a 4 hour kickoff workshop at Georgetown University on Saturday, January 26th. You will be notified of the time by January 18th. Participation is mandatory for those who are selected to join the team.
2. Briefly respond to the questions in the online questionnaire by 11:59 pm ET Wednesday, January 16th.
3. In addition to completing the online questionnaire, please email your resume, saved as Field_Study_[insert your last name]_Resume, to Rosie O’Neil at firstname.lastname@example.org.
4. All applications submitted by the deadline will be reviewed with equal weight, but early submission is encouraged. You will be notified of the disposition of your application by January 18th. Students will have 24 hours to respond to an invitation to join the team.