Economics serving society

EDCBA Capstone Projects

The capstone project mainly consists of fulfilling a consulting mandate given by a company or any other organization interested in taking advantage of the training provided by our program in economic evaluation of all types of investment projects.

It allows students to approach the realities of corporate life and includes 72 hours taught by staff and guest lecturers with extensive experience in industry. It offers a unique opportunity to learn from experts how to manage and deliver a consultancy mandate.

Examples of Capstone projects for academic year 2018-2019 proposed by our Sponsors:

  • Creating new business models out of massive data: the telecommunications industry. A key and very large operator, collecting massive data, questions their monetization. Better understand how consumers actually behave may be the source of value creating opportunities, not only by selling data to other industries (car and mobility, luxury products, FMCG) but, also, by creating its own “verticals”, as Orange currently developing a banking activity. The project identifies internal and external productivity breakthroughs, which are the foundations of economic value, and explores which financial strategy is appropriate to create enduring value.
  • Durable goods and industrial strategy. For an industrial firm, understanding how customers actually use its equipment and the impact on durability, maintenance and research & development is key. Internet of Thing (IoT) is one of the main “game changers” of the next decades, which motivates a multinational company to ask students how an intelligent use of IoT creates long-term competitive advantage against low-cost suppliers.
  • CBA of regional transport services: a multimodal perspective. ARAFER, the french multimodal transport regulator is in charge of ensuring the efficiency of interurban ground transport operations. At the regional level, coach transportation may be an alternative to rail transportation in the absence of railway infrastructure or if the expected passenger demand is too low. The Capstone project proposed by ARAFER is dedicated to the comparison of coach services and train services using cost-benefit analysis. The objective is to better understand what are the advantages and the drawbacks of each mode, and their scope of relevance.