Case studies help you think about an analytics problem from various perspectives within an organization—often with incomplete information—in order to find a solution. Assigned as part of a course, you and your team will decide on the approach you will use to crack the case, identify useful insights from the data set, determine the most effective way to communicate your recommendations, and then present findings to your “client.”
Participation in Fuqua Data Competitions allows you and your team to compete with other teams to find the best solution to a data analytics problem. You will present your results to a panel of judges who come from relevant industry positions, giving your team broad visibility. In addition to Fuqua competitions, there are numerous external competitions that are typically hosted by outside organizations and enable you to put your skills into practice to win prizes or bragging rights. One example is the ASA Datafest @ Duke, an annual competition sponsored by the American Statistical Association where teams tackle a large surprise dataset.
A wide range of student clubs organize activities designed to help students in all programs dive deeper into industries like marketing, sustainability, finance, and health care. Conferences typically include keynotes and panel discussions with managers and executives from different companies, discussing issues in the field or emerging trends. These events provide many informal opportunities to engage with alumni and recruiters in the industry, along with formal networking receptions. You don’t need to be a member of the club to participate. Whether you’re exploring all options or pursuing a specific interest, conferences help build your professional knowledge.
- Making Data Work for Nonprofits, hosted by the Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship (CASE)
- The Duke University Energy Conference, led by the Center for Energy, Development, and the Global Environment
Our Distinguished Speakers Series, held on Fuqua’s campus in the U.S., has been running for more than 30 years. High-profile corporate executives share their personal and professional stories of how they’re actively changing the business world—and giving you an insider look at the industry or career issues they navigate.
- Tim Cook, CEO, Apple — View YouTube videos
- Lisa Borders, Former President, WNBA — View YouTube video
- David Taylor, CEO, Procter and Gamble — View YouTube video
- Jud Linville, CEO, Citi Cards and Ajay Banga, CEO, Mastercard — View YouTube video
- Mary Barra, CEO, General Motors — View YouTube video
- Doug McMillon, CEO, Walmart — View YouTube video
- Martin Dempsey, Retired Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff — View YouTube video
- Bill McDermott, CEO, SAP — View YouTube video
- David Rubenstein, Co-Founder + Co-CEO — View YouTube video
- Roger Ferguson, CEO, TIAA —View YouTube video