What makes a successful project

Our most successful projects have two key characteristics.

  • The project scope is well defined and agreed to by all parties early in the engagement
  • Consistent and effective client involvement. A key contact person must be dedicated to each team. The time commitment is minimal, approximately 2 hours per week, on average.

If these two elements are satisfied, the team will be well focused throughout and the client will be aware of the team's progress and can provide timely input and guidance.


An integral component of the College of Business, Illinois Business Consulting (IBC) is a student consulting organization. Each year, approximately 200 students perform 40-50 projects for Fortune 500, mid-sized, new venture and non-profit clients. The organization enables students to apply their classroom learning to real business issues.

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Client Experience

IBC provides successful results for each client project while providing a real-world student experience. We choose projects that will create opportunity and challenge a student's intellect. IBC uses many different resources within the university and past projects to meet our client's needs. IBC strongly believes that client involvement is highly beneficial for the success of a project and the students. During the project timeline you will expect some of the following responsibilities listed below.