Business schools are extending the MBA classroom to the real world, helping students hone skills, network and sometimes, land jobs

During an “innovation week”, IMD’s MBAs took part in a dizzying mix of lectures and visits to healthcare facilities, to create a product concept, business plan and prototype it.

Alleviating the woes of ill children, sufferers of brain cancer and dodgy hips is not traditionally the preserve of MBA students. But for IMD Business School’s cohort in Lausanne, this is a staple of their program.

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