Degree Programs

Capstone Project for Organizational Management

Not just theory. Practical application.

In the John Brown University Degree Completion Program, we don't just teach you about things, we teach you how to do things. From the moment you step foot in our classrooms, you'll learn practical skills that you can employ in your current position.

The pinnacle of the OM program is our applied research/development course: Organizational Management Capstone Project. The project, which integrates knowledge acquired throughout the program, is created during the third term and presented in the final course.

Project options include—but are not limited to—a business plan, a grant or capital campaign proposal, a new charity or ministry, a major project for a company or organization, or a comprehensive training process.

Below is a short list of Capstone Projects that were recently completed by students in the Degree Completion Program.

Dustin C. Biery, Mulberry
Bieryhill Poultry Farm: Small-scale hatchery start-up business based on rare or endangered heritage breeds that were vital in creating 99% of all other breeds. Utilized demographic, market, and product availability analyses to determine the overall effectiveness of the potential business.

Garrett Brown, Siloam Springs
Naked Naturals, A Soap Company: Complete process of obtaining a government grant to begin an upstart soap company, including making a business plan, creating a website, working with local vendors, and making contact with the public. Naked Naturals will make clean, healthy products that are eco and human conscious.

Tracy Coffman, Harrison
Pat’s Page: Named for Coffman’s mother who died from cancer two years ago, Pat’s Page is a website for cancer patients as well as their families, friends, and caregivers.

Sharon Estes, Harrison
Report of Customer Concern Process: Developed classification of three different levels of external customer concerns and a checklist of timelines and documents needed for each level.

Pat Hansen, Hot Springs
Ouachita Folk Center: To establish a Folk Center in Malvern, Arkansas similar to the Ozark Folk Center in Mountain View. Project was selected because of the general lack of industry in the area due to plant closings, as well as the downturn of the economy. The Center would also fill a gap in the Ouachita area for residents and visitors to embrace the rich historic and cultural roots of the area. Research included trends in heritage tourism.

Jennifer Henson, Marshall
Jennifer Henson, Tax & Bookkeeping Services: Business plan for starting tax and bookkeeping business, focusing on developing a strategic management plan and marketing plan that best utilizes the strengths and opportunities presented by the company.

Amanda Mooney, Fayetteville
The Fish Hook: Business plan for a start-up catfish restaurant, utilizing marketing, statistics, and strategic management papers as well as independent research on the components of opening a new restaurant. Plan covered the start-up cost and business plan for the first year.

Mary Neighbors, Mansfield
R&M HD Service & Repair: A startup business plan for a partnership specializing in Harley-Davidson early model motorcycle repair that took into account the age, unemployed status, experience, and new education of the partners.  This business plan utilized the marketing, statistical analyses, accounting, and ethics courses offered through the OM program of JBU to determine and combine the community needs with the partners' skills, personalities, and financial status.

Travis Nuckolls, Bentonville
New Life Cleaning Company: Business plan for a bio-hazard cleaning company. Goal was to complete thorough bio-hazard cleaning jobs while ensuring the latest safety protocol is followed.

Heather L. Rowe, Harrison
Rowe Woodworking: Complete business plan for a small, privately owned woodworking business located in the heart of the Ozarks. Included strategies to combat the recession and the collapse of the housing market.

Brad Walker, Van Buren
Co-Occurring Disorders in Substance Abuse Treatment: Analysis to determine if the needs of those dealing with both mental illness and substance abuse/dependence were being met in local treatment facilities and, if not, what improvements could be put in place to improve the situation.