As the Denver MBA’s Corporate Challenge winds down, we took a moment to catch up with Ball Corporation, one of our generous Corporate Partners. Founded in 1880, Ball Corporation has more than 18,450 employees around the world and supplies innovative, sustainable metal packaging solutions for beverage, food and household products, as well as aerospace and other technologies and services, primarily for the U.S. government.

Q: Can you describe Ball Corporation’s vision and values?

A: Our “Drive for 10” vision identifies five levers that are key to growing our business and achieving long-term success:

  • Maximizing value in our existing businesses
  • Expanding into new products and capabilities
  • Aligning ourselves with the right customers and markets
  • Broadening our geographic reach
  • Leveraging our know-how and technological expertise to provide a competitive advantage

We’re proud of our rich history and we recognize that the whole of our company is greater than the sum of its parts. Most importantly, we believe in our people, our culture and our ability to deliver value to all our stakeholders. Though we encourage and embrace our diversity of thought, business, location and language, we are “One Ball,” valuing:

  • Uncompromising integrity
  • Being close to our customers
  • Behaving like owners
  • Focusing on attention to detail
  • Being innovative

Q: Why did you decide to become a Corporate Challenge partner and what value do you find in this collaboration with Daniels’ Denver MBA students?

A: At Ball, we depend on out-of-the-box thinking and value diversity as essential to the success of our business because it helps to unleash ideas and fuel innovation, which drives growth and value throughout our global organization. The business world is continually changing and the Corporate Challenge program allows us to partner with one of the country’s most innovative MBA programs and its students to gain their strategic insights on one of our actual projects.

Q: What do Daniels students stand to gain from this collaboration?

A: By collaborating with companies like Ball, the students can experience what it is like to work for or with a global corporation, as well as the opportunity to apply classroom concepts to real world business situations and initiatives. They’ll be able to leverage these learnings as they enter the business world and beyond.

Q: What advice might you give another corporation contemplating partnering with Daniels in this capacity?

A: We’ve had a wonderful experience with the students so far. They’ve expressed a tremendous amount of interest in our business and what we’re trying to accomplish, so they always come prepared with questions and ideas. Be willing to answer their questions and provide the information or data they need if it is available. Also, give them opportunities to see some of the day-to-day business activities. For example, our student team took a tour of one of our beverage packaging manufacturing facilities, which gave them a good understanding of that part of our business. They were also able to gain some insights that they applied to their project.

Q: What has been the most interesting or enjoyable aspect of working with our students on the Corporate Challenge?

A: It’s been really enjoyable to see how much initiative the students have taken to learn about our business, products, customers and consumers. They took the initiative to go beyond the classroom and interview various consumer segments to get their thoughts on sustainable beverage packaging choices. It was interesting for us to hear what they learned and how they can apply it to the rest of the project.