Munchiez Food Truck: Entrepreneurship, Strategic Decision Making, and Sustainability
The semester-long small business management class at Southern New Hampshire University had incorporated into the course a food truck under the brand name "Munchiez" as a catalyst for students to integrate and apply the concepts they learned about in various business classes. As such, Munchiez was a vital teaching tool at the school. However, with an 80 per cent turnover rate each semester, knowledge transfer and financial stability quickly became critical issues for the Munchiez team to assess. As of December 2016, Munchiez was operating at a deficit. Some team members suggested that Munchiez may need a general manager. In order to continue receiving financial support from the university, Munchiez's management had to answer some difficult questions: How should Munchiez increase the transfer of knowledge from semester to semester? What strategies should be used in order to break even? Would the business benefit from a general manager? If so, how could the team find the right person for this position? The authors Susan Losapio and Sophia Koustas are affiliated with Southern New Hampshire University.