Leadership in Changing Business: Social Entrepreneurship
This course is expected to run but has not yet been scheduled.
Social enterprise is a rapidly growing field which utilizes an entrepreneurial approach to address social needs and create positive change. Companies such as Patagonia, Seventh Generation, and Stonyfield Farms epitomize strong and sustainable organizations which are creating both social and financial value. This course will provide students with an overview of this evolving field and help students understand how social entrepreneurs drive innovation and transformation in fields such as health, education, and the environment. Students will examine the opportunities and challenges associated with a variety of types of social enterprises, including social purpose businesses, nonprofits, and revenue generating enterprises. Innovative guest speakers and interesting field trips to local enterprises will provide students with a unique opportunity to engage with individuals and organizations that exemplify mission-driven values. The course will include group projects, teamwork and presentation components leading to developing and pitching your own idea for a non-profit or for-profit social enterprise. Finally, we will explore the various types of careers available in “do well do good” fields and the required education and skills to thrive in these exciting areas. This course will particularly benefit students who enjoy hands-on learning and are eager to apply business models to social issues and needs.