MGMT-630 Social Entrepreneurship
Spring for 2011-2012
Perhaps the most succinct of many definitions of “social entrepreneurship” is provided by Greg Dees:
“innovative approaches to social change.” Starting in 1978 with Bill Drayton’s global search for
quintessential social entrepreneurs to President Obama’s inclusion of social entrepreneurship in his
2009 Cairo speech, social entrepreneurship has become one of the fastest growing concentrations in
management and is receiving recognition as an important policy strategy at the national and
international level. This course provides students with a shovel-ready grounding in social
entrepreneurship. It differentiates social entrepreneurship from corporate social responsibility, teaches
how to critically analyze social ventures, and demonstrates how to envision, fund, launch, and
evaluate for-profit and nonprofit ventures to achieve desired social change. The course is designed for
those who aspire to leadership in social entrepreneurship, those interested in the policy implications
of social change, and those who could benefit from understanding the social dimensions and
possibilities of any for-profit or nonprofit venture to create a better world. The first part of the course
introduces a conceptual framework for understanding social entrepreneurship as social change as well
as a set of analytical and planning tools for systematically examining social entrepreneurial ventures.
The second part of the course features case studies on social ventures to be analyzed using these tools.
The final paper can either be an analysis of an existing venture or a concept paper to create a new one.
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