3:00 - 5:50pm
Course #
PPHA 33610
Spring 2018

There is now widespread consensus that social entrepreneurs bring a far better mechanism to create solutions to complex social, human and environmental problems. Where governments, traditional non-profits, and private sector enterprises have failed, social entrepreneurs are creating systemic impact. These entrepreneurs are combining innovation with market-based principles to solve social problems at a systemic level – developing innovative operating models that are sustainable, scalable and measureable. These characteristics, combined with their passion and ability to see social problems as opportunities, form the hallmark of the social entrepreneur.

The course engages students to think about how social entrepreneurs develop sustainable solutions to drive social change. Students will be introduced to the theory and practice of social enterprise, highlighting real-life organizations and entrepreneurs and the challenges they face. Students will also be exposed to many of the strategies used by social entrepreneurs to create high-impact enterprises. It is expected that students will emerge from the course with a set of tools and frameworks to help them build a strategy for starting their own enterprises, or for changing an existing one.

The course specifically focuses on social business models spanning non-profit organizations, non-government organizations, hybrid enterprises and socially responsible for-profit businesses. The course takes a global perspective, focusing on organizations and ventures in both the US and abroad. Through course readings, case studies, articles and guest presenters, students will be exposed to the various approaches to social entrepreneurship and the strengths and weaknesses of different models and strategies, and the leadership characteristics required to found, build and run a successful social enterprise.