Social Enterprise Concentration

Social enterprises seek to develop, promote, fund, or implement solutions to social, cultural, or environmental issues around the world. With our Social Enterprise concentration, which is designed for passionate, globally conscious professionals, you will learn to create and use business models to advance a social mission. You will prepare for leadership roles within businesses that support a “triple bottom line”—revenue, social impact, and environmental sustainability.

Sample Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this concentration, you will have met a number of learning objectives, including the ability to:

  • Recognize and harness opportunity for social, cultural, or environmental change.
  • Leverage skills employed by social entrepreneurs, including asset-based planning, design thinking, and positive deviance.
  • Exercise best practices for both creating new organizations and leading existing ones.
  • Understand the basics of branding, positioning, and revenue-based social business models.
  • Develop a real-world consulting project—including blueprint and pitch—that addresses a change-making idea

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Specialized Courses

In addition to core courses, students who select the Social Enterprise concentration will take the following courses:

Global-Social Entrepreneurship

This course explores the what, why, how, and who of global social enterprise and builds the mind-set and skills to create positive change in the world. Course work includes a real-world consulting project and developing a blueprint and pitch of a change-making idea.

Social Innovation: Context and Best Practices

What factors and conditions explain patterns of peace and conflict in a global system of political, social, and economic actors competing for power, influence, and advantage? To answer this question, this course introduces core concepts, paradigms, and seminal debates from broadly defined security studies. Students will establish a foundation for investigating the causes and dynamics of conflict at the interstate, regional, and global levels of analysis. By integrating theory and practice, students can contextualize and assess the strategies actors employ to advance their interests as well as the underlying structural and configurational constraints shaping how these actors make decisions.

Leading Social Innovation

This course introduces the key leadership skills employed by social entrepreneurs and distinguishes them from those used to manage more stable, established organizations. Students will learn to recognize opportunities for change and analyze the components of a social enterprise mind-set through written and live case studies. Common leadership pathologies and the dynamics of followership are also considered, along with leaders' uses of hard and soft power.