Introduction to Social Entrepreneurship
Social entrepreneurship is a new and fast-growing field of academic- and policy- relevant study that requires academic, practitioner, and policy actors’ cooperation, as it lies at the intersection of the fields of entrepreneurship and social change. The course will describe, compare, and contrast emerging social enterprises with more "traditional" early stage ventures in the private sector. Students will learn the theory and practice of social entrepreneurship through experiential, interactive, and collaborative classroom sessions. Students will have the opportunity to communicate with practitioners and jointly build a business model for a social project. Finally they will also learn about the diverse pathways by which public policy impacts social entrepreneurship.
The first week will cover the definitions and processes of business entrepreneurship and social entrepreneurship to highlight their distinctions. Students will study the entrepreneurial process in business enterprises vs. social ventures and tensions between the social and entrepreneurial identities of social ventures. Students will also meet with 2-3 local social entrepreneurs for whom students will build a social business model canvas.
The second week will go deeper into the business models of the social ventures and student assignments for the local social entrepreneurs. Student will study how to manage the triple bottom line: Frameworks and company practices will be presented with perspectives on the prevalent distribution and typology of social entrepreneurship by geographical regions, gender and ethnicity and meet with social entrepreneurs.
The third week will cover the practice of social entrepreneurship by firms – national and multinational and explore their drivers – whether by own firm vision, societal context, regulation, market failures or policy failures. The topics covered will be, Corporate social entrepreneurship (e.g. Yves Rocher) and Social Entrepreneurship by Foundations (e.g. Gates Foundation).
The fourth week will focus on social entrepreneurship by public bodies and/or embedded in public programs for regional development. This week students will explore public policy initiatives that are direct social entrepreneurship initiatives contributing to sustainable and inclusive development. They will also discuss how national bodies, municipalities and local councils facilitate the emergence and growth of social entrepreneurship by increasing awareness of social problems, and helping them to acquire resources, coordinate with other organizations, and implement programs. It will involve discussion with practitioners working with diverse local public initiatives. This course provides students with a socially relevant academic experience in gaining in-depth insights on economic and social value creation activities of social entrepreneurs and enterprises across a number of sectors. In terms of skills-building, the course involves active listening, responsibility and presentation skills. Students will also learn how to create business model canvas in the context of social entrepreneurship.
Doelstellingen van dit vak
Social Entrepreneurship, Intrapreneurship, Business Plan, Government Support