BUS 431 - Social Enterprise
Social enterprises are mission-driven organizations that trade in goods or services for some defined social purpose. At times, the profits from a business are used to support a specific social goal. Other times, the organization itself accomplishes a defined social aim through its own operations. This class discusses the evolving role played by the social enterprise in the context of changes in both the private and government sectors. This is followed by an elaboration of specific organizational and management challenges faced by social enterprises. The third part of the course focuses, in turn, on different ‘types’ of social enterprises; e.g., large established social enterprises like Habitat for Humanity or C.A.R.E.; social entrepreneurship; global social enterprise; and organizations dedicated to environmental sustainability. The course concludes by discussing careers options in and associated with social enterprises. Additionally, every student that enrolls in this class is required to contribute (i.e., volunteer) 15-20 hours to a social enterprise. The form of this internship is flexible and is determined in consultation with the professor.