Social Entrepreneurship and Impact Investing, BBA and MBA (BUS 431/631)
Social enterprises are mission-driven organizations that trade in goods or services for some defined social purpose. This course discusses the evolving role played by the social enterprise. 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., established social enterprises; social entrepreneurship; global social enterprises; and organizations dedicated to environmental sustainability. As part of the course, students are required to contribute 20 volunteer hours over the course of the term to a social enterprise of his/her choosing. The course concludes by discussing career options in and associated with social enterprises.
Business and Society, BBA and MBA (BUS 332/532)
The past two decades have marked a revolution in the social role of the corporation. Companies are increasingly looking to corporate social responsibility (CSR) as a way to not only re-evaluate profits but also as a way to boost them. Governments, the United Nations, and a host of nongovernmental organizations are also actively involved in monitoring corporations on their non-financial performance. Why do companies engage in socially responsible activities? Do CSR initiatives actually lead to better impacts? This course will explore the rapidly expanding and shifting terrain of corporate social responsibility. We will delve into the big questions in the field, meet and talk with some of its key players, and grapple with real-world examples of how corporations are putting CSR initiatives into action. A sizeable portion of the course focuses on the more specific issue of sustainability, including how organizations like Trucost assess and monitor the environmental impacts of businesses around the world.
Catalyzing Social Impacts, BBA and MBA (BUS 535)
This project course allows students to gain valuable experience developing creative solutions to challenges currently faced by organizations in the social enterprise sector. While conducting structured and systematic research, students are exposed to the many experiments and ideas that relate to each project. They then apply the skills that they develop in business school to develop solutions that address the assigned problem and thereby make valuable contributions to our clients.
Social Enterprise in Nicaragua, BBA (BUS 334)
This course gives students a chance to study and experience issues related to sustainable economic development in Latin America. It is divided into two components: (1) once-weekly class meetings during the spring semester, and (2) nine days of traveling through several parts of western Nicaragua. The in-class component exposes students to the many development challenges faced in the region and engages in discussions related to how business and markets can be applied to achieve meaningful societal impacts. The travel component allows students to experience first-hand a range of social enterprises, as well as different focus areas of development. We visit urban and rural settings in Nicaragua and encounter different combinations of for-profit and nonprofit orientations.
Nicaragua/Costa Rica Travel Module, MBA
This module exposes students to the many development challenges in the region and engages them in discussions related to how business principles and market-based solutions can be applied to achieve meaningful societal impacts. Students connect with non-profit and for-profit organizations dedicated to addressing social and economic challenges and meet local (social) entrepreneurs who are seizing opportunities to expand their businesses and better care for their families and communities.