Social Enterprise for students at Emory University's Goizueta Business School

Social Enterprise For Students

  • Business and Society (Wes Longhofer)

    This course surveys the complex and evolving relationship between corporations and society. As powerful social actors, corporations are increasingly held accountable to not just their shareholders but also a range of internal and external stakeholders. This course adopts a broad theoretical perspective on the challenges and opportunities that corporations confront in their interactions with society, such as struggles to maintain legitimacy, acquire resources, build partnerships, and solve complex global problems. Topics covered in the course include (but are not limited to) the following: The history of the corporation as a social, political, and legal actor; the participation of business in government, including lobbying and PACs; corporations, the environment, and human rights; ethical consumerism and cause-related marketing; fair trade and fair labor; corporations, NGOs, and social movements; and multilateral institutions that impact business, such as UNICEF and the UN Global Compact. A significant portion of the course will address the issue of corporate social responsibility and how companies are strategically addressing these challenges with business acumen.

    Social Enterprise and Impact Investing (Peter Roberts)

    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.

    Catalyzing Social Impacts (Peter Roberts)

    The aim of this course is to build on prior iterations of the popular consulting class and provide a vehicle through which twelve local nonprofit organizations will benefit from the time and energy provided by our BBA students. While taking the course, students will learn about the basics of defining, conducting and presenting the results of consulting projects. At the same time, they will develop a basic understanding of how a business school education can be brought to bear on issues faced in the nonprofit sector.

  • Featured Club: Emory Impact Investing Club

    A passionate band of Emory students is changing Atlanta, one small business loan at a time. Based on a philosophy similar to that of microfinance institutions like Grameen Bank, students founded the Emory Impact Investing Group in 2014 to practice socially responsible investing. EIIG invests both time and money in fledgling entrepreneurs whose business plans would provide services, jobs, and economic vitality to Atlanta-area neighborhoods.

  • Research Spotlight

    A new $2.3 million three-year partnership, called the Global Accelerator Learning Initiative, teams up The Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) and Emory University's Social Enterprise @ Goizueta, which will study such questions as whether accelerators actually accelerate growth of early ventures and what types of programs have the biggest effect on entrepreneurial success.

Business and Society (Wes Longhofer)

This course surveys the complex and evolving relationship between corporations and society. As powerful social actors, corporations are increasingly held accountable to not just their shareholders but also a range of internal and external stakeholders. This course adopts a broad theoretical perspective on the challenges and opportunities that corporations confront in their interactions with society, such as struggles to maintain legitimacy, acquire resources, build partnerships, and solve complex global problems. Topics covered in the course include (but are not limited to) the following: The history of the corporation as a social, political, and legal actor; the participation of business in government, including lobbying and PACs; corporations, the environment, and human rights; ethical consumerism and cause-related marketing; fair trade and fair labor; corporations, NGOs, and social movements; and multilateral institutions that impact business, such as UNICEF and the UN Global Compact. A significant portion of the course will address the issue of corporate social responsibility and how companies are strategically addressing these challenges with business acumen.

Social Enterprise and Impact Investing (Peter Roberts)

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.

Catalyzing Social Impacts (Peter Roberts)

The aim of this course is to build on prior iterations of the popular consulting class and provide a vehicle through which twelve local nonprofit organizations will benefit from the time and energy provided by our BBA students. While taking the course, students will learn about the basics of defining, conducting and presenting the results of consulting projects. At the same time, they will develop a basic understanding of how a business school education can be brought to bear on issues faced in the nonprofit sector.

Featured Club: Emory Impact Investing Club

A passionate band of Emory students is changing Atlanta, one small business loan at a time. Based on a philosophy similar to that of microfinance institutions like Grameen Bank, students founded the Emory Impact Investing Group in 2014 to practice socially responsible investing. EIIG invests both time and money in fledgling entrepreneurs whose business plans would provide services, jobs, and economic vitality to Atlanta-area neighborhoods.

Research Spotlight

A new $2.3 million three-year partnership, called the Global Accelerator Learning Initiative, teams up The Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) and Emory University's Social Enterprise @ Goizueta, which will study such questions as whether accelerators actually accelerate growth of early ventures and what types of programs have the biggest effect on entrepreneurial success.

30%

Of millennials who believe the top priority of business should be improving society (2014 Deloitte Millennial Survey)

$30,000

Amount students & alumni contributed last year toward MOMENTUM campaigns

84

Microbusinesses supported through Start:ME Accelerator

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