This course examines the rapid growth of social entrepreneurship throughout the world and its ability to enrich communities by employing traditional business skills on behalf of the social sector. It also examines whether business entrepreneurs and social entrepreneurs use similar skills and tools and how their measured outcomes differ. Specifically, the course looks at how social entrepreneurs address market failure and the absence of viable markets with innovative and unconventional perceptions and solutions. Using the case study approach, students examine the operation of several successful and innovative examples of social entrepreneurship and explore how the knowledge acquired from these successes can be used to solve other important economic and social problems. Key questions that thread the course include: What is opportunity? How do we recognize it? How do we evaluate it? How do we obtain resources to pursue it and, therefore, meet our goals and improve the world?
MGT 555 - Social Entrepreneurship