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2018 - 2019 Saint Joseph’s College Online Catalog 
2018 - 2019 Saint Joseph’s College Online Catalog [Archived Catalog]

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MB 525 - Social Ventures

This course focuses on applying the tools of entrepreneurship to endeavors that propel social change and sustainability.  Social entrepreneurs, both nonprofit and for-profit, are focused and committed to mission-driven enterprises that seek to solve social, economic, and/or ecological problems. The course provides students with the opportunity to consider relevant social issues within the context of the processes of effective entrepreneurship. Students are introduced to the history, theory, and practices of social entrepreneurship along with the fundamentals of creating and launching a social venture.  The processes of social entrepreneurship are explored with opportunities to apply concepts to case examples.

Course Learning Objectives
Expected learning Outcomes: 

  1. Explain how social entrepreneurship is different than traditional profit-driven entrepreneurship.
  2. Identify a social need and analyze its potential for new venture opportunity.
  3. Analyze the process of effective new social venture creation and ongoing viability.
  4. Formulate a vision that leads to development of a new business plan, including a business model for a social enterprise.
  5. Synthesize management and leadership imperatives and challenges with concepts of social entrepreneurship (e.g., multi-dimensional effectiveness, systems thinking, etc.).

Credits: 3

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