Social Entrepreneurship

The School of Extended Education is offering a course on Social Entrepreneurship in partnership with the School of Business and Economics and Hybrid Management.

Practical Entrepreneurs with a Noble Mission
Taught by Professors Robert Girling, PhD and Mary Graves PhD
Thursday's 5-6 PM from October 10, 2013 to April 7, 2014 (2 units)

Social enterprises are driven by a mission to produce goods or services for a social purpose; the profit from the business is used to support social aims. This blending of sometimes opposite missions (making a profit and being socially responsible) is the key to social entrepreneurship.

Hybrid management is the theory and system we will use to cause successful integration of profit and social responsibility. Successful social entrepreneurship is the result. What is the measure of successful? If it is beneficial to all concerned.

This course will analyze the nature of social enterprises and how benefit is defined. We practice specific skills that help the social entrepreneur reach his/her goals for success. We will review the growing literature on this topic, review case studies and spend one week on site with a third world emerging country and practice side by side as both countries learn together.


The course will be "hands-on" and will demonstrate, through specific examples and the experiences of active practitioners in the field, how entrepreneurial solutions can be fashioned and applied to a range of social issues including small business creation, sustainability, poverty alleviation, and health care in a third world country. Specific topics include: social entrepreneurship, entrepreneurial instincts, social responsibility, hybrid management, opportunity assessment, idea and market analysis, and principles of sustainability. The role of business in addressing social problems is an underlying theme.

Access the syllabus for the course (pdf).

The course will culminate with a trip to the Island of Eleuthera over the week of March 16-23, 2013 as part of SSU's Rotaract Club's "4th Annual Alternative Spring Break".

Details about Hybrid Management's job performance review site.

Read about last year's trip to the Island of Eleuthera and how the Rotaract students were successful at implementing international social entrepreneurship.

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