Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Economics/Management/Philanthropic Studies

The world we live in today faces diverse issues ? poverty, unemployment, discrimination, environmental degradation and many more. Individuals, groups, and organizations strive to address these issues using innovative solutions at the local or global level. This cluster will prepare students for careers as innovative, reflective leaders in nonprofits, social enterprises, and businesses. The curriculum covers management, economics, public policy, and philanthropy. Hands-on training and internship opportunities will play important roles in this cluster. The Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship cluster consists of three modules: (1) Economics and Management, (2) Social Business and Entrepreneurship, and (3) Philanthropy and Nonprofit Management.

Economics and Management

Basic knowledge of business and economics principles is essential to work for or start up a nonprofit, social enterprise, and social business. This module provides students with a foundation in economics and management and equips them with the skills required to analyze the economic environment of these organizations.

Sample Course Titles:
  • Macro/Microeconomics
  • Japanese Economy
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Human Resource Management
  • Leadership
  • Marketing
  • Negotiation Theories and Practices
  • Training & Development

Social Business and Entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurship is about starting and managing a new venture. It is a multi-stage process involving risks and extensive management skills. Most often entrepreneurs create a venture to exploit an original idea, which can also involve innovative problem-solving. This module will help students understand the process of entrepreneurship, the role of innovation, the skills employed, and the strategies that innovative businesses take to solve social issues.

Sample Course Titles:
  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • Social Entrepreneurship
  • Development Economics
  • Business Ethics

Philanthropy and Nonprofit Management

This module provides students with opportunities to learn how to create positive and lasting change in the world as leaders of nonprofits. To become visionary leaders, students need to know not only how to manage nonprofits but also what roles nonprofits play in society. Students will first explore the social, political, and economic roles of nonprofits in historical and current settings. Subsequent courses will cover the management skills of effective leadership.

Sample Course Titles:
  • Giving and Volunteering
  • Comparative Global Perspectives on Nonprofits, Volunteering, and Giving
  • Nonprofit Management and Governance
  • Social Finance and Fundraising
  • Managing Staff and Volunteers
  • Nonprofit and Social Marketing
  • Program Evaluation and Impact Measurement
  • Advocacy and Social Change