MBA Courses

The Institute for Social Innovation has developed two graduate-level courses.

Leading for Social Value

The role of business in society has significantly shifted. Business leaders increasingly have to meet the challenges and competing demands of "doing well" (economic value), while at the same time "doing good" (social value).

This Leading for Social Value course builds on some of the most current thinking around the design, execution and assessment of "triple bottom line" leadership strategies. Students will have to opportunity to engage in focused, in-depth analysis of an array of companies and the multiple ways they are address social creation. They will discover what leaders across these organizations are doing and the impact this is having. They will explore the opportunities available to enhance and expand social value creation in a world where the lines between business and society have significantly shifted.

Taught byCheryl Kiser
Credits: 1.5 intensive elective
Typically offered: spring semester

icon-gray-blogRead more in this blog post about the kickoff class with Entrepreneur in Residence Dave Stangis.

Food Entrepreneurship

The highly experiential intensive Food Entrepreneurship course focuses on the anatomy of the food entrepreneur’s journey from initial idea and course-setting through to meaningful survey of market landscapes into relevant management and supply chain activities. Course materials and assigned readings are drawn from five years of firsthand research in the field. Guest experts and entrepreneurs visiting class will help us to dig deeper into particular questions and dynamics.

Focus will include both internal and external reflection and navigation of challenge and opportunity sets. This course is applicable to students who already have a business idea or venture in development as well as to students who are simply curious about the food industry as a potential career sector.

Credits: 1.5 intensive elective
Typically offered: fall semester

icon-gray-blogRead more in this blog post about this course's launch.