More schools are developing MBA programs for socially-minded students.
Tuesday, January 31, 2006
The teaching of social enterprise or entrepreneurship as an option in MBA programmes is putting down new roots in Europe and broadening its focus in its original home, the US.
Old assumptions – in particular, that the only way for people to be “do-gooders” was through a career at a non-profit organisation – are being challenged by 21st century realities.
Thus the narrow definition of social enterprise within MBA programmes – preparing students who may always have had an interest in the non-profit sector to join or return to it with their management antennae switched on – is being subsumed into something much bigger: recognition that the chance to make the world a better place can come from many vantage points and at any time in a student’s career.
In this new world, people and organisations can make a positive social impact via all sorts of organisations in the non-profit, private and public sectors, and social responsibility has become a byword in many organisations.