Enriching the B-School Classroom by Partnering with Socially Innovative Enterprises

October 13, 2021 | Online

Enriching the B-School Classroom by Partnering with Socially Innovative Enterprises

October 13, 2021, 12:00–1:00 p.m. EDT | 6:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m. CEST

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This session will focus on the growing importance of social enterprises of all sizes—from certified B Corps to LC3s to social startups to socially responsible investing and more—and how educators can build connections with these companies to enrich the business curriculum for their students. Because these enterprises are focused on the double bottom line, and not solely on financial profit or loss, they are often very open to sharing their value systems and collaborating with educators to help encourage and inspire the next generation of socially focused business leaders. By providing on-the-ground examples of social innovation and how corporate social responsibility is enacted in the real world, these companies provide an enriching experience for students interested in building social enterprises or infusing the principles of corporate social responsibility into traditional businesses. Direct interaction with real-world businesses enables students to see firsthand how companies operate and strategize ways they can take that knowledge into their own next steps.

In this session, a panel of academics and editors from SAGE will discuss approaches to both building bridges from the classroom to the enterprises as how to leverage these relationships to help create impactful curriculum, such as case studies, from these relationships. We’ll discuss:

  • How creating strong connections with industry can directly provide students with experiential learning opportunities that reach beyond the traditional classroom and curriculum.
  • In-depth examples of faculty and students building relationships with businesses—local and beyond.
  • How developing case studies and other curricular materials can help clarify lessons learned from these partnerships and help inspire other students who do not have direct access to these learning opportunities.

Who Should Attend:

Undergraduate and graduate management school leaders, staff, and faculty; university-level senior leadership.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Learn how academics have successfully partnered with socially minded businesses to enhance student learning and deepen knowledge of the principles of social innovation, entrepreneurship, strategy, and more.
  2. Discover how academic programs can learn directly from social enterprises and how these companies can, in turn, also benefit from a partnership with innovative groups of faculty and students.
  3. Learn how to develop your own approach to codifying these partnerships by creating case studies and other curricular tools.

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