Social Entrepreneurs: The Unsung Heroes of Community Building

Fall 2016 quarter

Taught by

economics, management, community organization
  • UG

Managers of non-profit organizations ( also known as social entrepreneurs)  are the  unsung heroes of the newly developed concept of  “socially responsible capitalism.” They are the champions of social movements geared at helping to right the wrongs of the competitive  free-market  capitalist system. They are the social architects for community building and implementing culture changes throughout the world, and most of all, for correcting the social imbalances caused by the highly competitive global market. This course is for students with strong interests in the field of  business management of non-profit organizations, community building and organizational development. Its focus is to help build the student’s managerial skills needed for operating  successful and effective community-based organizations. Specifically this course will explore the following learning areas:

  1. Analyzing the shortcomings of the free- market capitalist system and the need for the social entrepreneurs as corrective agents.
  2. Developing  business plans and grant proposals for non-profit enterprises
  3. Understanding the basic accounting system for non-profit enterprises and preparing the organization’s financial statements and tax reports.
  4. Marketing the products and/or services of non-profit enterprises
  5. Managing effectively the human resources of non-profit organizations.
  6. Communicating effectively across cultural boundaries
  7. Promoting ethical behavior in the organization.
  8. Assessing the role of International non-governmental Organizations (INGO) in the global economy.

Students will have the opportunity to explore the issues, challenges and opportunities which arise from working with various types of businesses across the boundaries of cultural difference. This course is designed to facilitate learning through active involvement with real-world situations, and as such, students are expected to perform an in-service learning project with a local business or nonprofit organization. At the end of the quarter, students are expected to present their in service learning findings to the class.

Program Details

Fields of Study

business and management communication economics

Preparatory For

Business management, organizational development, community-based entrepreneurship

Quarters

Fall Open

Location and Schedule

Campus Location

Olympia

Time Offered

Evening

Advertised Schedule

Wed 5:30-9:30pm. First meeting Wed, September 28, Seminar 2 A3109.

Online Learning

No Required Online Learning