IXP Course: India; Social Entrepreneurship
Course Number 6066
Professor Shawn A. Cole
Professor of Management Practice Arthur I. Segel
On-Campus meetings during the Fall Term: (October 1, December 3, December 10)
January Term travel: January 5 - 16 in country
Program fee & travel costs (see details on financial aid eligibility)
3.0 credits applied toward Winter term requirements
This course will be of particular interest to students interested in social enterprise, finance, technology, and the interplay between the public and private sector. Students planning to lead, advise, or invest in companies with a current or anticipated future presence in India and other emerging markets will also find this course appealing. The course will take a general management perspective, but also allow each student team to deeply engagement a specific topic.
Bringing students to India's two largest cities, Mumbai and Delhi, this course will provide exposure to a tremendously diverse and varied business environment; one dense with barriers to innovation, but full of tremendous promise to scale. This IXP course will strengthen students' understanding of an emergent business context and sharpen their entrepreneurial toolkit.
Through a series of classroom meetings, site visits, and an in-depth team projects for leading organizations in India, the IXP will explore solutions to the most pressing problems facing the tens of millions of Indians seeking a better life in India's largest metros.
By focusing on health care, real estate, infrastructure, mobile telecommunications, and education, the IXP seeks to identify sustainable, scalable solutions that can meaningfully impact the lives of the hundreds of millions living in Indian cities.
Course Content and Organization
Overview and Introduction: The IXP will meet for class sessions in the fall in an effort to (1) provide a broad overview of the institutional context in India and consider the causes and consequences of some of the most pressing urban problems, (2) highlight real world entrepreneurial attempts to provide solutions to these problems via case studies, and (3) allow some time for student teams to work together and prepare for travel.
Projects: Students will assemble into teams of four to work together on projects during the course of the India IXP. The projects, sourced and vetted by both the faculty, will cover a range of topics.
Projects will be drawn from areas including but not limited to health care, real estate, infrastructure, mobile telecommunications, and education, and include both entrepreneurial start-ups as well as the leading industrial houses of India.
Deliverables: Student teams will present their final project recommendations during a capstone event at the end of the India portion of the IXP. Feedback during this capstone will later be incorporated into a final paper (20-25 double-spaced pages) that summarizes the final recommendations and provides the organization guidance towards implementing the proposed solution.
The IXP Model
In contrast to FIELD 2 Global Immersions, IXPs are customized according to individual faculty research and are designed to enable students to take an active role in the construction of their learning. In many instances, IXPs are built with a specific focus in mind and teams of students are called upon to collaborate directly with local company partners to scope projects, collect data and organize work plans before and during the immersion. Alternatively, some IXPs are designed to provide a more macro-level understanding of business practices in a specific country, and require students to prepare for engagement with a number of firms representing multiple industries. Longer in duration than FIELD 2, IXPs also tailor learning via field-based exercises, panel presentations, guest lectures, alumni events and plenary visits to relevant companies and organizations.
Course Credit and Fees
Students who successfully complete this IXP will earn 3.0 course credits, which will be posted in the Winter term.
HBS will provide in-country logistics for IXPs (including accommodations, select meals, and local travel) but students will need to contribute a fee of $1,800 towards defraying a part of these costs. In addition, students are responsible for their international round-trip air travel to India. Students who have an existing financial aid application on file may submit for additional financial support to participate in this IXP. Please see the Financial Aid website (login required) for more information on financial support for IXP courses.