Field Course: Social Innovation Lab - Harvard Business School MBA Program

Field Course: Social Innovation Lab

Course Number 6905

Associate Professor Alnoor Ebrahim
Senior Lecturer John J-H Kim
Winter; Q4; 1.5 credits
Project

See video overview with Associate Professor Alnoor Ebrahim
See video overview with Senior Lecturer John J-H Kim

Career Focus

This course provides students an opportunity to address a social enterprise topic with the discipline of business tools and techniques. Students will work in teams, choosing among three types of projects: a) developing a business plan for your own social enterprise; b) solving a strategic problem for a client organization; c) analyzing and developing policy or strategy guidelines for an industry or a group of organizations/companies.

The course emphasizes learning by doing, supported by intensive faculty coaching and field work. A small number of formal class sessions will provide structure to the course, but with a focus on collaborative problem solving. Each student team will work primarily with one faculty member.

Examples of past projects include: advising on impact measurement for a global impact investor and a philanthropic foundation, identifying a sustainable revenue strategy for an educational organization, developing a national scaling strategy for an urban youth services organization, and exploring multiple business models for a startup social enterprise in healthcare.

This is a 1.5 credit short course that can be combined with an optional 1.5 credit in "Managing Social Enterprise" or "Entrepreneurship and Technology Innovations in Education" as a full course.