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

Field Course: Social Innovation Lab

Course Number 6905

Senior Lecturer Vikram Gandhi
Senior Lecturer John J-H Kim
Professor Kash Rangan
Spring; Q3Q4; 3 credits

See video overview with Senior Lecturer John J-H Kim

This course provides students an opportunity to address a social enterprise topic with the discipline of business tools and techniques to solve a strategic problem for a client organization. There is an emphasis on students working to develop innovative solutions. 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 potential business models to deliver nutritious and affordable groceries in poor neighborhoods.

The course emphasizes learning by doing, supported by intensive faculty coaching and fieldwork. A small number of formal class sessions will provide structure to the course with a focus on collaborative problem solving.

Students will be required to work in teams, typically consisting of three members. The course will help facilitate the formation of teams and identification of projects. Each student team will work primarily with one faculty member.

Some team projects may involve travel and limited travel funding support is available through an application process.

This is a 3.0 credit full course.