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About

MBA Experience

MBA Students with backgrounds in all sectors have a range of opportunities for involvement in social enterprise at HBS.

Faculty & Research

Faculty members engage in social enterprise research, teaching, case development, and course design.

For Alumni

Connect through alumni clubs, educational and reunion programs, and career resources.

For Organizations

Interact with our community through Executive Education programs, independent projects, and hiring.

A Catalyst for Creating Social Value

The Social Enterprise Initiative applies innovative business practices and managerial disciplines to drive sustained, high-impact social change. It's grounded in the mission of Harvard Business School and aims to educate, inspire, and support leaders across all sectors to tackle society’s toughest challenges and make a difference in the world.

The Social Enterprise Initiative engages with the nonprofit, for-profit, and public sectors to generate and share resources, tools, and knowledge.

Courses that focus on social enterprise are embedded into the MBA curriculum and Executive Education program offerings. Beyond the classroom, HBS offers career development programs designed to support students and alumni who are engaged professionally in the social sector.

Since 1993, HBS faculty have researched and written over 800 social enterprise books, cases and teaching notes. Today, more than 90 faculty members engage in research projects, course development, and other activities. Research forums and conferences sponsored by the Social Enterprise Initiative have examined a wide range of topics, including Nonprofit Strategy, Business Leadership in the Social Sector, Consumer-Driven Healthcare, Global Poverty, and Public Education.

MBA students with backgrounds in all sectors are encouraged to integrate social enterprise skills into their academic, professional, and personal lives. Opportunities for involvement in social enterprise at HBS include elective courses and field-based learning experiences; internships and career development programs; and student clubs and organizations.

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Faculty engaged in social enterprise teaching & research

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Teams participated in social enterprise track of New Venture Competition since 2001

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Social enterprise cases sold since 2007

Our dedicated team of faculty co-chairs and staff works to deliver engaging course materials, activities, and programs to students, alumni, and business leaders.

Our advisory board is made up of social enterprise leaders who are committed to helping us make a positive difference in the world.

Quinn Fitzgerald and Sara de Zárraga (both MBA 2017) created Flare to prevent future occurrences of violence against women. https://www.alumni.hbs.edu/stories/Pages/story-bulletin.aspx?num=8458

Bringing Light to the Fight - Justine Smyth (PMD 77) has an ambitious goal for the New Zealand breast cancer foundation she leads: Zero deaths. https://www.alumni.hbs.edu/stories/Pages/story-bulletin.aspx?num=8459

Quinn Fitzgerald and Sara de Zárraga (both MBA 2017) created Flare to prevent future occurrences of violence against women. https://www.alumni.hbs.edu/stories/Pages/story-bulletin.aspx?num=8458

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