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First-Year Required Curriculum (RC)

During the first year at Harvard Business School, all students pursue the same course of study: the Required Curriculum. By studying under a common curriculum, students build a solid, broad foundation of general management concepts and skills across key disciplines. The Required Curriculum incorporates social enterprise cases and topics in several courses ranging from finance to entrepreneurship. As a result, all students learn about social enterprise related topics and considerations from various functional perspectives.

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Leadership & Corporate Accountability

In this required course, students learn about the complex responsibilities facing business leaders today. It examines the legal, ethical, and economic responsibilities of corporate leaders. It also teaches students about management and governance systems leaders can use to promote responsible conduct by companies and their employees, and shows how personal values can play a critical role in effective leadership.

Second-Year Elective Curriculum (EC)

In their second (EC) year, students choose from a range of Social Enterprise elective courses, enabling the integration of the frameworks and functional skills learned in the first year into an understanding of the organization as a total enterprise. In order to design a tailored curriculum to meet their academic goals students may take any combination of courses; pursue field-based independent projects; integrate social enterprise topics through required papers or projects in other courses; and cross-register for courses in other select graduate programs.

Central Focus on Social Enterprise, 2023-24

Business at the Base of the Pyramid

(Spring Term) Senior Lecturer Michael Chu

Data for Impact

(Spring Term) Assistant Professor Benjamin N. Roth; Assistant Professor Natalia Rigol

Field Course: Investing for Impact

(Fall Term) Senior Lecturer Archie L. Jones; Senior Lecturer Emily R. McComb; Senior Lecturer Brian Trelstad

Power and Influence for Positive Impact

(Fall Term) Professor Julie Battilana

Public Entrepreneurship

(Fall Term) Professor Mitchell Weiss

Social Entrepreneurship and Systems Change

(Fall Term) Senior Lecturer Brian Trelstad

Solving Society’s Complex Challenges Using a Systems Approach

(Spring Term) Executive Fellow Gerald Chertavian; Professor Kash Rangan

Sustainable Investing

(Spring Term) Professor Shawn A. Cole; Senior Lecturer Vikram S. Gandhi

Transforming Education through Social Entrepreneurship

(Fall Term) Senior Lecturer John J-H Kim

Related Courses, 2023-24

Cities, Structures, and Climate

Senior Lecturer John Macomber

Field Course: Business of the Arts

Professor Rohit Deshpande; Senior Lecturer Henry W. McGee

Field Course: Scaling Minority Businesses

Senior Lecturer Archie Jones; Senior Lecturer Jeffrey Bussgang; Senior Lecturer Henry McGee

Global Climate Change

Professor Gunnar Trumbull

Managing the Future of Work

Associate Professor Christopher Stanton

Reimagining Capitalism: Business and Big Problems

Assistant Professor Ethan Rouen

The Role of Government in Market Economies

Professor Matthew Weinzierl


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