Introduction to Social Entrepreneurship
(Revised Course Outline)

6 Pages Posted: 27 May 2008  

Madhukar Shukla

XLRI - Xavier School of Management, Jamshedpur (India)

Date Written: May 24, 2008


Social Entrepreneurship is an emerging field that offers opportunity to young professionals to create societal/economic value on a sustainable basis. According to some reports, globally this is the fastest growing sector and perhaps the only sector that is creating gainful employment worldwide.

Unfortunately, most management students/professionals view social entrepreneurship as a "by charity/ for charity" venture, and not as a self-sustainable & viable entrepreneurial activity. The purpose of the course is to expose the students to viable "business models" through case-studies, which are simultaneously sustainable and/or profitable (though, not necessarily with "profit-making" as the sole aim) and enthuse them to actively think about this as a realistic vocational choice.

In a country like India, where barely 6-7% of the economically active work-force is in the "organized sector", there is a dire need to divert the managerial talent to develop ventures which can add/create value to the rest of the "informal sector" (that accounts for 60% of India's GDP, 68% of income, 30% of agricultural exports, and 40% of manufacturing exports).

Correspondingly, this course aims to help the participants

1. To understand and appreciate the role of (and need for) social entrepreneurship in building a sustainable society.

2. To acquire the knowledge, skills, tools and techniques needed to become an entrepreneur in the social sector.

3. To help them develop sustainable "business" model for building a social enterprise that can make a difference

Keywords: Social Entrepreneurship, Course Outline, XLRI Jamshedpur

JEL Classification: M13

Suggested Citation

Shukla, Madhukar, Introduction to Social Entrepreneurship (Revised Course Outline) (May 24, 2008). Available at SSRN: or

Madhukar Shukla (Contact Author)

XLRI - Xavier School of Management, Jamshedpur (India) ( email )

CH Area (East)
Jamshedpur, 831035


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