Effective Leadership of Social Enterprise

15 Pages Posted: 25 Mar 2007

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Michael Chu

Harvard University - Business School (HBS)

Allen Grossman

Harvard University - Business School (HBS)

Chuck Berry

Harvard University - Business School (HBS)

Abstract

Educational Objectives

The goal of this course is to engage students in exploring the key determinants of superior performance in established nonprofit social enterprises through the prism of the top management and/or the leadership of the governing boards of these institutions. Students will examine the experiences of established nonprofits to determine common themes and approaches. The objective is to acquire the skills and knowledge necessary to build and lead high performing enterprises, which are dealing with some of the most challenging problems facing societies around the globe.

As with studying the management of complex for-profit businesses, students will have the opportunity to apply their knowledge acquired in other MBA courses in an interdisciplinary fashion. However, because the nonprofit operating environment is so different, and most would agree more complex than the business environment, students will have the opportunity to apply their knowledge in a creative and unfamiliar way. Students will be encouraged to think outside of their traditional comfort zone. Previous ELSE enrollees have observed that applying their knowledge to the nonprofit sector has actually sharpened their for-profit management skills.

Keywords: social enterprise, social enterprises, high performing enterprises, nonprofit sector

Suggested Citation

Chu, Michael and Grossman, Allen and Berry, Chuck, Effective Leadership of Social Enterprise. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=975097 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.975097

Michael Chu (Contact Author)

Harvard University - Business School (HBS) ( email )

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Allen Grossman

Harvard University - Business School (HBS) ( email )

Soldiers Field Road
Morgan 270C
Boston, MA 02163
United States

Chuck Berry

Harvard University - Business School (HBS) ( email )

Soldiers Field Road
Morgan 270C
Boston, MA 02163
United States

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