The Global Social Entrepreneurship course is designed to introduce students to practical issues faced by mission-driven social entrepreneurs, linking teams of Yale students with social enterprises (SEs) based in India. Student/SE teams work together to address specific management challenges faced by the SEs, culminating with the development of a set of recommendations (operational, financial or otherwise) to meet the identified challenges. The curriculum weaves together two main strands: one related to the practical, hands-on nature of the course (e.g., consulting, business planning, financial projections, making presentations) and the other related to the academic and thematic content (e.g., understanding social enterprise, the role of civil society in India, how the core disciplines of finance, data analysis, etc., relate to social enterprises). All students travel to India for their project. Some students travel in August to meet the SEs and scope the project; others travel in January to present findings and recommendations. The social enterprises each send two representatives to Yale in September/October for an intensive one-week program focused on both working with the student teams and on exploring conceptual frameworks and tools relevant to addressing their management challenges. During the semester, each student teams conduct research and interact regularly with their SE colleagues through email and conference calls, culminating in development of a plan and presentation addressing the management challenges they are jointly exploring.
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