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Business Model Innovation at the Base of the Pyramid

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An intensive week long executive course that teaches the skills you need to create positive social impact through social enterprise, whilst still being economically successful.

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Management is traditionally about serving the one billion customers in developed countries, or at best the one billion upper and middle-class consumers in emerging economies. However, increasingly, social enterprises and multinational corporations are beginning to serve the four billion people living in emerging economies on a few dollars per day or less, the so-called base of the economic pyramid (BOP).

This executive course is suitable for:

• Executives and senior managers looking to create positive social impact through innovating the business model of an existing organisation

• Individuals interested in transitioning to social entrepreneurship as a career

• Government officials, charities, and foundations who promote/fund business innovation and social enterprise

• Global NGO’s that support social entrepreneurship and start-up innovators

• Social entrepreneurs seeking to scale their current business

Programme benefits:

• Develop and improve your capabilities to design, implement, and scale your own innovative business model at the BOP

• Practice a step-by-step approach to business model design for your own new or improved social enterprise or company

• Take away a fully developed business plan that will help you implement your dream or make a career change, to set-up your own social enterprise

• Experience, from both sides, how to win over potential investors when presenting your business plan

• Gain the knowledge required to set-up a new business unit at your multinational corporation at the base of the pyramid

"An excellent balance of theory and practical application... I thoroughly enjoyed it."

Martin Tate, Area Vice President, Salesforce.com, UK

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This programme provides new insights, concepts, methodologies and tools on how to design, implement, and scale your own social enterprise or company. These have been developed in our Masters courses at the LSE, from our own extensive research, and also workshops we have led with our ecosystem of 100+ partner social enterprises, multinational corporations, and worldwide NGOs. 

Major topics covered:

• Develop skills in designing an attractive value proposition, revenue model, ecosystem of partners, and processes and structures for your own organisation

• Analyse ‘frugal’ business model innovations and other game-changers to understand how you can deliver more value for your clients at a fraction of the cost

• Acquire knowledge regarding the sort of teams, leaders, and networks you need to be successful, and how this is different at the concept, implementation, and scale-up phase

• Develop the mechanisms needed to realise the economies of scope, scale, and learning that are crucial to maximising social impact

• Understand why your frontline workers are key, and how can you retain and empower them better for implementation of social impact and innovation

• Better understand your clients’ needs, plus their social and economic constraints, to help create and measure social outcomes for impact, innovation and learning

• Learn how to develop and scale localised ecosystems that deliver real, integrated, and sustainable social impact in local communities

• Think beyond the current economic crisis, and envision how to design organisations for the 21st century to achieve social value creation and economic success (“reverse innovation”)

Our approach is interactive and personal

We use a hands-on approach, with interactive lectures and design sessions. You will learn by doing, which includes practicing as a group, a step-by-step approach to innovative business model design for your own new or improved social enterprise or company.

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"The approach will fast track the design and planning of a Social Enterprise and deliver a tangible product in the form of an optimised business model.  The lectures, workshops and interactive format worked well, stimulating  plenty of discussion and innovation.”

Martin Tate, Area Vice President, Salesforce.com, UK

"The diversity of candidates and relevance of course material made the  entire week an enriching experience. Not only did I come away with a  vast network of international contacts but the course provided me with  a step-by-step process to setting up a social enterprise, thus adding  value to my company, community and country.”

Victoria Laburn, Consultant, Juan Swartz-Capability Global, South Africa

Previous participants have worked for

  • Air Liquide i-Lab
  • Aircraft Service International Group
  • Ayrton Senna Institute
  • Belcorp
  • Boston Consulting Group
  • Embassy of Sweden in Kampala
  • European Commission
  • Geneva Management Association
  • Juan Swartz - Capability Global
  • King Abdullah University of Science & Technology
  • Kurt Salmon
  • Lord Corporation
  • Mobitelc
  • Nigerian Delta State Government
  • Ooredoo Qatar
  • SalesForce.com
  • Tiger Brands
  • United Nations Development Programme

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Course details:

Dates: Session allocation TBC

Session one: 22 June - 26 June 2015
Session two: 29 June - 3 July 2015

Format: Five day intensive executive programme

Location: LSE's Central London Campus, New Academic Building, WC2A 2AE

Teaching faculty:

Professor Harry Barkema|

Tuition fee:  £3,495 (includes all course materials)

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