Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship

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  • Department of Management
  • Application code SS-MG105
  • Starting TBC
  • Short course: Closed
  • Location: Houghton Street, London

Please note: This course has not yet been confirmed for 2021.

Based on recent leading-edge research, this course will give you the concepts, insights, and tools necessary to successfully start up, manage and scale-up innovative, sustainable businesses which are designed for social good.

In October 2015, UN world leaders ratified 17 new Sustainable Development Goals for a socially and environmentally better world by 2030. This has encouraged a new generation of social entrepreneurs who contribute to this vision through innovative initiatives and by setting up new social businesses, NGOs, and social movements.

While the insights from this course on social innovation and entrepreneurship are more fundamental, the focus will be on emerging economies where social and environmental problems are most extreme, including South Asia, Africa and South America. Interactive case studies form an integral part of the course; examining social innovations and their social impact in sectors such as solar energy, microfinance, gender and youth equality, mobile banking, e-education and more.

Session: TBC
Dates: TBC
Lecturers: Professor Harry Barkema and Dr Alpa Shah


Programme details

Key facts

Level: 100 level. Read more information on levels in our FAQs

Fees:  Please see Fees and payments

Lectures: 36 hours 

Classes: 18 hours

Assessment*: One written examination (50%) and one group project (50%)

Typical credit**: 3-4 credits (US) 7.5 ECTS points (EU)

*Assessment is optional

**You will need to check with your home institution

For more information on exams and credit, read Teaching and assessment



Programme structure

  • A theory of social change: Identifying the relevant theory and evidence for analysing a social problem
  • Social innovations and enterprises and their social impact: Key concepts, theories and evidence
  • Impacting social change vs. economic goals: How to design an innovative social enterprise that can achieve both
  • Design and plan a new social enterprise: Train, sharpen, and synthesize your insights in a team-based exercise by designing an actual new, innovative social enterprise with your fellow students

Course outcomes

  • Demonstrate a critical understanding of the social innovation and entrepreneurship sector, in terms of whether, why, and under which conditions social enterprises create positive social impact
  • Analyse local social problems and develop a theory of change
  • Design an innovative and impactful social organisation – social enterprise, other sustainable business with a social purpose, NGO, or a social movement


LSE’s Department of Management is a  world-leading centre for research and education in business and management. Its location within a world-class social science institution at the heart of a leading global city makes it unique among other management and business schools. This position gives the Department the unparalleled capability to deliver research and education which advance the frontiers of understanding in management through an integrated view of the economic, psychological, social, political and technological contexts in which people, teams, organisations and markets operate worldwide.

Proud to be part of LSE, an institution that ranks #2 in the world for social sciences and management (QS World University Rankings 2018) and #1 in the UK for research in business and management studies (REF 2014). LSE Management currently ranks #1 in the world for thought leadership in management (QS Master's in Management Rankings 2018). The Department engages with people and organisations worldwide, across the private, public, and third sectors, who are motivated to improve the world through better understanding and practice of management.

On this three week intensive programme, you will engage with and learn from full-time lecturers from the LSE’s management faculty.

Reading materials

There is no set text for this course. Students will be given electronic access to text/articles.

**Course content, faculty and dates may be subject to change without prior notice

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