Identifying Social Entrepreneurship Opportunities

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About this course: This Course will clarify the definition and meaning of Social Entrepreneurship and will focus on the need to learn about the source and root of a social problem. You will be introduced to different perspectives about Social Entrepreneurship and you will learn about complementary and opportunistic assets which will help you to detect an opportunity and develop an idea of how to create a business for social change. From a practical perspective you will be asked to initiate a team formation process and start to think about a problem topic that you want to address with your social venture in the future. You will work in a team to research this topic and will gradually sta…

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About this course: This Course will clarify the definition and meaning of Social Entrepreneurship and will focus on the need to learn about the source and root of a social problem. You will be introduced to different perspectives about Social Entrepreneurship and you will learn about complementary and opportunistic assets which will help you to detect an opportunity and develop an idea of how to create a business for social change. From a practical perspective you will be asked to initiate a team formation process and start to think about a problem topic that you want to address with your social venture in the future. You will work in a team to research this topic and will gradually start to think about a particular opportunity and identify a purpose for your social venture project.

Created by:  Copenhagen Business School
  • Taught by:  Kai Hockerts

    Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility
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WEEK 1


Introduction to the Course



Welcome to the first Module of Course 1! In this first Module you will receive an administrative introduction to the general structure of the Specialization and learn how you can manage the courses successfully. Content-wise we will, first, address the definition and meaning of Social Entrepreneurship. Second we will focus on the need to learn about the source and root of a social problem and highlight the importance to deal with this prior to thinking about solutions.


6 videos, 2 readings expand


  1. Video: Introduction to Course I
  2. Discussion Prompt: Start Group Formation
  3. Video: An Idea about Social Innovation | Johanna Mair
  4. Video: Introduction to Course Structure
  5. Video: Understand a Social Problem | Ester Barinaga
  6. Video: Required Peer Review Assignment & Optional Case Assignment
  7. Video: Instructions for Peer Review Assignment
  8. Reading: From Third Sector to Social Enterprise: A European Research Trajectory | Defourny 2014
  9. Reading: Building social capital for societal entrepreneurship. | Westlund & Gawell 2010

Graded: Definition of Social Entrepreneurship

WEEK 2


Definition of Social Entrepreneurship



Welcome to Week 2. The second Module will introduce you to different perspectives about Social Entrepreneurship. You will be asked to initiate your team formation process and select a problem topic that you want to address with your social venture in the future.


10 videos, 3 readings expand


  1. Video: Definition of Social Entrepreneurship
  2. Video: Social Entrepreneurship from a UK Perspective | Alan Barrell
  3. Video: The EMES Network Approach | Roger Spear
  4. Video: The New Jersey Social Innovation Institute | Jeffrey Robinson
  5. Video: The 7-Day-Challenge
  6. Reading: Instructions for the 7-Day-Challenge
  7. Video: Optional Case Assignment: Ashoka & UnLtd
  8. Video: Interview with Ashoka Scandinavia
  9. Video: Interview with CEO of UnLtd | Cliff Prior
  10. Video: Ashoka Information Video
  11. Video: UnLtd Information Video
  12. Discussion Prompt: Compare Ashoka and UnLtd (Optional Case Assignment)
  13. Reading: Social entrepreneurship: The case for definition | Martin & Osberg 2007 | Stanford social innovation review
  14. Reading: Social entrepreneurship: A critical review of the concept. | Peredo & McLean 2006

Graded: Document your 7-Day-Challenge

WEEK 3


Who is a Social Entrepreneur



With Module 3 you have reached halftime of Course 1. Congratulations! This Module will answer the question what it takes people to become Entrepreneurs. In addition you will be introduced to the concept of a Community Enterprise. Your personal challenge will be to define your future role within your project team and to think about how to find opportunities to address social problems.


7 videos, 6 readings expand


  1. Video: Who is a Social Entrepreneur?
  2. Discussion Prompt: Upload 7-Day Challenge Campaign Link
  3. Reading: Social entrepreneurship: How intentions to create a social venture are formed. | Mair & Noboa 2003
  4. Reading: The process of social entrepreneurship: creating opportunities worthy of serious pursuit. | Guclu, Dees & Anderson 2002
  5. Video: Who is a Social Entrepreneur? | Sudhanshu Rai
  6. Video: What is a Community Enterprise | Helen Haugh
  7. Video: Start to discuss Solutions to your identified Problem
  8. Video: Begin Rating & Selecting Ideas
  9. Video: Peer-evaluation Assignment & Optional Case Assignment
  10. Reading: Specialists in a World of Generalists | Robert Austin
  11. Video: Case | The Story of Specialisterne
  12. Discussion Prompt: Transfer Specialisterne Case to one of 4 Beneficiary Groups
  13. Reading: "Who Is An Entrepreneur" is the Wrong Question | Gartner 1988
  14. Reading: The multiple faces of social entrepreneurship: A review of definitional issues based on geographical and thematic criteria | Bacq & Janssen 2011
  15. Reading: The duality of social enterprise: A framework for social action | Massetti 2012

Graded: Reflect on Yourself...

WEEK 4


How to Identify an Opportunity



In Module 4 you will be introduced to opportunity identification. You will learn how to recognize complementary and antagonistic assets and turn them into opportunities. You will also be confronted with failures that other ventures experienced in order to prepare yourself for potential challenges for your own establishing your own social venture. By the end of the Module you will be encouraged to start thinking about possible income models.


6 videos, 6 readings expand


  1. Video: How to Identify an Opportunity
  2. Reading: How Social Enterprises Deal with Antagonistic Assets | Hockerts 2014
  3. Reading: Social Entrepreneurship in Rural India: A Small Step Towards Institutional Change | Ganly & Mair 2009
  4. Video: Opportunity Identification at the Example of Gram Vikas | Johanna Mair
  5. Video: The Example of Grameen Veolia | Anirudh Agrawal
  6. Video: Instructions for Your Peer-Review Assignment and Optional Case Assignment
  7. Reading: 3 Types of Income Models for Social Entrepreneurship
  8. Video: Interview with the founder of MyC4 (Autumn 2014)
  9. Video: Interview with the founder of MyC4 (Spring 2015)
  10. Discussion Prompt: Your Advice for the CEO of MyC4
  11. Reading: How opportunities develop in social entrepreneurship. Entrepreneurship theory and practice | Corner & Ho 2010
  12. Reading: Building Social Business Models: Lessons from the Grameen Experience | Yunus, Moingeon & Lehmann-Ortega 2010
  13. Reading: Business Models as Models | Baden-Fuller & Morgan 2010

Graded: Identify an Opportunity for Your Social Venture.

WEEK 5


Earned Income Creation



Welcome to the last Module of this course! We hope you have enjoyed the course so far and made a progress in becoming a Social Entrepreneur. In this 5th Module we will delve deeper into different financial sturctures for social ventures. Furthermore you will discuss what it means to transfer a concept to a different context by reference to Microfinance. Finally you will be able to design a revenue strategy for your social venture.


3 videos, 2 readings expand


  1. Video: Creating a Business Model
  2. Video: Replicating Microfinance in a Developed Country | Ester Barinaga
  3. Video: Instructions for Your Peer-Review Assignment
  4. Reading: In microfinance, clients must come first. | Datar, Epstein & Yuthas 2008
  5. Reading: The economics of microfinance. | Armendáriz & Morduch 2010

Graded: Map the Expected Earned Income Streams for your Venture
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