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Social Innovation in the Classroom

Babson’s mission is to educate entrepreneurial leaders who create great economic and social value—everywhere. This section includes courses that focus on social value creation and social entrepreneurship.

Affordable Design and Entrepreneurship

The Babson Social Innovation Lab supports this joint course between Babson and the F.W. Olin College of Engineering. The goal is to incorporate the principles of lean thinking as an integral part of the design process. Students travel nationally and internationally to work with community partners in developing and deploying innovations that generate income and meet daily human needs. Learn more of the students’ personal stories and reflections on the ADE Travel Blog:

I Ugrad Classes (pdf)

Social Value Creation Matters, Fall Semester 2012

MBA Course, 1.5 Credits, Professors Cheryl Kiser and Jan Shubert

.This class focuses on how to create social value by examining a variety of organizations, from social enterprises to large multinationals. Students study the ways in which modern companies create both social and economic value, assess the leadership qualities needed to drive social change, and author a portfolio of perspectives and resources that act as a guide for those interested in value creation.

2012 Social Value Matters Syllabus (pdf)

Babson Idea Generation Experience, Summer 2012

High School Course, Professors Dennis Hanno, Elizabeth Goldberg, Sinan Erzurumlu, Cheryl Kiser, Emily Weiner

This class introduces high school students to the global problems we face through the lens of Entrepreneurial Thought and Action® and the United Nations Millennium Development Goals. In addition to studying current human rights and environmental challenges, participants work directly with corporate professionals and social entrepreneurs who currently are tackling some of society’s biggest problems.

2012 BIG Overall Syllabus (pdf)​

Extended Enterprise Management

MBA Course, 3 Credits, Professor Marty Anderson

This class examines the design and management of complex supply chains and market demand systems in a global, rapid-response business environment. The major focus is understanding industries as large systems of many organizations that now depend on complex networked alliances. Will focus on how traditional strategies and operations are changing rapidly. Subjects include market drivers of the supply chain, role of logistics and distribution in the networked economy, and information technologies that link markets to supply and demand chains. Students will analyze a wide variety of industries. A major objective of the course is to understand how to manage the shift from PUSH strategies to PULL strategies across the entire supply chain. This class is targeted at general managers, and also is core to consulting and other career paths, and is a strategic companion to OPS7572. Prerequisite: NONE​​