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Business & Social Innovation Intensity Track

The role of business in society has significantly shifted, and business leaders are increasingly challenged with the complexities of "doing well" (economic value), while at the same time "doing good" (social value).

In 2017, the Graduate School launched the Business and Social Innovation Intensity Track for MBAs focused on developing the mindset, skills, and competencies needed to create economic and social value simultaneously. This Intensity Track begins to connect students to expanded resources and networks that are valuable in leading social value creation whether inside business or in any other domain.

“The Business and Social Innovation Intensity Track is a combination of coursework and innovative experiential learning around content that is of increasing value to business and society,” says Graduate School Dean Keith Rollag. “This track provides new relevancy for our students in a world that increasingly asks us to lead for both social and economic value creation.”

Students who have successfully completed the Track requirements can use the "Business and Social Innovation Intensity Track" qualification on their resumes, LinkedIn profiles, and other personal and professional documents, and can work with Grad CCD and The Lewis Institute to communicate this intentional focus more broadly. In addition, any MBAs eligible for this Track will receive a special designation at Commencement.

The Business and Social Innovation Intensity Track requires a rich combination of course work and entrepreneurial experiences to practice the concepts of social innovation, as well as a Grad Impact Hour on the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Track Requirements:

  • Approved application and confirmation from The Lewis Institute
  • Complete a Social Innovation Experience as described below
  • A total of 6 course credits completed, between the academic approved course list and the Social Innovation Experience (3 credits)
  • Attend a Grad Impact Hour focused on the UN Sustainable Development Goals
  • Required readings in addition to the course

Social Innovation Experience:

Approved Academic Courses List

  • ACC 7200 or 7800: Financial Reporting (1.5 or 2 credits)
  • ACC 7502: Financial Statement and Sustainability Analysis for Entrepreneurial Leaders (1.5 credits)
  • ACC 7503: Designing a Business for Profitability (3 credits)
  • EPS 7538: Japan: Institutions and Entrepreneurship (3 credits)
  • EPS 7539: Future Trends in EPS Ventures (3 credits)
  • EPS 7543: Technology, Entrepreneurship, and Design in Sweden (3 credits)
  • EPS 9507: Food Entrepreneurship (1.5 credits)
  • EPS 9555: Public Policy Entrepreneurship (1.5 credits)
  • FIN 7517: Financing and Valuing Sustainability (3 credits)
  • FIN 7531: Impact Investing and Social Finance (1.5 credits)
  • LAW 7515: Your Entrepreneurial Success Legal Essentials (1.5 credits)
  • MBA 7502: FutureLab: Mobility Opportunities (3 credits)
  • MBA7503: FutureLab: Mobility Innovation (3 credits)
  • MBA 7541: Building and Leading Conscious Business (3 credits)
  • MFE 7500: Lewis Institute MCFE (1.5 or 3 credits)
  • MOB 7518: Solving Big Problems (3 credits)
  • MOB 7522: Leading and Managing Sustainability (3 credits)
  • MIS 7525: Agile Experimentation (1.5 credits)
  • MOB 7526: Doing Business in Brazil (3 credits)
  • MOB 7529: Leading Sustainable Innovation (1.5 credits)
  • MOB 7548: Leading for Social Value (1.5 credits)
  • MSM 6110: Global Entrepreneurship Experience (3 credits) 
Please note: Approved courses are continually being added to this track. If you have taken a course and/or credit-bearing experience that you believe will fit with this designation, please include the course/experience and description on your application.


Required Readings:

Students must read at least two selections from the following list, and write a short reflection piece that will be posted on The Lewis Institute blog:

Those interested in applying for this designation should submit an application here. All applications will be reviewed on a weekly basis and students may be contacted for follow up information. If you have questions about the status of your application or need more information, please contact Jennifer MacDonald.