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.
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.
- 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
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:
- Project ROI report (pdf) by Steve Rochlin, Richard Bliss, Stephen Jordan, Cheryl Yaffe Kiser
- Corporate Social Innovation Whitepaper (pdf) by Philip Mirvis & Bradley Googins with Cheryl Kiser
- How Social Entrepreneurs Can Have the Most Impact by Katie Smith Milway
- Transformative Scale: The Future of Growing What Works by Jeffrey Bradach & Abe Grindle
- From Start-up to Scale by The Bridgespan Group
- by Cheryl Kiser and Deborah Leipziger with J. Janelle Shubert
- Intergalactic Design Guide by Cheryl Heller
- Social Value Investing by Howard W. Buffett and William B. Eimicke
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.