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Hertie School of Governance

Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship

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Nov 25—27, 2019
3 days
Berlin, Germany
EUR 1690 ≈USD 1884
EUR 563 per day


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About the course

The scale of social and environmental problems is driving a sense of urgency and a frustration with old solutions. These challenges have legitimised a collective quest for new answers—innovations! With this focus on innovation has come a tendency to adopt the language of markets and business, such as social ventures, hybrid business models, and impact investing. But innovation is not a holy grail.

This course reviews current debates in the field of social innovation and aims to provide tools and develop an understanding of how and when innovation can be a driver of social change. Delving deep into the realities of organisations operating across issue domains and geographies, participants analyse business models and impact strategies.

Participants will be able to understand the dynamics of different approaches, to develop business models and to assess the relevance of social innovation for their respective organisation.

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Johanna Mair

Johanna Mair is Professor for Organization, Strategy and Leadership at the Hertie School of Governance. Her research focuses on how novel organisational and institutional arrangements generate economic and social development. Mair is also the Distinguished Fellow at the Stanford Center on Philant...


Christian Seelos

Christian Seelos is a Visiting Scholar at the Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society (PACS) at Stanford University and the Leo Tindemans Chair of Business Model Innovation at KU Leuven. Previously, he was an Adjunct Professor for Strategy and Sustainability in the Strategic Management ...


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