Hertie School of Governance

Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship

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The scale of social and environmental problems drives a sense of urgency and a frustration with old recipes. These challenges have legitimised a collective quest for new solutions — 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. In this course, we will review current debates and new practices in the field of social innovation to evaluate whether and how innovation can drive progress and development. During the course we adopt the perspective of organisations that pursue social ends by relying on entrepreneurial means. We delve into the realities of organisations operating across issue domains and geographies and carefully examine their approaches to innovation, scaling, and impact. The course will also address social innovation and entrepreneurial activity as a relevant topic for the private, social and public sector.

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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...

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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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