Corporate Social Innovation Courses

The Introduction to Corporate Social Innovation courses provide a foundation to begin to prepare the next generation of business leaders to integrate social innovation, sustainability, and shared value creation into the core of the operations, culture, and ventures of their firms. The courses are designed to help students develop a greater awareness and understanding of the global challenges facing society, and how CSI strategies and initiatives can address those challenges while simultaneously being good for the businesses undertaking them. The courses address both the challenges and the opportunities of CSI while focusing on the private sector’s current and future roles in addressing these challenges in innovative ways.

Introduction to Corporate Social Innovation MBA 3-credit Course

Course being offered Fall 2021

Students in this course will be able to:

  • Define what corporate social innovation is, why it is important, and how it relates to sectoral, industry, and organizational challenges and opportunities.
  • Learn different approaches to Corporate Social Innovation such as how to define and distinguish the four pillars (Giving Back to Society, Aligning Profit and Purpose, Engaging in Responsible Business Practices, and Advocating for Social Issues), and Social Entrepreneurship and Intrapreneurship.
  • Learn how to apply Corporate Social Innovation and how to develop a Corporate Social Innovation business case and business plan.
  • Develop an integrated and strategic awareness of the economics, marketing, innovation, finance, leadership, and operational components that contribute to effective corporate social innovation.
  • Discover how corporate social innovation relates to a wide variety of roles, functions, and jobs, and enhances career opportunities.
  • Examine how organizations utilize corporate social innovation strategies, environments, and processes to create shared value across multiple sectors, industries, and functions.

Introduction to Corporate Social Innovation Undergraduate 1-credit Course

Course being offered Fall 2021

Students in this course will be able to:

  • Define what corporate social innovation is and why it is important.
  • Learn how to define and distinguish the four pillars of Corporate Social Innovation: Giving Back to Society, Aligning Profit and Purpose, Engaging in Responsible Business Practices, and Advocating for Social Issues.
  • Learn how companies are putting each of these pillars of Corporate Social Innovation into practice.
  • Learn how to embed the four pillars to develop an integrated corporate social innovation strategy.