Rutgers Stackable Business Innovation Program

The Rutgers Stackable Business Innovation (rSBI) program allows students to design their own cutting-edge curriculum without having to commit to a degree program. The term ‘stackable’ means students can earn course credits at their own discretion and apply them toward a non-degree certificate.

Under the Management and Global Business Certificate, the Corporate Social Innovation concentration prepares the leaders of today and tomorrow to create profitable and sustainable business opportunities, motivating and equipping them to innovate, disrupt, and reinvent their businesses to serve all their stakeholders, and society at large.

The Corporate Social Innovation Concentration offers three courses:

Introduction to Corporate Social Innovation: The course provides an overview of "mission-driven" and responsibility-centered business practices. Using case studies, guest speakers, group projects, and course readings, students will gain a broad understanding of the many ways they can pursue positive, innovative, and sustainable change, while developing the skills, knowledge, and practices for building innovative organizations that contribute to solving complex social, ecological, and economic problems.

Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation: In this course, students will learn about entrepreneurial approaches to addressing society’s grand challenges. These approaches can be used to create new ventures (social entrepreneurship) or within existing organizations (intrapreneurship) to discover opportunities and direct resources to make a positive social impact.  The new social ventures and business initiatives result in harness social innovation for the greater good.  This course uses case studies, guest speakers, and a team project to help the key concepts come to life.

Reporting and Measuring Corporate Social Performance and Innovation: In this course, students will be introduced to the different dimensions of ESG performance, learn to navigate the multiple channels of mandatory and voluntary disclosures available on these topics, evaluate the quality of the disclosures, understand the accounting and reporting standards and frameworks governing the disclosures, and become informed users of third-party ratings of ESG performance. The goal of the course is to make students confident users of ESG information.

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