The role of strategic thinking in order to achieve social impact is becoming increasingly critical: how to design effective solutions to the world’s most pressing problems; how to ensure demand-driven sustainability; and how to measure the social return on investment? Entrepreneurs, venture capital funds, NGOs, foundations and corporations are all increasingly turning to business-driven approaches to achieve their social impact objectives. In that context, this course aims to:
- Help students understand the analytical and strategic questions underlying important issues in global health, economic development, education, and post-conflict recovery, and
- Develop and examine effective (and whenever appropriate, market-based) solutions to these issues, with an eye towards replicability, scalability, sustainability, and catalytic effect.
The course will be project-focused, with teams selecting an issue of interest, developing a rigorous business case for their approach, and working with field experts to stress-test their ideas.
Instructor: Shashi Buluswar (Fall)