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2011/2012  KAN-CBL_3SAG  Strategic Approaches to Global Social Impact

English Title
Strategic Approaches to Global Social Impact

Course Information

Language English
Point 7,5 ECTS (225 SAT)
Type Elective
Level Full Degree Master
Duration One Semester
Course Period Spring
Changes in course schedule may occur Wednesday 08.00-09.40, week 6-20
Time Table Please see course schedule at e-Campus
Max. participants 60
Study Board
Study Board for BSc og MSc in Business, Language and Culture
Course Coordinator
  • Michael Wendelboe Hansen - Department of Intercultural Communication and Management
Secretary Birgitte Hertz - bhe.stu@cbs.dk
Main Category of the Course
  • Management
Last updated on 29 maj 2012
Learning Objectives
The course’s development of personal competences:
1. To arm students with a set of practical skills and tools, which they can use to strategically manage, analyze, and help solve critical problems in the global social sector; 2. To help students understand career options in the global social sector, by introducing them to some of the most interesting organizations in the field, how they work, and how they approach their most important strategic challenges.

The main objective of the course is to help students become effective practitioners in global development, by arming them with a good understanding of the global development challenges as well as practical skills to help solve these issues.
Bachelor degree in business administration While there are no formal prerequisites for this course, the material will be very challenging, and will require a solid understanding of macro- and micro-economics; in addition, students will be expected to have a general aptitude for rigorous quantitative analyses, organizational management, as well as social sector issues such as health, agriculture and information/communication technology.
Strategic Approaches to Global Social Impact :
Assessment Home Assignment
Marking Scale 7-step scale
Censorship Internal examiners
Exam Period May/June
Aids Open Book, Written and Electronic Aid is permitted
Duration Please, see the detailed regulations below
Individual assignment (10 pages), graded by the teacher and an internal examiner (censor) according to the 7-point scale
Course Content

Hundreds of billions of dollars have been spent over the past 50 years, with too little to show: poverty, conflict and devastating diseases continue to ravage large parts of the world, even as generations of hard-working, well-meaning individuals dedicate their careers to stopping them.

It would be an understatement to say that the underlying problems are extremely difficult to solve. Still, the social sector’s work on these issues has been suffering a lack of strategic allocation of resources. This lack of results has forced a rapid evolution of the sector over the past decade. There is, now, an unprecedented emphasis on strategy, demonstration of impact and use of innovative business models.

With the above context in mind, this course aims to:

  • Analyze the historical, sociological and statistical underpinnings of the major issues in global development: conflict, food security, human rights, poverty, health and education.
  • Understand how various organizations can contribute to each issue: government agencies, multilateral institutions (e.g., the UN), private foundations, NGOs, large private sector companies, small/mid-sized businesses, and startup social entrepreneurs.
  • Design and analyze approaches to addressing these issues: effective programs using a limited amount of funding over a 4-5 year period, optimizing for [some combination of] scalability, sustainability, replicability, and catalytic effect, while understanding and minimizing unintended consequences.
  • Assessing the [projected or actual] impact of these programs.

The external teachers will bring to bear their experience as management consultants at Dalberg Global Development Advisors and before that McKinsey & Company. The case examples discussed in the course will be drawn from their direct professional experience at Dalberg. Furthermore the course will feature external speakers who are practitioners from foundations, NGOs, innovative companies, and other institutions working in the field

Teaching Methods
The course will be taught with a practical approach asking the students to actively participate in the problem solving of a number of live cases and including multiple interactions with practitioners

To be announced, but most likely:
Main text:

  • Strategic approaches to global development,by S. Buluswar,

Other texts include

  • The end of poverty, by Jeffrey Sachs
  • The White Man’s Burden: Why the West’s efforts to aid the rest have done so much ill and so little good, by William Easterly
  • The History of Development: from Western Origins to Global Faith, by Gilbert Rist
  • Dead Aid: Aid is Not Working and How There is a Better Way for Africa, by Dambisa Moyo
  • What Works in Development? Thinking Big and Thinking Small, by Jessica Cohen & William Easterly (ed.)

Supplemental readings will be from books & journals from the social sector.