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2014/2015  BA-BBLCV1003U  Introduction to Social Entrepreneurship

English Title
Introduction to Social Entrepreneurship

Course information

Language English
Course ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Elective
Level Bachelor
Duration One Semester
Course period Autumn
Timetable Course schedule will be posted at calendar.cbs.dk
Min. participants 35
Max. participants 50
Study board
Study Board for BSc og MSc in Business, Language and Culture, BSc
Course coordinator
  • Gurli Jakobsen - Department of Business and Politics (DBP)
Main academic disciplines
  • Business Ethics, value based management and CSR
  • Globalization, International Business, markets and studies
  • Innovation and entrepreneurship
  • International Political Economy
  • Language and Intercultural Studies
Last updated on 02-07-2014
Learning objectives
At the end of the course students should be able to:
  • Account for and compare relevant theories for social entrepreneurship in its various forms.
  • Analyse concrete cases of social entrepreneurship applying relevant theoretical concepts and theories.
  • Discuss arguments promoting and criticizing the viability of the aforementioned theories and concepts
  • Apply theories to the societal and economic context of projects, as those created in the elective ISE .
Introduction to Social Entrepreneurship:
Exam ECTS 7,5
Examination form Oral exam based on written product

In order to participate in the oral exam, the written product must be handed in before the oral exam; by the set deadline. The grade is based on an overall assessment of the written product and the individual oral performance.
Individual or group exam Individual
Students develop a written synopsis in groups of three to four students, but attend the oral examination individually.
Size of written product Max. 10 pages
Assignment type Report
Written product to be submitted on specified date and time.
20 min. per student, including examiners' discussion of grade, and informing plus explaining the grade
Grading scale 7-step scale
Examiner(s) Internal examiner and second internal examiner
Exam period December/January
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
Description of the exam procedure

A synopsis is to be prepared in groups of four students (max 10 standard pages per submission). The synopsis is the basis of the oral exam and is evaluated as a whole. .

Course content and structure
The elective "Introduction to Social Entrepreneurship"  (ISE) aims at  providing a comprehensive and contemporary introduction to the principles of social entrepreneurship.  After introducing the most common definitions of the concepts, you are encouraged to take on a critical view in assessing its role in economic development, CSR and in affecting social change.
      Subsequently, different types of social business models, start-up strategies and public/private sector support for social entrepreneurship are analyzed. Throughout the course, real case studies from Denmark and other countries will be used to demonstrate the diverse application possibilities of social entrepreneurship. This also allows you to assess its various forms of impact on society, education and economic development.
Teaching methods
Teaching is a combination of lectures and active classroom participation. Students are responsible to present and discuss a text; as well as prepare for oral presentations at the end of the semester.
Further Information
Changes in course schedule may occur.
Tuesday 11.40-14.15, week 36-41,43-44
Friday 11.40-14.15, week 37-40, 43.
Expected literature

Battilana, J., Dorado, S. (2010) "Building sustainable hybrid organizations: the case of commercial microfinance organizations", Academy of Management Journal, Vol.53 pp1419-1440


Benjamin Huybrechts, Alex Nicholls, (2013) "The role of legitimacy in social enterprise-corporate collaboration", Social Enterprise Journal, Vol. 9 Iss: 2, pp.130 – 146


Borzaga, C., 2004. The third sector in Italy. In: A. Evers and J.-L. Laville, eds. The third sector in Europe. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar, 45–62.


Dees, J.G. and Anderson, B.B., 2006. Framing a theory of social entrepreneurship: building on two schools of practice and thought. Research on social entrepreneurship, ARNOVA occasional paper series, 1 (3), 39–66.


Mair, J., Seelos, C., & Mair, J. (2006). Profitable Business Models And Market Creation In The Context Of Deep Poverty : A Strategy View Christian Seelos Profitable Business Models And Market Creation In The Context Of Deep Poverty : A Strategic View, 3(07)


Prahalad, C. K., & Hammond, A. (2002). Serving the world’s poor profitably. Harvard Business Review, 10.

Yunus, M., Moingeon, B., & Lehmann-Ortega, L. (2010). Building Social Business Models: Lessons from the Grameen Experience. Long Range Planning, 43, 308–325.
Last updated on 02-07-2014