New free online course on the commercialization of social enterprises

SOCENT Professor and ICSEM Research Partner in Belgium Marek Hudon will be the lead educator in a new MOOC (Massive Online Open Course), entitled “Commercialization of Social Enterprises: Stemming the Tide of Mission Drift”. The course will start on February 27, 2017; guest contributions will include leading academics such as Jonathan Morduch (NYU), Paul Collier (Oxford University), Johanna Mair (Hernie/ Stanford), Jacques Defourny (ULg), Benjamin Huybrechts (ULg), Marc Labie (UMONS), Marthe Nyssens (UCL), in addition to well-known practitioners, including Craig Churchill (ILO), Kurt Moors (BRS), Kimanthi Mutua (K-REP), Jorge Ramirez (EMN) and Daniel Rozas (e-MFP).

About the course:

Surrounding the social enterprise sector today are questions related to whether these organizations should accept more commercial sources of funding, adopt new revenue strategies or turn to commercial structure to help the organization reach sufficient scale. These are the debates around the commercialization of social enterprise.

Social entrepreneurship is a rapidly developing field of business in which entrepreneurs aim to address a social mission through commercial activities. The use of business methods to solve social and environmental problems previously neglected by the market is increasingly called upon to supplement the traditional approach of donor-driven models by the non-profit sector. However, both academic and practitioners alike increasingly acknowledge that the landscape of social enterprise has been fundamentally changed due to the onset of commercialization or marketization.

Practical information:

The free 5-week course includes a total of 12-15 hours of content from a wide range of leading academic and practitioners in social enterprise and microfinance. The course starts on February 27th, 2017. Register today by clicking here.