France, Paris

Inclusive and Social Business

when 26 June 2017 - 7 July 2017
language English
duration 2 weeks
credits 7 ECTS
fee EUR 2520

Poverty remains a strong reality in the developing world, even in countries which experience high growth rates. It is also on the rise in many – if not all – developed countries. To fight poverty, philanthropic action, public authorities and international institutions have shown their limits. In this intensive 2-week summer program, students discover how forward-looking firms develop creative market-based solutions to alleviate poverty, at times in partnership with civil society and public authorities. Students are exposed to social enterprises with innovative business models, as well as established firms who have realized it is in their interest to develop inclusive business models. Students will work in teams in coordination with executives in the formulation of an inclusive business model to be presented to a Final Jury at the session close.

The Inclusive and Social Business Summer School Program is launched by The Social Business / Enterprise and Poverty Chair, co-presided by Professor Muhammad Yunus (Founder of the Grameen Bank and Nobel Prize Recipient 2006) and Martin Hirsch (former French High Commissioner on Active Solidarity against Poverty). The Social Business / Enterprise and Poverty Chair is sponsored by Danone , Schneider Electric and Renault.

Course leader

Frédéric DALSACE - Associate Professor, HEC Paris
Bénédicte FAIVRE-TAVIGNOT - Affiliate Professor, HEC Paris
Academic Directors

Target group

University level students and recent graduates

Course aim

Upon successful completion of the summer program, participants will be able to:

Understand the set of reasons that prompt firms to contribute to poverty alleviation;
Describe and analyze the characteristics of inclusive and social business models which firms adopt when fighting poverty;
Propose how firms can transform themselves when seeking to become more inclusive & sustainable;
Understand innovative ways to finance these initiatives and to market them;
Understand the pivotal role of social entrepreneurs and “intrapreneurs” inside large multinationals, both in emerging and developed countries;
Develop and formulate an inclusive business model based on consideration of firm resources and societal need;
Draw on insights from cutting-edge research on Social and Inclusive Business.

Credits info

7 ECTS
Students who successfully complete the 2017 HEC Paris Summer School Program will obtain a course transcript for the equivalent of 7 ECTS. For credit transfer, students should verify with home institutions that credit earned will be applicable

Fee info

EUR 2520: Program fees include:

full tuition
on-campus accommodation
student card
weekend bus transportation during the program from campus to downtown Paris
EUR 4680: For two intakes, or €6960 for three intakes

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