2010 Usasbe An Emergent Model For University Social Entrepreneurship


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2010 Usasbe An Emergent Model For University Social Entrepreneurship

  1. 1. An Emergent Model For University Social Entrepreneurship/Social Innovation Centers January 16, 2010, Nashville, TN Mark Pomerantz Seattle University, College of Education Robert S. D’Intino Rowan University, Rohrer College of Business Tina Lee Odinsky-Zec Zagreb School of Economics and Management, Croatia Debbi D. Brock Anderson University, Falls School of Business Elizabeth J. Gatewood Wake Forest University, W. Calloway School of Business and Accountancy Jeffrey A. Robinson Rutgers University, Rutgers Business School
  2. 2. Abstract <ul><li>This workshop will discuss the need, demand, and format for social entrepreneurship curriculum and centers, and a center model(s) for colleges and universities designed to specifically train students to be entrepreneurial social change agents, aka as social entrepreneurs, social change innovators, or entrepreneurial leaders. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Introduction <ul><li>There is a convergence of interdisciplinary programs focused on educating entrepreneurial and transformational leaders who will be “equipped with a tool bag” of technical and financial skills and intercultural understanding. Many of these programs are systems and collaboration focused. We ask how will they develop, come to be accepted, and be influential in academia? </li></ul>
  4. 4. Questions for Discussion <ul><li>Five questions will be discussed by a panel of academicians who are involved with research and teaching in the social entrepreneurship area. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Questions for Discussion <ul><li>What are basic building blocks (modules) of a social entrepreneurship/social innovation center? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>How can colleges and universities create an effective fusion of a broad general education with social entrepreneurship, social services, service learning, social activism and a wide range of other relevant disciplines in order to effectively train students to become leaders and change agents in their community and their society? </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Questions for Discussion <ul><li>What kind of commitment should universities make to educating social entrepreneurs? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What can be done to promote acceptance of this new “meta discipline” of social change studies by university administrators as well as faculty? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Can colleges and universities help themselves by attracting new students who desire to be educated as change agents? </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Questions for Discussion <ul><li>What kind of interdisciplinary connections will be needed to help educate students to be social entrepreneurs/social innovators? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What departments across the university are most open to education for social change? </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Questions for Discussion <ul><li>What kind of connections to the civic and nonprofit sectors should universities make to facilitate the education of social change agents? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>How can colleges and universities reach out effectively to educate civic and nonprofit managers and their boards of directors? </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Questions for Discussion <ul><li>How should university administrators facilitate those connections? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What questions should these administrators ask of their faculty and students? </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Possible Conclusions And Implications <ul><li>Universities can train more active and effective leaders using the approach of social entrepreneurship/social innovation, who will have greater positive impact on society. </li></ul><ul><li>An interdisciplinary program connecting various schools of the university will be the most effective format for training students to be social entrepreneurs. </li></ul><ul><li>There is a demand for social entrepreneurship/social innovation education that will help fill empty seats in university programs. </li></ul><ul><li>Existing social entrepreneurship courses and programs should be studied to help develop new emergent models for future centers </li></ul>