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Social Entrepreneurship

Course number

KTH: ME2826, SSE: 8093, KI: 2XX062, KFK: SSES05, SU: FE6607


Spring 2017


Spring 2017: Mar 28 - May 11


The course runs after 5 pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays in 2-3 hour sessions

Worth: 7.5 ECTS-credits

Taught at

Stockholm University

Swedish course name

Socialt entreprenörskap

Entrepreneurship can be really tricky. Social entrepreneurship even more so. In this course we challenge you to use the methods of entrepreneurship to tackle and solve the wicked problems of the world.

Intended learning outcomes

After the course the students will be able to:

  • Explain and discuss the concepts of social entrepreneurship and its different shapes, and problematize the social impact of the enterprise, and/or the non-profit/NGO sector and its history.
  • Explain the concept and history of corporate social responsibility (CSR)
  • Evaluate the contextual and contingent effects on society by business
  • Evaluate the contextual and contingent effects on business by society
  • Identify usage of Public Relations planning and execution among social ventures
  • Develop advanced not-for-profit business models and Public Relations planning


The aim of this course is to introduce students to the context of social innovation and social entrepreneurship. Through project work students will increase their understanding of various theories and practices from the field, while being exposed to the action-oriented skills required for developing and implementing a social innovation and/or creating the social-oriented new venture.

In our society social needs are addressed in a variety of different ways. Some of these needs are addressed mainly through public organisations, some in private spheres through associations or businesses, and others in informal organisations or maybe not at all. As changes occur in our society, the current practices we use to meet our needs will not necessarily be the same practices we use to meet our needs in the future. In response, a number of initiatives are emerging. The creation of these new initiatives is the focus of this course.

Social innovation involves the identification of new problems and finding new solutions for action, individually or collectively. Entrepreneurship, as the process of developing and carrying out these initiatives, focuses on creating new ‘worlds’, in how we discuss these with others, and finally how we actually carry out concrete activities. Social innovation and entrepreneurship (sometimes) involve logics from different sectors of society (Non-profit and voluntary sector, Public sector and Private sector). During the course, ethical, moral and normative issues will be considered as contextual and contingent, to be related to practical examples and project work.

The course’s key topics are:

  • Social Entrepreneurship
  • Norms, ethics and well-being
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Public Relations
  • Not-for profit business models

Teaching and learning activities

The course will mix and match lectures with debates, discussions and workshops by the students as well as leaders in the field. A case of social entrepreneurship will be constructed by the students in groups.

Grades and form of assessment


The student’s grade will depend on:

  • Participation
  • Literature exam
  • Reading assignments
  • Case (group report)

Literature and teaching aids

Literature will be announced in connection to the start and communicated to enrolled students.


Attendance is compulsory.

Additional information

The course language is English.
The course is offered within the framework of the Stockholm School of Entrepreneurship.
Responsible institution: Stockholm University (SU)


Jessica Lindbergh

Centre Director & Course Director, SU

Centre Director & Course Director, SU

Jessica Lindbergh is Centre Director & Course Director at Stockholm University School of Business and is in her research interested in the entrepreneurial process that follows from starting a business. More specifically the interest is on entrepreneurs crossing country borders and development of business and financial relationships. Jessica has published in journals such as Entrepreneurship – Theory and Practice, Journal of International Business Studies and International Business Review. She has long experience of teaching from other universities such as Uppsala University and Royal Institute of Technology.

Hanna von Schantz

PhD student, Stockholm University School of Business

Hanna von Schantz is a PhD student at Stockholm University School of Business. Her research involves around digital technologies and their impact on the creation of new ventures and new markets. She is currently working on her PhD dissertation where she investigates the early phases of new ventures in the digital entertainment industry by looking at what entrepreneurial actors do when they develop their ideas and bring them to market. Of particular interest for Hanna is how entrepreneurial opportunities emerge and evolve over time and the role of business models in this process. She is a member of the Swedish research school MIT ( Hanna has a professional background as founder and CEO of an e-commerce company, she has also worked as communications manager for a business development firm. She is frequently engaged as speaker on topics related to technological change, innovation, entrepreneurship, e-commerce and trends in digital entertainment industry.