2008 Dates: June 23 - 30 Application Deadline: April 21, 2008
Social entrepreneurship is a phenomenon that has captivated the public, the media, activists, philanthropists, and social change agents alike. Around the world, social entrepreneurs are revolutionizing our approaches to problems like education, the environment, poverty, healthcare, and social justice.
The Executive Program in Social Entrepreneurship is a ground-breaking new program tailored to the needs and challenges facing successful social entrepreneurs. The curriculum is tailored to help participants take enterprises and innovative models to the next level by refining their innovations and leveraging their impact.
While grounded in a broad general management foundation, the Executive Program for Social Entrepreneurs is distinctive in the cutting edge topics addressed, including: tapping the social capital market, balancing social and economic value, blending nonprofit and for-profit legal forms, sustaining innovation, leveraging social innovations through technology; and creating effective cross-sector partnerships. The program also incorporates pioneering research from Stanford's world-renowned Center for Social Innovation.
Enhanced understanding of the mechanisms of social innovation
Better appreciation of the key feature and principles underlying the "business models" of successful social entrepreneurial ventures
Improved ability to lead rapidly growing organizations and foster and sustain an entrepreneurial culture
New skills for building relationships and alliances across nonprofit, public, and private sector boundaries
Who Should Attend
This program is appropriate for founders, CEOs, and senior-level professionals of profit and nonprofit ventures that aim to achieve social, environmental, economic, and financial impact through their products, services and other business practices, and the entities that fund them.
Curriculum and Schedule
James A. Phills Jr. Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior (Teaching), Stanford Graduate School of Business; Louise and Claude N. Rosenberg Jr. Director of the Center for Social Innovation; Director of the Executive Program for Nonprofit Leaders and Executive Program for Nonprofit Leaders-Arts; Director of the Strategy for Nonprofit Leaders Executive Program; Director of the Executive Program for Philanthropy Leaders; Claude N. Rosenberg Jr. Director of the Center for Social Innovation
Jim Phills is director of the Center for Social Innovation (CSI). He directs a number of CSI�s executive programs and teaches MBA electives on nonprofit strategy and social entrepreneurship. His research focuses on the emerging area of social innovation. In particular, Phills explores the growing exchange of ideas, talent, capital, and values across sector boundaries and the shifting roles and relationships between of business, government, and nonprofits in development of innovative solutions to social problems. He has also studied learning at the group, organizational, and societal levels of analysis. [View Profile]
Other Stanford Business School Faculty
William P. Barnett Thomas M. Siebel Professor of Business Leadership, Strategy, and Organizations; Co-director of the Executive Program in Strategy and Organization; Director of the Executive Management Program: Gaining New Perspectives; Director of the Business Strategies for Environmental Sustainability Executive Program Senior Fellow, Woods Institute for the Environment at Stanford; Director of the Center for Global Business and the Economy
William Barnett studies competition among organizations and how organizations and industries evolve over time. He has studied how strategic differences and strategic change among organizations affect their growth, performance, and survival. This research includes empirical studies of technical, regulatory, and ideological changes among organizations, and how these changes affect competitiveness over time and across markets. His studies span a range of industries and contexts, including organizations in computers, telecommunications, research and development, software, semiconductors, disk drives, newspaper publishing, beer brewing, banking, and environmental concerns. [View Profile]
Robert A. Burgelman Edmund W. Littlefield Professor of Management, Stanford Graduate School of Business; Director of the Executing Strategic Change Executive Program; Director of the Stanford Executive Program
Robert Burgelman carries out longitudinal field-based research on the role of strategy in firm evolution. He has examined how companies enter into new businesses (through corporate entrepreneurship and internal corporate venturing as well as through acquisition) and leave others (through strategic business exit), and how success may lead to co-evolutionary lock-in with the environment. His research has focused on organizations where strategic action is distributed among multiple levels of management. He has written some 100 case studies of companies in many different technology-based industries. He currently focuses on the challenges posed by nonlinear strategic dynamics. [View Profile]
Deborah H. Gruenfeld Professor of Organizational Behavior, Stanford Graduate School of Business
Deborah Gruenfeld is a social psychologist whose research shows how social structure affects the working of the mind. Her current research examines the psychological consequences of having power, which include an action-orientation, the tendency to objectify others, effects on ideological beliefs, and disinhibited behavior. She also has studied group decision making, and has written about, for example, the effects of majority and minority status on reasoning by members of the U.S. Supreme Court, and how newcomers and minority members affect generation, sharing and adoption of new ideas in small groups. [View Profile]
Chip Heath Professor of Organizational Behavior, Stanford Graduate School of Business
Chip Heath�s research focuses on two general areas: What makes ideas succeed in the social marketplace of ideas, and how can people design messages to make them stick? How do individuals, groups, and organizations make important decisions and what mistakes do they make? [View Profile]
Garth Saloner Jeffrey S. Skoll Professor of Electronic Commerce, Strategic Management, and Economics, Stanford Graduate School of Business; Director of the Center for Entrepreneurial Studies; Younger Family Faculty Fellow for 2006-07
Economist Garth Saloner is known for his pioneering work on network effects, which underlie much of the economics of electronic commerce and business. Saloner�s research focuses on issues of entrepreneurship, e-commerce, strategic management, organizational economics, competitive strategy, and antitrust economics. Much of his recent work has been devoted to understanding how firms set and change strategy, in established firms and startups. [View Profile]
Facilities and Location
The program is held on the Stanford University campus, which is situated on 8,180 acres in the rolling foothills. Located 35 miles south of San Francisco, Stanford University is just a few miles from Palo Alto and the high-tech industrial center of Silicon Valley. The campus is 25 miles south of San Francisco International Airport and 20 miles north of San Jose International Airport.
Classes are held in Stanford Business School classrooms especially designed to facilitate discussion among participants. Also available while participants are on campus is the J. Hugh Jackson Library, which includes the Rosenberg Corporate Research Center, a modern electronic information resource rivaling most corporate libraries. The School's computer laboratory, with its wide selection of hardware and software, is also available.
Participants will reside in the Schwab Residential Center, a few minutes' walk from the Business School. With its modern architecture and decor, the Center provides an unparalleled living environment for executives. Each air-conditioned suite includes a private bath plus a shared kitchen. The Center combines convenient on-campus housing, well-equipped group study areas, access to a comprehensive computer network, and both indoor and outdoor space to meet informally with peers. The Center's outstanding dining facility provides a wide array of choices for breakfast, lunch and dinner and will accommodate your dietary needs and preferences. [Visit the Schwab Residential Center Website]
Stanford has many amenities located nearby. A large shopping center and Palo Alto's commercial district are only a mile away. Music, theater, sports, and fine restaurants are available in the communities that surround the campus. Monterey Bay, spectacular portions of the Central California coast, and Napa wine country are all within a few hours of campus.
For more information on this program, please contact:
Brett Cicerone Associate Director, Programs Office of Executive Education Stanford Graduate School of Business
Stanford University 518 Memorial Way Stanford, CA 94305-5015 USA