Spring 2008 Course Description

Advanced Topics in Management

Section Title: In Pursuit of Innovation: A Social Venture Plan Laboratory
Instructor(s): Sarah Rehnborg
Course: P A 388L - Advanced Topics in Management
(previously Seminar on Topics in Public Management)
Unique Number: 64375
Day & Time: Thursdays, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Room: SRH 3.109
Waitlist Information:For LBJ Students: UT Waitlist Information
Notes: Restricted to Semi-finalists of Social Inovation Competition

This course fulfills requirements for the following specialization(s):

Description: Social entrepreneurs are individuals with innovative vision seeking to accomplish important public purposes through the creative mobilization of people and resources. Using academic theory and research on social entrepreneurship as a framework, student innovators will work to design a social change organization of their own invention. Students will turn passion for changing the world into concrete plans for launching a venture.

Coursework including case studies, readings, and assignments will cover: defining the problem/opportunity, refining the mission/vision, developing market research and industry analysis, planning for management and governance structure, funding strategy, basic financial and operating structure, evaluation framework, and presentation skills.

Plans will be drafted through multiple class assignments and students will present formally and informally several times throughout the semester, receiving feedback from faculty, peers, social entrepreneurs and invited guests.

This course is intended primarily for students participating in the UT Social Innovation Competition to facilitate their preparation of a venture plan.

This class fulfills a requirement for the Portfolio Program in Nonprofit Studies

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