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Steven Rathgeb Smith
PB AF 555
Seattle Campus

Topics in Nonprofit Management

Examines various topics of public importance in nonprofit management. Integrates the political, managerial, and economic dimensions of these issues.

Class description

TOPIC- SOCIAL ENTERPRISE: Historically, we as a society have relied upon a variety of organizations to achieve public purposes and solve social problems. These organizations include government agencies, churches, nonprofit organizations, and businesses. Increasingly, though, organizations mixing both public purposes and private profit are playing critical roles in addressing social problems both in the United States and abroad. These varied organizations and initiatives include micro-credit organizations, partnerships between nonprofit organizations and business, restaurants operated by nonprofit job training programs, for-profit businesses with a social purpose, and foundation investment in for-profit companies to further economic revitalization.

Despite the rapid growth of social enterprise initiatives, the combination of public and private purposes is only beginning to be understood. Further, the relevance and utility of social enterprise to public and nonprofit managers needs much additional examination. Thus, this course will: 1) provide an introduction for students to the central concepts and practices of social enterprise and the diverse examples in the US and around the world; 2) offer students a framework to apply social enterprise practices to public and nonprofit management; and 3) offer opportunities for students to engage the broader social enterprise community in Seattle for mutual learning.

Student learning goals

Examine the social enterprise movement in the US and abroad;

Offer students a framework to apply, where relevant, the lessons of different social enterprise practices to public and nonprofit management;

Offer opportunities for students to engage the broader social enterprise community in Seattle for mutual learning;

Learn strategies to integrate social enterprises practices with effective nonprofit management practice.

General method of instruction

This course will utilize several cases as well as the extensive literature on social enterprise and social entrepreneurship.

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Blake N Cooper
Date: 02/06/2009