Social Business

Code Cours
Langue d'enseignement
Français, Anglais
Sonal JAIN



The students must have a general knowledge of business and management concepts. Good comprehension of English. The students are expected to do additional reading on the topic and previously prepare the classes autonomous


The aims of the course include:

  • To develop systematic knowledge and to understand the third sector and social economy field;

  • To comprehend the social business concept and its place within the whole economy and society.

  • To offer opportunities to explore rationale, purposes and practices of social business in different contexts.

  • To present diverse tools and theories of organisation in terms of their application to social business;

  • To offer opportunities to look at social business in detail from different entrepreneurial / managerial / organisational perspectives.

  • To encouraging students to adopt a critical and reflexive approach to understanding social business.

  • Examining ethical, critical and social issues that arise during the practice of managing social business.

At the end of the course, students will be able to:

  • Compare and contrast third sector and social economy concepts, terms and organisational forms.

  • Explain and theorise the contribution of social business to social and economic change.

  • Explain and apply democratic theory to enterprise management, and use it to critique and/or transform business practices.

  • Critically evaluate the historical trends that have influenced the emergence of social business as a phenomenon.

  • Develop professional skills to contribute to strategic decisions regarding income generation, organisational and human resource development in one or more social business contexts.

  • Evaluate the purposes, outcomes and impacts of social business through development of knowledge about social accounting and audit.

  • Develop and/or implement a realistic social business project or business plan.

  • Critically appraise findings from published research on management, business and social business


1 Course outline + Introduction to the Third Sector and Social Economy (conceptualization and historical evolution)

2 Defining and Distinguishing Social Business

3 Recognizing Social Opportunities and Social Problems

4 Developing a Strategic Plan for a Social Business

5 Sustain Social Business

6 Measuring and Scaling Social Impact


Contrôle continu : coeff. 1



<b><i>Adopted handbook :</i></b>|| Kickul, J., &amp; Lyons, T. S. (2012). Understanding social entrepreneurship: The relentless pursuit of mission in an ever changing world. New York, NY: Routledge.|| Yunus, Muhammad (2010). Building Social Business: The New Kind of Capitalism that Serves Humanity's Most Pressing Needs. New York, NY: PublicAffairs;|||| <b><i>Essential readings:</i></b>|| Yunus, Muhammad (2007). Creating a World without Poverty: Social Business and the Future of Capitalism. New York? NY: PublicAffairs|| Bridge, S., Murtagh, B., &amp; O’Neill, K. (2013). <i>Understanding the Social Economy and the Third Sector</i>. Palgrave Macmillan.|| Doherty, B., Foster, G., Meehan, J., Meehan, K., &amp; Mason, C. (2009). <i>Management for Social Enterprise</i>. London, UK: Sage.|| Wei-Skillern, J., Austin, J. E., Leonard, H., &amp; Stevenson, H. (2007). <i>Entrepreneurship in the social sector</i>. Los Angeles, CA: Sage.|||| <b><i>Supplemental readings :</i></b>|| Dart, R. (2004). The legitimacy of social enterprise. <i>Nonprofit Management and Leadership</i>, <i>14</i>(4), 411–424. doi:10.1002/nml.43|| Dees, J. G., Emerson, J., &amp; Economy, P. (2001). <i>Enterprising nonprofits: A toolkit for social entrepreneurs</i>. New York, NY: John Wiley and Sons.|| Defourny, J., &amp; Nyssens, M. (2010). Conceptions of Social Enterprise and Social Entrepreneurship in Europe and the United States: Convergences and Divergences. <i>Journal of Social Entrepreneurship</i>, <i>1</i>(1), 32–53. doi:10.1080/19420670903442053|| Frumkin, P. (2013). Between Nonprofit Management and Social Entrepreneurship. <i>Public Administration Review</i>, <i>73</i>(2), 372–376. doi:10.1111/puar.12026|| Haugh, H. (2012). The importance of theory in social enterprise research. <i>Social Enterprise Journal</i>, <i>8</i>(1), 7–15. doi:10.1108/17508611211226557|| Kerlin, J. A. (2009). <i>Social Enterprise: A Global Comparison</i>. UPNE.|| Mair, J. (2010). Social entrepreneurship: Taking stock and looking ahead. In A. Fayolle &amp; H. Matlay (Eds.), <i>Handbook of research on social entrepreneurship</i> (pp. 15–28). Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar.|| Mair, J., Robinson, J., &amp; Hockerts, K. (2006). <i>Social Entrepreneurship</i>. Palgrave Macmillan.|| Martin, F., &amp; Thompson, M. (2010). <i>Social Enterprise: Developing Sustainable Businesses</i>. Palgrave Macmillan|| Nyssens, M. (Ed.). (2006). <i>Social enterprise: At the crossroads of market, public policies and civil society</i>. London, UK: Routledge.|| Peredo, A. M., &amp; McLean, M. (2006). Social entrepreneurship: A critical review of the concept. <i>Journal of World Business</i>, <i>41</i>(1), 56–65. doi:10.1016/j.jwb.2005.10.007|| Ridley-Duff, R., &amp; Bull, M. (2011). <i>Understanding social enterprise: Theory and practice</i>. London, UK: Sage.|| Yunus, M. (2007). <i>Creating a World Without Poverty: Social Business and the Future of Capitalism</i>. New York, NY: PublicAffairs.|| Zamagni, S., &amp; Bruni, L. (2013). <i>Handbook on the Economics of Philanthropy, Reciprocity and Social Enterprise</i>. Edward Elgar Publishing.||