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Intermediate Corporate Social Entrepreneurship: from CSR to CSE

About Course

View the YouTube video to get a broad understanding of CSR

What I will learn?

  • Understand the theoretical foundations of CSR – Shareholder Value Theory, Stakeholder Theory, Corporate Social Performance Theory and Corporate Citizenship Theory
  • In depth understanding of CSE is and it's foundation in CSR
  • Understand and evaluate the corporate environment and its position in the wider political, economic and developmental context and it's suitability for CSE
  • Understand and evaluate the social enterprise environment
  • Understand the building blocks that facilitate the development of CSE in a corporate setting
  • Develop knowledge of the key stakeholders / influencers in each organisational setting (corporate and social enterprise)

Course Curriculum

CSE Introduction and Theoretical Framework
This learning unit aims to develop students’ understanding of the conception, practices, and criticisms of corporate social entrepreneurship (CSE). Focusing on the wider political, economic, and developmental context in which CSE has emerged and is practiced. It will focus on the origins of CSE from Corporate Social Responsibility including philanthropy, enterprise and profit, social enterprise, and social entrepreneurship.

Distinctive Characteristics of CSE – Practical Requirements for the Corporate
This learning unit take a practical approach focusing on elaborating the distinctive characteristics of CSE and the practical requirements for the corporate to engage in Corporate Social Entrepreneurship.

Material Includes

  • Agudelo, M. A. L., Jóhannsdóttir, L., & Davídsdóttir, B. (2019). A literature review of the history and evolution of corporate social responsibility. International Journal of Corporate Social Responsibility, 4(1), 1-23.
  • Carroll, A. B. (2008). A history of corporate social responsibility: Concepts and practices. The Oxford handbook of corporate social responsibility, 1.
  • Dees, J. G. (1998). Enterprising nonprofits: What do you do when traditional sources of funding fall short. Harvard business review, 76(1), 55-67.
  • Dees, J. G. (2001). The Meaning of Social Enterprise. Standford University: Palo Alto, CA.
  • Defourny, J., & Nyssens, M. (2010). Conceptions of social enterprise and social entrepreneurship in Europe and the United States: Convergences and divergences. Journal of social entrepreneurship, 1(1), 32-53.
  • Register of Commission Documents. Ec.europa.eu. (2001). Retrieved 15 February 2022, from https://ec.europa.eu/transparency/documents-register/detail?ref=COM(2001)366&lang=en.


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