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Programme Master in Management
Academic Year Academic Year 2024/2025
Module/course Code BEB5
Delivery location Paris
Language English
Course type Elective courses 15h
Contact hours 15
ECTS 2.5
Level 5 (year post baccalaureate)
Semester Fall/Spring
Field (Discipline) Others
Academic Department Management


Module/course Summary

Philanthropy and social entrepreneurship is BIG BUSINESS. More than half of the English helped contribute to the nearly £10 billion given last year in the UK. German foundations spend about $4.7 billion annually to further their charitable ambitions. There are over one million philanthropic organizations in the USA. More than 7% of the American labor force works for charities. Researchers predict that tens of trillions of dollars will be given to charities over the next few decades. 
Social businesses play a key role in society and in the economy. Many goods and services, such as education and health care, are delivered by non-profits social businesses. Social businesses also play a central role in delivering philanthropic services of the kind that are often under-provided by the market or governments. Finally, social businesses are important in providing the glue - the social capital - that holds societies together and makes them work.Starting, growing, and managing social businesses leads to challenges as complex as, and in some cases more complex than, the challenges facing the private sector. Social businesses need to identify their market, confront competitors, and manage their internal operations just as do firms. However, social businesses must address the needs of multiple constituencies, they must balance their values against the requirements of effective management, and they must attract and retain a skilled labor force without the financial resources that characterize much of the private sector.
This course will review the nature and needs of philanthropy and social entrepreneurship in France and Europe at large. It is not a detailed management course but rather is aimed at students who will likely relate to social businesses in a variety of ways (on the boards, as volunteers, as fund-raisers, and as staff). The course will be co-sponsored by the Institut de France/Tocqueville Foundation and the United Way. Speakers will include noted experts in the philanthropic community. Participants enrolled in this seminar are required to identify, evaluate, fund, and measure the results of chosen local philanthropic projects. Money to fund jury-selected team projects will be supplied by the IdeF/Tocqueville Foundation and the United Way.