Social Enterprise Management
This module aims to give you the opportunity to explore how a social enterprise balances its social and environmental goals with financial sustainability, applying academic learning in a real world context and introducing you to the world of business and social enterprise. In the context of problem based learning, you will be introduced to social enterprise, and its role in relation to environmental sustainability and social responsibility. Using a variety of techniques, you will gain a broad understanding of business development for social enterprise purposes.
You will work in groups to develop a social enterprise business plan. This could be anything where there is an identified primary social need (e.g. housing, transport, flood defence, food production, health and wellbeing) or secondary social need (e.g. leisure).
You will receive step by step guidance about how to form a Social Enterprise and hear first hand from a range of invited guest speakers with expertise in different areas of Social Enterprise. Through the process of developing a social enterprise business plan, you will be required to engage with the aims of the module.
Full module specification
|Module title:||Social Enterprise Management|
|Duration of module:||
Duration (weeks) - term 2: |
This module aims to enable you to understand the role of social enterprise and the principles on which such operations function.
You will learn how to identify user needs and address these through collaborative co-design and action, being resourceful and different models of leadership.
A problem based approach will allow you to better understand the potential role and impact of social media in a social enterprise context.
ILO: Module-specific skills
- 1. Summarise the basic principles of Social Enterprise, including the management of aims, objectives and stakeholders
- 2. Distinguish between primary and secondary social needs
- 3. Review different types of business models for a Social Enterprise
- 4. Develop a Social Enterprise Business plan
- 5. Recount the issues facing the management of a Social Enterprise
ILO: Discipline-specific skills
- 6. Explain the concept of Social Enterprise and clarify the principles by which a Social Enterprise operates
- 7. Critically discuss issues of Environmental Sustainability and/or Social Responsibility in the context of Social Enterprise
- 8. Summarise the legal governance structures for establishing Social Enterprise
ILO: Personal and key skills
- 9. Practice research skills to identify a social innovation
- 10. Demonstrate independent and group skills and, identify the success factors for effective team work
- 11. Articulate and critically analyse the challenges and opportunities of operating a Social Enterprise
- 12. Use appropriate social media to support a Social Enterprise or Social Innovation
- 13. Prepare a business plan and reflect on the experience
- 14. Manage a group project to a successful outcome, monitoring and reporting progress in the process
Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)
|Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities||Guided independent study||Placement / study abroad|
Details of learning activities and teaching methods
|Category||Hours of study time||Description|
|Scheduled learning & teaching activites||10||Lectures and seminars|
|Scheduled learning & teaching activites||10||Workshops and tutorial|
|Independent study||124||You will be expected to manage your time accordingly in order to work as a group member and on your own to produce the various assignments.|
|Form of assessment||Size of the assessment (eg length / duration)||ILOs assessed||Feedback method|
|Proposal for Social Enterprise business plan||1000 words||1-3,4,9-11,13||Written and oral|
|Presentation on the concept, structure and principles of Social Enterprise||10 minute group presentation which can be either in person or a digital composition||1,3,6,8-9,10, 12||Written and oral|
Summative assessment (% of credit)
|Coursework||Written exams||Practical exams|
Details of summative assessment
|Form of assessment||% of credit||Size of the assessment (eg length / duration)||ILOs assessed||Feedback method|
|Individual paper on the role of Social Enterprise||30||2,500 words||1-3,5,7,9,11||Written and oral|
|The creation of digital content that can be used to either support a Social Enterprise or articulate a Social innovation||30||10 minute social media presentation on a future innovation opportunity, with accompanying commentary notes up to 1,000 words||1-3,6,8-10, 12||Written and oral|
|Group business plan||40||no more than up to 4000 words||1,3,4,9-11,13,14||Written and oral|
Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)
|Original form of assessment||Form of re-assessment||ILOs re-assessed||Timescale for re-assessment|
|Proposal for Social Enterprise business plan||1000 words||1-3,4,9-11,13||August|
|Deliver a presentation on the key learnings of working on a group project to develop digital content, with a focus on key skills and personal development||10 minute presentation which can be either in person or a digital composition||1,3,6,8-9,10,12||August|
A student will be referred in all failed components if the student fails the module with a mark of below 40% overall.
A student if deferred in a single component will be reassessed in that component only.
Social Enterprise: what it is, how it works
Competencies of Social Entrepreneurship
Social Enterprise: Structure and infrastructure
Identifying a social/environmental need
Social and environmental solutions
The opportunities and challenges facing social enterprises
Sources of funding & business planning
Managing a social enterprise
Impact and Performance of a social venture
Indicative learning resources - Basic reading
INDICATIVE LEARNING RESOURCES - The following list is offered as an indication of the type & level of information that you are expected to consult. Further guidance will be provided by the Module Convener.
Doherty, B. Meehan, J. Maureen, R. Foster, G. Rotheroe, N. Mason, C. (2009) Management for Social Enterprise SAGE Publications Ltd
Nicholls, A. (2008) Social Entrepreneurship: New Models of Sustainable Social Change, Oxford University Press
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Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources
Web based and electronic resources:
Other resources: as provided and recommended during classes and via ELE
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