WhartonにおけるSocial Impactに関連する授業

こんにちは!Wharton日本人の自称Social Impact担当のYHです。

日本でもBOPや社会起業という言葉を耳にすることが多くなっているようで、本当に喜ばしいことで、最近受験生の方からも関連して問い合わせが多い質問は「WhartonはSocial ImpactのMajorがないようだが、一体どんな授業が履修できるのか?」というものです。とうことで本日はWhartonで履修可能な(UPennの他大学院のものは除きます)授業の一覧をご紹介させて頂きます。今日ご紹介する授業以外にもヘルスケア関連の授業やField Application Projectと呼ばれる、実際に企業やNPOの問題解決を行う授業もあります。

Business Ethics and Corporate Responsibility: This course examines the foundations of moral reasoning and the analysis of ethical issues that arise in a wide range of contemporary business practices, both domestically and globally. This course is designed to inform and stimulate thinking on ethical issues, corporate social responsibility, and professional challenges encountered in business. The course material should help enable students to recognize and manage ethical issues and to formulate their own standards of integrity and professionalism. Ethics is not meant to be a stand-alone topic, but should be integrated into all aspects of business. The course relates to issues in organizational behavior and management, strategy, marketing, and international business. Topics covered include competitive intelligence gathering, diversity, fairness in the workplace, shareholder resolutions, social investing, bribery, corporate social responsibility and financial performance, microfinance, global health, and global poverty.

Environmental Management Law and Policy: This course provides an introduction to environmental management with a focus on law and policy as a basic framework. The primary aim of the course is to give students a deeper practical sense of the important relationship between business and the natural environment and to think critically about how best to manage this relationship.

Social Impact & Responsibility: This course provides the opportunity to develop an integrated framework for approaching the wide-ranging field of social impact and responsibility. The course involves the critical analysis of key issues that lie at the foundation of social impact and responsibility as an area of study, and is organized around the question: How should business enterprises and business thinking be engaged to improve society in areas not always associated with business? A key element of the course is the development of frameworks to define and measure social improvement. The course also examines approaches for success in corporate philanthropy, corporate social responsibility, socially responsible investing, business-nonprofit partnerships, social entrepreneurship and the adaptation of business thinking to the social sector. Examples are drawn from a range of areas, including the environment, education, health, economic development, microfinance, human rights, and community engagement.

Management of Crisis Relief Preparedness and Response: The recent floods in Pakistan, earthquakes in Haiti and Chile, hurricane and oil spill on the Gulf Coast, tsunami in Indonesia and wildfires in Moscow have ravaged the lives of millions of people. The frequency and magnitude of large-scale catastrophic disasters around the world is undeniably increasing. This course is a cross-disciplinary examination of disaster response, using recent tragedies as case studies to serve the interests of a broad range of Wharton students from varying business disciplines.   Selected course topics include, i) strategies of health care organizations, ii) challenges and coordination of relief organizations’ supply chain and logistics, and iii) technology and measurement advancing disaster response efforts.

Strategies for Economic Inclusion: The majority of humans, estimated to exceed 4 billion people, exist on incomes less than $300 per year. Over 1 billion of these poor exist on less than a $1 per day. Many poor are denied the opportunity to engage in the global business environment. Constraints they face include those of capital, knowledge, and services. This course is designed to attract those who are interested in the market for the poor. It will provide a managerial guide to those who may want to pursue careers in this space. The course is designed to present a mult- functional view of decisions managers will face.

Societal Wealth Venturing: The basic thesis of this elective course is that many social problems, if attacked entrepreneurially, create opportunities for launching businesses that simultaneously generate profits and alleviate the social problem. This approach generates societal wealth as well as entrepreneurial wealth. The course is distinguished from public sector initiatives to address social problems, and also from “social entrepreneurship” programs where social wealth creation is a by-product rather than the target of the entrepreneurial effort. Student teams are expected to develop a plan to launch a societal wealth generating business. The preference is for them to begin the course with already conceived ideas for entrepreneurial solutions to social problems. They may also join a team to work on a project proposed by a student who already has a business idea.

Political Environment of the Multi-national Firm: To deal with the complex and turbulent international environment a manager requires both a basic conceptual framework which can inform and order political and economical events and an understanding of how the international political economy actually affects strategy. Geopolitics explores the structure and evolution of the international political-economic system and then applies a basic model to several critical issues areas such as the European Community, technology policy, strategic alliances, and national competitiveness. The emphasis of the course in on implications for multinational strategy.

Social Impact of Marketing: This course explores the ways in which the marketing actions of firms can have an impact on society (positive or negative). Of particular interest are the actions that are central to the main products and services delivered by the firm (e.g., the development of products and brands, pricing, advertising, and distribution). There is also a focus on how the consideration of social issues can be integrated into broader marketing strategies and how companies and pro-social organizations can develop metrics for assessing social impact.

Environmental Sustainability & Value Creation: This course approaches environmental issues, and sustainable development more largely, from the standpoint of business. It emphasizes the trends in corporate practices and uses case studies to examine the interactions between the environment and the firm. Value creation focuses on new innovative services and financial products in this fast growing sphere. This course has three objectives: to increase your knowledge as future top decision makers on key environmental questions; to recognize environmental concerns as competitive opportunities; to teach students to think strategically and act entrepreneurially on environmental issues.