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Courses

Yale SOM offers a wide array of elective courses that explore issues related to social enterprise, ranging from non-profit management to public policy, from environmental stewardship to business ethics.  A list of all syllabi can be found at courses.yale.edu.

Business and Environment: Management and Strategy

Marian Chertow

MGT 688 - Fall

This is an introductory course focusing on understanding the business and policy logic for including environment and sustainability as core elements of business management and strategy. The course seeks to provide students with an introduction to the range of issues and challenges that companies face in today’s world of pandemics, inflation, extreme weather events, and a rapidly changing marketplace. It will introduce key terms, concepts, tools, strategies, and frameworks in the business and environment realm with an emphasis on how they have evolved.

Business Ethics

Jason Dana

MGT 532 - Fall and Spring

Business is an activity in which parties exchange goods or services for valuable consideration. The goal of this course is to examine the ethical dimensions of such activities and develop skills for identifying and weighting ethical considerations. We will discover the tools we use for reasoning about right and wrong at the individual, firm, and policy levels, as well as explore “blind spots” – reasons why people fail to see the ethical dimension of decisions and thus, how they fail to live up to their own ethical standards.

Connected Cities and Urban Ecosystems

Sasson Darwish

MGT 894 - Spring

This course introduces students to the technological forces reshaping urban ecosystems. More than 50% of the world population lives in cities. These cities use 80% of the world’s energy; consume 60% of the world’s drinking water; and, generate 70% of the world’s carbon emissions. Furthermore, rapid population growth is straining the capacity of cities to provide essential goods and basic services such as electricity, drinking water, sewage, and trash removal, as well as provide a reliable transportation infrastructure. We will focus our time in
these six areas: Data, Energy, Food, Infrastructure, Public Services, and Water.

Digital Transformation for Inclusive Growth

Robin Miller

GLBL 6565 (Jackson) - Fall

The role of technology in driving inclusive growth is not new, but it has been evolving, from a discourse on emerging technologies to digital as an essential part of infrastructure and towards digital transformation as an essential evolution for building inclusive and prosperous economies. The purpose of this course is to understand what role digital technologies, ecosystems and infrastructure play in building more inclusive, equitable economies around the world.

Education Policy

Seth Zimmerman

MGT 581 - Spring

This course is designed to describe the major policies defining today’s education system in the US. The course topics will include, but are not limited to, governance, accountability, choice, finance, and personnel policies for K-12 education, with a focus on the role of teachers; it will also briefly cover issues related to early childhood education and higher education. The focus will be on policies made at the federal, state, and local levels, and on the implications of these policies for students, families, and communities. Discussions will touch upon the goals of policies and the extent to which the intention, implementation and ultimate effects of the policies align. Class sessions are a mixture of lectures, a guest lecture, and student presentations of existing research. Assessment will be based on these presentations and on a final project. The course is designed as a complement to MGT 537-01 (Inequality and Social Mobility), but the two courses can also be taken in isolation.

Ethical Choices in Public Leadership

Eric Braverman

MGT 629 - Fall

All public leaders must make choices that challenge their code of ethics. This interdisciplinary seminar draws on perspectives from law, management, and public policy in exploring how leaders develop their principles, respond when their principles fail or conflict, and make real-world choices when, in fact, there are no good choices. 

Financing Green Technologies

Richard Kauffman

MGT 842 - Spring

This course will explore how investing in renewable energy is different than in investing in more prosaic sectors. These differences include capital intensity, commodity markets, mature industry structure, local and federal regulation, and market imperfections. The course will also review the differences in policy support given to renewable energy in other countries. While the emphasis is on renewable energy, many of the same issues obtain in considering other green technologies—from water to new packaging.

Global Social Entrepreneurship

Tony Sheldon

MGT 529 (India) Fall - Spring

MGT 865 (Brazil) Spring

The Global Social Entrepreneurship (GSE) courses link teams of Yale students with mission-driven social entrepreneurs (SEs) to focus on a specific management challenge that the student/SE teams work together to address during the semester. The course covers both theoretical and practical issues, including case studies and discussions, and in-country field work. Meets SOM's Global Studies Requirement.

Housing Connecticut: Developing Healthy and Sustainable Neighborhoods

Kate Cooney, Andrei Harwell, Anika Singh Lemar, and Allen Plattus

MGT 632 - Fall

In this inaugural interdisciplinary clinic taught between the Schools of Architecture, Law, and Management, and organized by the Yale Urban Design Workshop, students will gain hands-on, practical experience in architectural and urban design, development, and social entrepreneurship while contributing novel solutions to the housing affordability crisis.

Inclusive Economic Development Lab: Special Topics

Kate Cooney

MGT 826 - Spring

The course will invite guest speakers nationally to help us think through the current state of knowledge and examine cutting-edge models to support, capitalize, network, grow, and integrate minority-owned businesses into a regional and global economy as a strategy for inclusive economic development. As in previous years, the Lab will provide opportunities for students to engage with key actors in the focal neighborhoods in New Haven, and a class project that will provide a set of analyses that city actors can use to navigate this new opportunity.

Inequality and Social Mobility

Seth Zimmerman

MGT 537 - Spring

This course explores current trends in inequality and social and intergenerational mobility in the US and abroad, their possible causes, and the impact of public policies in shaping these trends. Drawing primarily on empirical evidence from the economics literature, we will examine the role of education, segregation, and race in shaping economic opportunities within and across generations. 

Insurance and Finance for the Poor

Robert Jensen

MGT 823 - Spring

This course will focus on insurance, savings, credit, and other financial services for the poor. We will use the tools of economic theory and quantitative analysis to explore these topics, including: the potential role these instruments play as drivers of well-being, poverty alleviation, income growth and social and economic development; why households lack access to these instruments; and potential solutions. We will consider the role played by the state, market and broader society, including both the formal and informal sectors.

Managing Social Enterprises

Kate Cooney

MGT 621 - Spring

Following initial content reviewing perspectives on the trend of social enterprise, topics covered include: choosing the right organizational legal form, managing competing or conflicting goals, tools for double and triple bottom line decision making, calculating a SROI (social return on investment), the challenge of integrating interdisciplinary human resources, raising capital at different stages of the organizational lifecycle, scaling a social innovation/ product, and exits.

Managing Sustainable Operations

Elif Kongar

MGT 872 - Spring

In this course, we take a business-oriented perspective to explore the tradeoffs and synergies that exist between firms' ecological and financial performance. The course intends to offer an overarching sustainability framework that encompasses various dimensions of corporate sustainability initiatives, with a special emphasis on operations management. We will make use of different quantitative and analytical tools for measuring and evaluating the link between operations functions of an organization and its sustainability goals.

Metrics, Tools and Indicators in Corporate Responsibility

Todd Cort

MGT 566 - Spring

This is an applied course on the metrics, indicators and tools used by businesses to implement strategically relevant Corporate Social and Environmental Responsibility (CSER) or Sustainability programs. It is relevant for any potential corporate manager or consultant.

Modern Philanthropy: Perspectives and Challenges

Judy Chevalier and Paige Maclean

MGT 867 - Fall

Co-taught by a philanthropic advisor and an economics faculty member, this course will examine alternative approaches to philanthropy and address many of the challenges and tradeoffs facing modern philanthropists. We will examine the history of philanthropy and foundations, the current state of philanthropy, debates about the role of philanthropy in society, and the complicated relationship between philanthropy and social justice.

Natural Capital: Risks and Opportunities in Global Resource Systems

Todd Cort

MGT 920 - Spring

Natural resource constraints affect most, if not all, functional areas of the modern corporation. Many large companies are taking proactive approaches to managing these risks and capturing the opportunities they create. As such, they are increasingly expecting their employees to have a basic familiarity with the environmental and social, as well as the economic, megatrends affecting these systems.

Public Health Entrepreneurship

Teresa Chahine

MGT 631 - Spring

This is a case based course about innovation and entrepreneurship for health equity and drivers of health. Health equity means that everyone has a fair and just opportunity to be as healthy as possible. This requires removing obstacles to health such as poverty, racism, gender and other biases and their consequences, including powerlessness and lack of access to good jobs with fair pay, quality education and housing, healthy foods, safe environments, and health care. We refer to these as drivers of health. COVID-19 has brought to light for many the complexities in drivers of health, and the role of entrepreneurship and cross-sectoral collaboration in eliminating health disparities. No prerequisites, all are welcome.

Private Capital and Impact Investing

Susan Carter

MGT 891 - Spring

This course, which is taught from the perspective of an institutional investor, provides an introduction to Private Capital and Impact Investment markets including 1) the development of the venture capital industry 2) an overview of the private equity industry 3) an exploration of how venture capital and private equity  investment firms are embracing ESG factors, and 4) the development of impact investment and how the private capital model is used for positive environmental and social impact.

Race and Money in America, Contemporary Business Application

Ebony Reed and Louise Story

MGT 861 - Spring

This course explores the history of race and money in America, dating to the mid-1800s with a focus on Black Americans. The course ties past events to the present and challenges people to explore solutions that would move the needle in creating a more equitable society. The course will be relevant to managers in many industries including insurance, banking, media, technology, education, real estate and more. In viewing the throughline of this history through today’s business lens, there will be many revelations along the way for both people who haven’t studied much history and for those who specialized in Black history.

Social Entrepreneurship Lab

Teresa Chahine

MGT 612 - Fall

Social Entrepreneurship Lab is a practice-based course in which students from across campus form interdisciplinary teams to work on a social challenge of their choice. Students start by identifying a topic area of focus, then form teams based on shared interests and complementary skills. Over the course of thirteen weeks, student teams delve into understanding the challenge through root cause analysis, research on existing solutions and populations affected; then apply human centered design thinking and systems thinking to design, prototype, test, and iterate solutions. No prerequisites, all are welcome.

Start-up Founder Practicum

Jennifer McFadden

MGT 646 - Fall and Spring

The purpose of this course is to provide full-time Yale SOM students with a mechanism to work on their startup ventures for credit, applying principles derived from their other coursework, particularly the integrated core curriculum. Students in this course articulate milestones for their ventures and work with faculty, staff, and mentors to meet those milestones.

Strategic Management of Nonprofit Organizations

Judy Chevalier

MGT 527 - Fall

The purpose of this course is to study, discuss, and debate many issues of concern to managers of nonprofit
organizations, including mission definition, competing internal and external demands, resource scarcity and
uncertainty, governance systems, and managing strategic change.

Tribal Resources and Sovereignty Clinic

Patrick Gonzalez-Rogers

MGT 682 - Fall

We will identify and describe the varieties of tribal resources and the limitation of the management prerogatives facing Tribal Nations under the current legal regime. We explore those resources governed by the trust duty and the federal government’s role. We also look at the emerging resources in the green economy and investigate the relations between tribes, states, and private actors. Co-management, the trust duty, and tribal sovereignty are the main themes around which the clinic is structured.

Urban Poverty and Economic Development

Kate Cooney

MGT 536 - Fall

The course topics includes: (1) measurements and theoretical explanations of poverty, incorporating both panel data and ethnography; (2) analytic tools for assessing community and regional economic flows; and (3) strategies for economic development and wealth building among low-income urban populations and communities. We examine innovative approaches in the traditional areas of economic development, workforce development, housing, education, and individual income support and wealth building.