It doesn’t take an MBA – or does it?
What exactly is a social enterprise?
Is it a business? Is it a business, plus? Or is it something else entirely, something new, perhaps even something not yet defined?
The question we’re looking at this week echoes one that came up at a recent career development session at the Haas School of Business
The coach for that session made an interesting observation: that students in the liberal arts believe their careers should leverage their appetite for passion and contribution (to the world we live in, and the world our children will inherit) while MBA students believe in the importance of resources (read: dollars) and competences (read: expertise).
Two groups, two streams of students who will shortly be entering the workforce -and four significant considerations that motivate their career choices:
Resources. Expertise. Passions. Contribution.
Let me take a wild swing at this -don’t hold me to it too closely, it’s a first draft, a rough outline, a broad strokes approach – and suggest that "resources plus expertise" represents the business or entrepreneurial outlook, while "passions plus contribution" puts the social component into play.
So can social entrepreneurs succeed with passions plus contribution alone?
Or do they need resources plus expertise too?
How about resources plus expertise by themselves?
Will that combination alone ever change society?
@dallant Liberal arts grads care about passion & contribution. MBA’s
believe in expertise & $. Ideal: include all four in prof life #HaasReunion
Can a social enterprise be just a business?
Does it need to be more than that? How much more?
Is it, perhaps, something entirely new and different?
Are social enterprises more a matter of passion and contribution in the beginning, when they’re small — and does the resources plus expertise factor come into play most at the point when they scale up?
Is it time for the liberal arts folk to invade the MBA programs?
How do we merge the two mindsets to arrive at the strengths of both?
Please join Charles (Hipbone) Cameron as we discuss how to configure the best of both worlds.