The Social Enterprise Initiative at HBS generates and shares knowledge that helps individuals and organizations create social value in the nonprofit, private, and public sectors. Social Enterprise plays a critical role in supporting the School’s mission to educate leaders who make a difference in the world by integrating social enterprise-related research, teaching, and activities into the daily life of HBS.
One vitally important way HBS graduates make a difference in the world is through their leadership in social enterprise as managers and board members of nonprofits and as corporate leaders engaging their businesses in social purpose activities. Over 80 percent of HBS graduates are significantly involved with nonprofit organizations; 57 percent of them serve on nonprofit boards.
Social Enterprise’s strategic objectives range from building the world’s best faculty dedicated to social enterprise research and teaching to providing learning experiences that not only increase the effectiveness of social-sector executives, but also tap into the potential for social value creation among our entire community of students and alumni.
Since its inception in 1993, the Social Enterprise Initiative has made impressive achievements in building the field of social enterprise. These efforts position social enterprise as (see webpage for further details):
A force within HBS
A key sector of the economy
A wellspring of knowledge
A growing presence
An opportunity for the social enterprise community