About this Specialization
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100% online courses

Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.
Flexible Schedule

Flexible Schedule

Set and maintain flexible deadlines.
Beginner Level

Beginner Level

Hours to complete

Approx. 2 months to complete

Suggested 6 hours/week
Available languages

English

Subtitles: English...

Skills you will gain

Social Return On Investment (SROI)CorruptionSocial EntrepreneurshipSocially Responsible Investing
100% online courses

100% online courses

Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.
Flexible Schedule

Flexible Schedule

Set and maintain flexible deadlines.
Beginner Level

Beginner Level

Hours to complete

Approx. 2 months to complete

Suggested 6 hours/week
Available languages

English

Subtitles: English...

How the Specialization Works

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Hands-on Project

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Earn a Certificate

When you finish every course and complete the hands-on project, you'll earn a Certificate that you can share with prospective employers and your professional network.

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There are 4 Courses in this Specialization

Course1

Global Trends for Business and Society

4.7
132 ratings
36 reviews
In this course, you’ll learn to analyze rapidly changing global trends, their effects on consumer and labor markets, financial systems, and geopolitical relationships among countries all over the world. Professor Mauro Guillen of the Wharton School has designed this course to help you understand the magnitude of influence these trends have on the business world and society. Through real-world case studies, both historical and contemporary, you’ll examine how changes within one society affect others. By the end of this course, you’ll have gained the tools to be able to identify, analyze, and adapt to global changes as they affect your business and society....
Course2

Corruption

4.6
253 ratings
64 reviews
You can't understand the world today if you don't understand corruption. Every day, we see high-level government officials resigning, governments changing, hundreds of thousands of people standing in squares, holding up signs, and often risking their lives to protest the corruption in the world. It's critically important to the health of our societies to understand what people are protesting against. We want to understand corruption. This course is designed to teach you about what corruption is, what causes corruption, the effects of corruption, and how to control corruption. We'll be talking about this from a global perspective using examples from all over the world. We'll also be talking about corruption from the perspective of countries, governments, businesses, citizens, and the people within these entities. At the end of this course, you'll have a better understanding of why the world is changing according to the path of corruption. If you're in a position to make changes within your respective entity, to make decisions about corruption, you'll be able to make better decisions....
Course3

Social Entrepreneurship

4.7
77 ratings
13 reviews
How do we create innovative and effective solutions to social problems around the world ? This course was designed for individuals and organizations who want to identify and bring about transformative societal change. Professors Jim Thompson and Ian “Mac” MacMillan help you develop both a strategy and a framework for your social enterprise based on their years of experience and expertise teaching social entrepreneurship and advising entrepreneurs. You’ll learn how to define a social problem, understand contextual realities, develop a solution, and plan for effective deployment. By the end of this course, you’ll have a deep understanding of the realities of launching an enterprise, be prepared for every step of the process, and put your social entrepreneurial venture on the path to success....
Course4

Business Strategies for Social Impact

4.6
87 ratings
22 reviews
When is it good business practice to invest for social good? What are the most innovative and effective business strategies for developing positive social impact around the world? Designed by renowned Wharton professors Katherine Klein and Chris Geczy to help individuals, organizations, and investors bring about societal change, this course introduces the fundamentals of impact investing, and developing a business strategy that drives social impact. You’ll learn how to become a leader who cultivates purpose and inspires change, measure societal impact through evidence-based models, and invest in ventures effectively and meaningfully. By the end of this course, you’ll have a deep understanding of the realities of leading an organization with purpose, and be able to build successful strategies that bring impactful change to the world....

Instructors

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Christopher Geczy

Adjunct Professor of Finance
Fianance
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James D. Thompson

Director, Wharton Social Entrepreneurship Program
Entrepreneurship
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Philip Nichols

Professor of Legal Studies and Business Ethics
The Wharton School
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Ian "Mac" MacMillan

Dhirubhai Ambani Professor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Management
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Mauro Guillen

Professor of International Management
Director of the Lauder Institute of Management and International Studies
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Katherine Klein

Edward H. Bowman Professor of Management
The Wharton School

About University of Pennsylvania

The University of Pennsylvania (commonly referred to as Penn) is a private university, located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. A member of the Ivy League, Penn is the fourth-oldest institution of higher education in the United States, and considers itself to be the first university in the United States with both undergraduate and graduate studies. ...

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  • This course is completely online, so there’s no need to show up to a classroom in person. You can access your lectures, readings and assignments anytime and anywhere via the web or your mobile device.

  • This Specialization doesn't carry university credit, but some universities may choose to accept Specialization Certificates for credit. Check with your institution to learn more.

  • Time to completion will vary based on your schedule, but we anticipate most learners being able to finish the material in 6 months.

  • No specific background is required—this Specialization is ideal for employees, entrepreneurs, managers, consultants, or anyone who has an interest in business and social impact.

  • Although you can take the courses in this Specialization in any order, we do recommend that you follow the suggested sequence of courses (Global Trends for Business and Society, Corruption, Social Entrepreneurship, and Business Strategies for Social Impact).

  • By the end of this Specialization, you’ll know how to lead, invest and make business decisions for social impact, analyze information about global trends and corruption to make more informed strategic business decisions, and develop, launch, test, and scale entrepreneurship projects which have high-potential of positive social impact. Through your deeper understanding of the connection between businesses and the world, you'll be able to create business strategies that drive positive social change.

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