Responsible Entrepreneurship in Developing Countries (sp17)

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Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) are often described as the “backbone of the economy” in developing countries due to their capacity to generate new jobs and economic activity.  Similarly, the entrepreneurs who create and run SMEs could be said to be the “backbone of the emerging middle class” as they collectively play a vital role in supporting community development, pressing for more transparent and accountable government, and creating the middle-class institutions of civil society. Within this context, SME entrepreneurs in developing countries have begun to follow the lead of entrepreneurs in the U.S. and Europe by building formal corporate social responsibility (CSR) practices into the operations of their individual businesses.  This course will use recent research and articles to describe the growth and present state of CSR practices at the SME level in developing countries. It will then compare and contrast CSR in developing countries with the CSR practices of entrepreneurs in highly developed economies.  As a byproduct of this comparison, students will be provided not only with a broad definition of CSR but also with an organized cataloguing of the specific socially and environmentally beneficial practices entrepreneurs can introduce into the way they run their businesses.

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April 21 – 23, 2017

Course Tuition fee of $750

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