Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years, which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.


After completing the course, students should be able to:

- Identify and discuss social innovation initiatives that are taking place across sectors (such as the corporate, nonprofit, government or startup sector), and their origins.
- Analyze tensions between the pursuit of social and pragmatic (e.g., financial) objectives in social innovation initiatives and apply theoretical knowledge to propose appropriate ways to respond to such tensions.
- Generate a compelling proposal of a social innovation initiative that is applicable to their own work or life and justify convincingly the strategic choices behind it, as well as the ways it can be successfully adopted by relevant stakeholders.
- Reflect critically on the opportunities, barriers and limitations of implementing social innovation initiatives.

Credits: 6

Schedule: 13.01.2023 - 17.02.2023

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Myrto Chliova

Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation):

CEFR level (valid for whole curriculum period):

Language of instruction and studies (applies in this implementation):

Teaching language: English. Languages of study attainment: English


  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Social innovation, namely the creation of social value through innovative activities, is a topic of growing interest across organizational areas. It is being practiced increasingly by social enterprises and non-profit organizations, by small and large companies, by the public sector, and by informally organized citizen groups. Areas can include the inclusion of vulnerable or marginalized groups in society and in the workforce, the alleviation of poverty, and the creation of collective benefits for communities at large. Social innovation is nevertheless a challenging objective, as multiple tensions need to be assessed and balanced or prioritized, and legitimacy established across diverse audiences and stakeholders, in order to achieve impact. These are the issues that will be covered and practiced during this course.

    Learning methods for this course can include self-directed study, teamwork and peer work, case studies, class discussions led by the teacher and by student teams, and guest speaker sessions. Exact methods employed might vary from year to year.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Team assignments and Individual assignments 

    Also, a peer evaluation will be used to adjust individuals' grades on the team assignments, and can result in a potential adjustment of up to -1 point out of 5 of total course grade.

  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Contact hours (can include class discussions led by the teacher and by student teams, guest speaker sessions, workshops)
    Individual and team work outside the classroom


Substitutes for Courses
SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    1 No Poverty

    2 Zero Hunger

    3 Good Health and Well-being

    4 Quality Education

    5 Gender Equality

    8 Decent Work and Economic Growth

    9 Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

    10 Reduced Inequality

    16 Peace and Justice Strong Institutions

    17 Partnerships for the Goals


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    This course includes active participation in teamwork and is not designed for part-time engagement. Teams might be assigned by the teacher.

    By enrolling in this course you acknowledge that: a) you have sufficient time to dedicate to team meetings during the period when the course runs (see workload), b) you agree to be assigned into a team by the teacher and c) you agree with assessment methods as described here, including the use of a peer review.

    Teaching Language : English

    Teaching Period : 2022-2023 Spring III
    2023-2024 Spring III

    Enrollment :

    The maximum number of students admitted to the course is 60. Students are admitted to the course in the following priority order: 1) Strategic Management in a Changing World, 2) Sustainable Entrepreneurship minor students, 3) BIZ exchange students, 4) other students.

    Completion of a pre-assignment is a prerequisite for successful admission. See course homepage in MyCourses for the deadline and instructions of the pre-assignment.

    There is a requirement of a total of 80% attendance in contact sessions to pass the course.