Social entrepreneurship is defined as an "innovative, social value-creating activity that can occur within or across the nonprofit, business, or government sector[1]   Another author describes social entrepreneurs as "change agents in the social sector.[2]

In order to be a successful social change agent, it is not enough to be innovative or to have good ideas. In addition to having a good strategy one must have the ability to mobilize support from other individuals and organizations in order to implement one's strategies. This calls for social skills or competencies in influencing and inspiring others both within and outside the entrepreneur's organization. This course is based on the principles of psychology, sociology, and social-psychology which will enable you to understand the dynamics of power and politics in your environment and effectively use strategies to get things done through the support of other people.

In his Pulitzer Prize winning work, Leadership, James MacGegor Burns (1978, p. 4) described the task of a transformational leader in the following words:

"The transforming leader recognizes and exploits and existing need or demand of a potential follower. But, beyond that, the transforming leader looks for potential motives in followers, seeks to satisfy higher needs, and engages the full person of the follower. The result of transforming leadership is a relationship of mutual stimulation and elevation that converts followers into leaders and may convert leaders into moral agents.”



[1] Wei-Skillern, J., Austin, J. E., Loenard, H., & Stevenson, H. (2007). Entrepreneurship in the social sector. Sage, p.4.

[2] Dees, J. G. (2001). The meaning of "Social Entrepreneurship.”