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BUSA 7120 - Values Based Entrepreneurship and Developing Worker Cooperatives

Business Administration Part-time Studies Course

School of Business

Course Details

This course introduces students to the field of values based entrepreneurship and the development of worker cooperatives. Best practices of starting and growing successful values-driven ventures and workers cooperatives is explored. Values based business (works cooperatives being a subset of values driven ventures) is rapidly gaining attention around the world from entrepreneurs, investors, philanthropists, foundations, and consulting firms. This course is organized around the following interconnected ideas and objectives, ENTERPRISES- To introduce students to the broad spectrum of emerging global cooperative, social (including environmental and socially responsible) ventures through presentations by guest practitioners; ENTREPRENEURSHIP- To provide a variety of frameworks (social entrepreneurship, cooperative development, biomimicry etc.) for the design of values based ventures and the challenges unique to starting and growing them; MARKETS - To introduce students to the emerging capital market for values based ventures and cooperatives and the possible trade-offs in environmental, social and financial return expectations from different capital sources, including venture firms, and foundations; MANAGEMENT - To introduce students to the challenging and paradoxical management decisions inherent in growing managing to cooperative and multiple bottom line objectives; METRICS - To orient students in applying and critiquing models for assessing, measuring and reporting on cooperative, environmental, social and community impact.



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Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, the student will be able to:

  • Explain the fundamental processes, business models, and leadership in values based entrepreneurship.
  • Articulate, communicate, and integrate key theories and frameworks in values based entrepreneurship with practical strategic and tactical courses of action.
  • Recognize, appreciate, and assess multiple stakeholder perspectives in values based entrepreneurship.
  • Analyze, evaluate, and synthesize values based entrepreneurship opportunities.
  • Develop and defend a values based entrepreneurship business plan.

Effective as of Winter 2017

Related Programs

BUSA 7120 is offered as a part of the following programs:

School of Business

  1. Sustainable Business Leadership
    Full-time/Part-time   Advanced Certificate

School of Construction and the Environment

  1. Interior Design
    Full-time/Cooperative Education   Bachelor of Interior Design


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