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Social Entrepreneurship

Davis Smith
Wharton MBA ’11/ G’11

Davis Smith’s inspiration for becoming an entrepreneur was always to have a positive impact on the less fortunate. He founded Baby.com.br, Brazil’s leading baby care e-commerce site, while still a Wharton student. He then founded founded Cotopaxi, an “outdoor gear brand with a social mission.”

In the wide spectrum of consulting services offered by top firms, graduates with experience in entrepreneurial solutions will have an edge. These suggested courses offer students an opportunity to learn how to capitalize on innovations, to harness technologies, and to learn from the successes and failures of new ventures.

MGMT 731 Technology Strategy (0.5 cu)

The course provides concepts and frameworks to help understand the interaction among firm strategies, technologies, and markets. Students explore how technical innovation creates value, learn how to entrepreneurially capture value, and understand how to deliver that value. Taught by Rahul Kapoor whose research focuses on how firms organize innovation and manage technological and industry-level changes.

MGMT 802 Innovation, Change, and Entrepreneurship (0.5 cu)

In this course, students will discuss the theory underpinning innovation, use tools to develop an innovation project, and work on a project development team. Taught by Ian MacMillan, Dhirubhai Ambani Professor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship and co-author of The Social Entrepreneur’s Playbook. (Read an interview with him here.)

MGMT 833 Strategies and Practices of Family Controlled Companies (1.0 cu)

This course will help you understand unique characteristics of family businesses, particularly strategies for addressing a range of management issues. Taught by Lecturer Bill Alexander, who is a third generation principal and CEO of a large construction entity.

MKTG 890 Global Consulting Practicum (up to 1.0 cu)

The GCP is a unique program that pairs teams of Wharton MBA students and faculty with teams from partner universities to consult with a client company interested in entering or expanding its position in the world market. The goal of the program is two-fold: to provide exceptional learning value to the students and innovative, strategically sound, fact based, operational plans which add substantial value to clients.

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“Wharton’s curriculum is very flexible in that it gives you the chance to find as much alignment as possible between your classes and your startup.”

– Betty Hsu WG’14,
  Founder of ProfessorWord

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“Wharton gave me the opportunity to think creatively and to take two years of my life to explore what entrepreneurship means concretely, not just a theoretical idea of it, but what it really means to start a business and struggle with the day to day issues as well as the larger strategy issues.”
– Frank Brodie M’14/WG’14,
  Co-founder of Maculens and PhaseOptics