Business and management studies

Non-Profit Management and Social Entrepreneurship

Module code: N1597
Level 6
15 credits in autumn teaching
Teaching method: Lecture, Seminar
Assessment modes: Coursework, Unseen examination

In this module, you are introduced to management and organisation in the non-profit sector.

You examine the diversity of the non-profit sectors and types of organisations (e.g. foundations, non-governmental organisations, and social enterprises) across different countries and institutional settings - in a comparative and international perspective.

Your studies in this module draw on research, policy and practice to critically explore the management challenges of non-profit organisations and new ventures, and the relation between non-profit, public and business sectors, and civil society.

In the module, you discuss key theoretical perspectives and approaches of how non-profit organisations operate and are managed. You also explore how to utilise social entrepreneurship to generate social change and impact through the creation of new ventures and mobilisation of resources across organisation and sector boundaries.

You cover key issues in starting, growing, leading, managing, and governing non-profit organisations and new non-profit ventures.

Your major topics in this module include:

  • governance and accountability
  • strategy and strategic planning
  • non-profit financing and financial management
  • leadership and managing people
  • volunteering and civic engagement
  • alliances and networks
  • venturing and impact
  • technology and new media.

Module learning outcomes

  • Demonstrate a detailed knowledge and understanding of concepts, theories and approaches to non-profit management and organization.
  • Make appropriate use of frameworks, methods and tools to analyse different types of non-profit organizations.
  • Explain and apply social entrepreneurship theories and methods.
  • Critically explore the relation between non-profit organizations and social entrepreneurship.