Sten K. Johnson Centre for Entrepreneurship

Lund University School of Economics and Management

ENTA80 (SASE21) Social Innovation: a strategy for sustainability

Technical innovations alone have proven to be insufficient to address the pressing challenges of today such as climate change, resource depletion, economic deprivation, poverty alleviation, increased migration and improved life quality. Therefore non-technical innovations are also required to enable transitions to more sustainable solutions. Social innovations include new solutions (products, services, models, markets, processes etc.) that simultaneously meet a social need (more efficiently and effectively than existing solutions) and lead to new or improved capabilities, assets and/or relationships.

Based on academic research on social innovation, the objective of the course is to provide students with knowledge of how to explore and evaluate social innovations in theory and practice. The course will also explain and provide examples on how to transfer academic knowledge into practice in uncertain environments and how to initiate and carry out teamwork.

The first part of the course contains introduction to the broad academic field of social innovations. In this part the students will learn about the broad multi disciplinary field of social innovations including an introduction to important key concepts in social innovations The second part of the course contains application of methods for discovering and evaluating social innovations. The third part contains the initiation of, and carrying out group assignment/project in their practice of social innovations. In this part the students are working in teams during the course. Here they will practice group assignment/project and how it affects the creation of social innovations.

“The best thing about the course is the diversity” says Rebecca Dippon who’s been working on a project called ‘NLighten’ together with Martin Molin, Camille Drouin, Christie Collins, Florine Dubaut and Markus Rankka. NLighten is program on how to deal with mental health issues in schools. “We need to get better at addressing mental health issues and learn how to deal with for example a classmate or a friend going through a depression” adds Camille Drouin.

“The course gives you a great understanding of social and environmental issues. The mixture of case studies, involvement of accelerator programs and different teachers is really great!” says Jefferey Kieffer who’s been working on a project called ‘Airbnbible’ together with Natalie Langemar. Airbnbible is a travel guide with tourist information on how to act and behave when visiting new countries and cities. 

The course is conducted in collaboration with The School of Business and Management, The School of Social Work and the Social Impact Accelerator SoPact.
Prerequisits: 30 ECTS
Level: Undergraduate
Credits: 7,5
Language of instruction: English
ENTA80 class of 2017

More information

The course syllabus and more information can be found in live@lund.

Caroline Wigren
Associate professor, senior lecturer
Phone: +46 46 222 04 00
Room: Alfa1:1079

Caroline Wigren

Student Quotes

“I gained a new perspective, not only on business but kind of on leading my life, I think that this course has offered me different ideas of how I can integrate social policies into my business career.”
“I would say to take it, because it applies to so many different disciplines, like we have people here studying engineering, and business, and psychology - that it is widely applicable to anything that you want to do.”
Emily Sacks, USA, Business student
"Usually when you talk about innovation it is only about the big new technologies, but seldom we talk about how we can have social added value through innovation.” 
Jonas Maeser, Germany, student in Economics
“The guest lecturers were really interesting. Learning about just small start ups and social innovations, local and global, that you wouldn’t come in contact with otherwise was really interesting. It was inspirational."
Anja Svensson, USA/Sweden, Pschycology student
“I knew stuff, but not I concise and very organized manner. Now I actually know it, how the funding is, how there is a lot of help available, which I didn’t know very well before.
Salmon Shaikh, Australia, Master´s sustainability practice