Learning by doing: consulting social entrepreneursOrganization logo: Erasmus University Rotterdam

About this minor

Instead of working with fictitious cases, you will be working with real, existing organizations . Work as consultants to social entrepreneurs and non-profit organizations. Working with real, existing organizations, will allow you to apply the knowledge that you have gained thus far to a real-life situation. In addition, the work you will be doing is intended to benefit both your client organization and the larger community. Interesting cases are pre-selected by the instructors, but we are open for any suggestions from students.

The course focuses on drawing connections between literature and practice, based on the philosophy of experiential or service learning. Experiential learning is a credit-bearing educational experience in which students in this course consult to social entrepreneurs in an organized service activity that meets identified community needs and reflects on the service activity in such a way as to gain further understanding of course content, a broader appreciation of the discipline, and an enhanced sense of civic responsibility (Bringle & Hatcher, 1996).

You will design and execute a consulting project with an organization in order to resolve one or more concrete problems. This project will provide insight into a number of issues relating to management, including entrepreneurship, the non-profit sector and interaction between market, governments and civil society and trends within the community. You will also develop your consultancy skills while having the experience of working for a real organization as part of a team of consultants. You will also make an active contribution to your client organization (and the community) in the form of doing actual research and making valuable recommendations.

Learning outcomes

  1. become familiar with important issues and theories involving consultancy, social entrepreneurship, and the non-profit sector;
  2. develop skills in the application of theoretical concepts to real-life situations;
  3. gain experience with actual issues that arise in the course of a consultancy project;
  4. be guided through: your first meeting with the client, how to write a consultancy contract and report, the actual process of consultancy, and how to present your recommendations to your client;
  5. gain experience in finding, evaluating and applying relevant literature to the specific situation of a client organization;
  6. develop and strengthen your creativity, teamwork, project, communication, research, writing, intervision, and presentation skills.

Teaching method and examination

Teaching methods
A mixture of lectures, intervision- and feedback sessions that start with your experiences with the actual clients in the field. In addition, we provide several workshops on skills that are important for consultants: writing, presenting, and creative thinking.

Teaching materials
A reading list will be developed based upon the need in the actual projects (and provided on Canvas).

Method of examination

  1. Individual assignment
  2. Individual lecture/seminar preparation
  3. Group assignment
  4. Group presentation

We expect the students to hand in several assignments.

To build up to the final report, students work on several project and process components throughout the course (project components, however, will not be graded, only the final report will receive a grade. Project components include a company profile, client contract, literature review and research methodology). Please be advised that the final report is not just bringing the components together.

Only the individual assignments can be re-taken.

Note that all partial grades are only valid for the current academic year. In order to pass the course a score of 5.5 is required for the final grade. In order to obtain a final grade you need to score at least 4.5 for the individual consultancy assignment and a pass for the group presentation.

Composition final grade
The grade is built upon the following components:

  1. Individual assignment
  2. Individual lecture/seminar preparation
  3. Group assignment
  4. Group presentation

Good to know

There is no study specific background needed for this course. We highly encourage students of different disciplines to take part in this course. An interest in, or experience with (business) administration and (project) management is suggested. We will provide additional literature resources for students with non-business background.

Please note that working with social organizations might require availability outside of ‘regular’ course hours.

All lectures are mandatory, in case a student misses a class a replacement assignment must be made.

Additional information

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  • Credits
    ECTS 15
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  • Start date

    4 september 2023

    • Ends
      10 november 2023
    • Term *
      Block MINOR
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      1 Jun, 13:00 - 14 Jul 2023
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