Stewardship, Innovation, and Social Entrepreneurship

Naturalist ranger Mara Meisel interacts with EMU MBA students in last summer’s class on “Stewardship, Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship” at Big Meadows in Shenandoah National Park.

This course is usually offered in June of each academic year.

Instructor: Anthony Smith, Ph.D.

Organizations, and people who manage them, shape our world. Those who understand and master innovation, stewardship and social entrepreneurship increase their effectiveness as civic and business leaders and as leaders in their own chosen field. Course objectives include a) developing and applying a strategic framework for stewardship design principles in organizations and organizational domains, building on systems theory and patterns in natural ecologies; b) increasing theoretical and practical understanding of the sources and types of innovation, and in co-designing, influencing and leading sustainable innovation; and c) developing an understanding of social entrepreneurship (SE) and how corporations, public agencies, and nonprofit organizations apply SE strategies to more effectively achieve their missions and objectives. The course includes a combination of field trips, classroom and online discussion, and case studies focusing on systems approaches to stewardship, innovation, and social entrepreneurship.

Download the most recent course syllabus.

About the EMU MBA program

EMU offers an MBA focused on the common good and based on Christian values of stewardship, sustainability, ethics, integrity, justice, social entrepreneurship and multi-cultural perspectives. Students develop collaborative leadership and management skills through experiential learning, mentored by faculty with international and industry experience.

The EMU MBA focuses on increasing leadership strengths, building management skills, and developing stewardship strategies.