MGS590 - Nonprofit and Social Enterprise Management

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Subject Title
Nonprofit and Social Enterprise Management

Subject Description
In this course, we analyze the wide array of organizations founded upon a social mission-social enterprises, nonprofits, co-operatives, credit unions, and community development associations - all of which fall under the category of the 'social economy.' We begin by introducing students to the size, scope and importance of the social economy sector in Canada. Students will critically assess the differences between the organizations in the social economy and for profit businesses. Challenges for managing social economy organizations in several key areas will be examined, including: planning and governance, organizational design, performance measures, finance, leading and human resources management. By the end of this course, students will have a good understanding of the challenges facing managers in the social economy in Canada.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

1. Describe the scope, activity and economic impact of the nonprofit sector in Canada.

2. Explain the differences between nonprofit and for-profit organizations.

3. Evaluate potential benefits and issues concerning alliances between corporations and nonprofits.

4. Assess the impact of social enterprises and social entrepreneurship.

5. Critically evaluate the relationship between the government and the nonprofit sector.

6. Assess approaches to strategic planning.

7. Evaluate the unique legal and structural design challenges facing managers of nonprofit and social enterprises.

8. Compare the role of boards in non-profits versus for-profit companies.

9. Understand the Human Resource Management issues facing managers of nonprofit organizations.

10. Describe issues concerning the funding and financial management of non-profit organizations.

11. Critically assess how nonprofits define and measure performance.

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