Entrepreneurship in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia



Dipika Prasad

JANUARY 14, 2011

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These five social entrepreneurship programs at top schools around the world are empowering people with skills to bring about market-led development.

Harvard Business School’s Social Enterprise Initiative, USA

Harvard’s holistic approach includes five annual Executive Education Programs (EEP), imbibing elements of social enterprise in the MBA program and the off-campus, field-based Immersion Experience Program (IXP).  The EEPs are typically held during the summer, with durations ranging from one week to a few months, at a minimum cost of US$3400.  Interestingly, the IXP fellows working in India focused on Healthcare Delivery opportunities in 2010.

Stanford Graduate School of Business’s Executive Program in Social

The program covers issues of relevance such as tapping the social capital market, balancing social and economic value, blending non-profit and for-profit legal forms, and creating effective cross-sector partnerships among others.  It also incorporates research from Stanford’s Center for Social Innovation. The program typically starts in the month of June, and the fee structure ranges from US$4000-US$8400 on a sliding scale.

INSEAD’s Social Entrepreneurship Executive Education, France

INSEAD’s executive course in France and Singapore is a five-day program: this is a good choice for those pressed for time. It consists of classroom lectures, live case studies, and analysis of current trends. The course content is driven in partnership with the Ashoka Foundation, Schwab Foundation for Social Enterprise and UnLtd. It is held in November and costs US$3758.


Graduate School of Business (GSB), University of Cape Town, South Africa

The only African School present on FT’s global business school rankings, GSB offers an MBA curriculum that focuses on understanding emerging market economies and social entrepreneurship as a tool to bring about development in these economies. The one-year MBA starts in January and costs US$18,757 for African residents and US$43,191 for non-African residents.


Tata Institute of Social Sciences, MA in Social Entrepreneurship, India

The contents of the program cover an overview of the business, finance, economics, society, ethics, innovation, entrepreneurship, profit making and non-profit making organizations and their structures, decision making and management, leadership development, and linkages with stakeholders. The course starts in the month of June every year, and costs US$2867 with accommodation and US$1343 without.



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