Managing for Social Impact and the Public Good

Managing for Social Impact and the Public Good Co-Concentration

The Managing for Social Impact and the Public Good co-concentration is jointly sponsored by the Business Law and Society, Information Systems and Marketing departments. It is designed to be a second concentration for Carroll School of Management undergraduate students, who must first choose a primary concentration such as Accounting, Finance, Information Systems, Management & Leadership, Marketing, or Operations Management.

Managing for Social Impact and the Public Good aims to provide Carroll School students with a well-defined, interdisciplinary co-concentration focused on analyzing the multifaceted impacts of today’s global corporations and understanding the personal and professional challenges of managing organizations to foster sustainability and the public good.

In successfully completing this co-concentration, students will:

  • Develop a theoretical and practical understanding of the extended social impacts of global corporations and why responsible enterprise values and the public good are relevant for all stakeholders
  • Learn to apply research and critical thinking to understand the challenges, benefits and current practices in Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Explore the philosophical, ethical, legal, economic and ecological implications of the decisions made by corporate and public sector global leaders through case studies, readings and class discussions
  • Understand the challenges, available tools and innovative models for measuring social impacts and balancing stakeholder value in a variety of corporate, nonprofit and public sector organizations
  • Develop and articulate a personal vision for integrating moral decision-making, social justice, citizenship and responsible management in their future professional lives

Course Requirements

This co-concentration requires 4 courses (representing at least 12 credits), 2 of which are required and 2 of which are electives. In accordance with the interdisciplinary nature of Managing for Social Impact and the Public Good, students in this co-concentration will select their 2 electives from a list of courses jointly approved by the Carroll School of Management and participating departments in the Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences. The MCAS elective courses taken for credit toward completing this co-concentration cannot be counted toward fullfilling other concentration, minor, or core requirements.

The following two Carroll School courses are required:

ISYS3345 Managing for Social Impact (fall/spring)
BSLW6001 Leading for Social Impact  (spring of senior year)

In addition, students must take two approved elective courses outside the Carroll School (for a total of at least 6 credits). See the list of approved electives.

Declaring the Co-Concentration

Students interested in the co-concentration can declare it at the undergraduate dean's office after filling out the interest form below. Students must declare the co-concentration by October 15 of their junior year. After that date we cannot guarantee a spot in the required foundation course. 

Submit an Interest Form

For questions about the Managing for Social Impact co-concentration, contact Professor of Information Systems, Mary Cronin.