Study Abroad with MGMT 454: Social Impact & Entrepreneurship!

STUDY ABROAD* with MGMT 454: Social Impact and Entrepreneurship 

Spring 2018—Mondays, 1:30 – 4:10 pm

Dr. Lisa Gring-Pemble and Mr. Germán Perilla

Enrollment Limited to 20 Students

Wednesday, November 1, 2017
4:00-5:00 pm
Mason Innovation Lab (Enterprise Hall 278)

Join us as we collaborate with Universidad Industrial de Santander students, local beekeepers, and Colombian villagers to investigate a sustainable beekeeping business. Explore different aspects of community driven development and locally owned businesses by visiting a coffee plantation, women’s paper cooperative and brown sugar artisanal factory. Engage with the rich history, culture, and environment of Bucaramange, Socorro and Bogotá Colombia.

What is the role of business in creating meaningful social change? What are the best business models to solve social, political, and environmental challenges? What qualities, skills, resources, and experiences do leaders in enterprise need to contribute most effectively to the public good? Social entrepreneurs are well-positioned to answer such questions. This course takes a business-oriented, multidisciplinary case study abroad to the field of social innovation and enterprise. Students will collaborate with the George Mason University Honey Bee Initiative in Colombia and together with our Colombian partners, will investigate several community-owned businesses and drive sustainable, entrepreneurial beekeeping programs in ways that complement and preserve indigenous rural livelihoods.

*A Global Discovery Grant will pay a significant portion of travel costs. If you have any questions, please contact Lisa Gring-Pemble,

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