BMT550 - Management for Non-Profit & Social Enterprises

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Subject Title
Management for Non-Profit & Social Enterprises

Subject Description
This course will introduce management students to the size, scope and importance of the non-profit, third pillar or sector in Canada. Students will assess the role and impact of organizations such as cooperatives, cultural and advocacy groups, and social enterprises. Students will analyze differences between non-profits and private sector companies in the areas of management such as strategic planning and governance, organization design, performance measures, finance, and human resources management (HRM). Social innovation as a means to engage with social problems will be examined in the local, national and global context.

Credit Status
One degree level credit.

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

  1. Describe the scope, activity and economic impact of the non-profit sector in Canada.
  2. Explain the differences between non-profit and for-profit organizations.
  3. Evaluate potential benefits and issues concerning alliances between corporations and non-profits.
  4. Assess the impact of social enterprises and social entrepreneurship.
  5. Critically evaluate the relationship between the government and the non-profit sector.
  6. Assess approaches to strategic planning.
  7. Evaluate the unique legal and structural challenges facing managers of non-profit and social enterprises.
  8. Compare the role of boards in non-profits versus for-profit companies.
  9. Understand the HRM issues facing managers of non-profit organizations.
  10. Describe issues concerning the funding and financial management of non-profit organizations.
  11. Critically assess how non-profits define and measure performance.
  12. Understand the power of social innovation in solving local, national and global social problems.

Essential Employability Skills
Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.

Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.

Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.

Locate, select, organize, and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.

Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.

Show respect for diverse opinions, values, belief systems, and contributions of others.

Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

Academic Integrity
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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Accessibility Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.