• Application Deadline
  • 5 days
    Duration
  • Tuition
    575
    Tuition (Full programme)
    575
    Tuition (Full programme)
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  • Overview
  • Programme outline
  • Key facts
  • Admission requirements
  • Fees and funding

About

Global trends such as migration and climate change, and local challenges such as poverty, social exclusion, injustice and the changing role of governments in our society stimulate the increase in private action for solutions to these global and local (glocal) challenges. Within this development, academia and practitioners alike increasingly realize that collaboration between private actors (Business & NGOs) is necessary and that this is force for positive change in our (global) society. Therefore, we need to increase our understanding of businesses that step into local, glocal and global social issues, what the dynamics are within nonprofits now private action is increasingly called upon and government spending on some social issues are decreasing. Moreover, we need a better understanding of the potential of business-nonprofit collaboration as a force for positive change.

In this course, we address these three perspectives on being a force for positive change: 1) business, 2) NGO and 3) the collaboration. Next to theoretical conceptualizations and theories to better understand the actors involved (in) and business-nonprofit collaboration, the instruments that are being used to organize this collaboration and the benefits and challenges of such collaborations for all actors involved, we discuss and experience the actual practices in the Netherlands. We do so by involving local, national and international NGOs and businesses as hosts of our fieldtrips and invite them as guestspeakers. We ask the students to actively participate in this one-week program, but also write a short essay on a case of their own interest.
Learning outcomes

After completing this Business-Nonprofit Collaboration: a Force for Positive Change course at Erasmus University Rotterdam, the student will have a deep understanding of business-nonprofit collaboration from both the perspective of NGO's and businesses in terms of theory and practice. In addition, the students have developed a better understanding of the complexity of business-nonprofit collaboration, how to work with each of these actors, and to set up such initiatives. By writing a strategy paper for an organization of their own interest, students learn that setting up these initiatives is a real profession that requires interdisciplinary knowledge and skills.

Partners involved during the summer course
We organize field trips and guest lectures with the following organizations: Jarige Job Foundation, ING Nederland Foundation, Nuon Foundation, Alliander Foundation, KPMG, Vebego Foundation, ANWB, Ricoh, IBM, Rijksmuseum, KPN Mooiste Contactfonds

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Full-time duration 5 days
  • Study intensity Full-time
  • Credits
    2 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • Partnership
    Joint
  • Entry Level
    Bachelor
  • More information Go To The Course Website

Programme Structure

Course content
In this course, we address business-nonprofit collaboration as a force for positive change in our society. The course will discuss the perspectives of 1) businesses, 2) NGOs and 3) the business-nonprofit collaboration. The basis of the course is to discuss theoretical conceptualizations and theories to better understand the actors involved (in) and business-nonprofit collaboration, the instruments that are being used to organize this collaboration and the benefits and challenges of such collaborations for all actors involved. To deepen our understanding of the complexity in practice, we discuss and experience the actual practices in the Netherlands. We do so by organizing fieldtrips to NGOs and (multinational) companies, and invite guestspeakers from the field. We present state of the art insights from both academia and practice in solutions for the underlying societal issues. We have field trips to business, corporate foundations and NGOs and have guestspeakers from the field. Among others, main course topics are: 1) conceptual foundations/theories in understanding business-nonprofit collaboration, 2) employee engagement in business-nonprofit collaboration, 3) Management, strategy and leadership (both from NGO and business perspective). After completing this course, the students have developed a better understanding of the complexity of business-nonprofit collaboration, how to work with each of these actors, and to set up such initiatives.
Course design
We offer an interactive course, both in terms of discussions during class and involving/interacting with the actual field in the Netherlands. We will have 5 formal lectures, 2-3 guestlectures and 2-3 fieldtrips. These sessions will form the basis and guide to write the strategy paper that students have to hand in to be able to complete the course. We ask the students to write a paper in which they develop a strategy for a business to start collaborating with NGOs or vice versa. The organization can be chosen by the students themselves, depending on their own interest. The paper is due one week after completing the sessions, on 17 July 2017. We include drinks and lunch during the entire course and transportation to the field trips.

Audience

Students from business & management, public administration, international relations, anthropology, sociology, economics, social work.

Academic Requirements

All courses require a motivation letter and CV upload.

Tuition Fee Per Full Programme

  • EUR 575 International
  • EUR 575 EU/EEA
  • course + course materials

Funding

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