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About the Course

In this course, developed at the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia and taught by top-ranked faculty, we will be discussing the emergence of a new story about business. This new story locates business within a societal framework. Almost every business creates or destroys value for customers, suppliers, employees, communities and society, in addition to shareholders and other financiers. A number of new models of business can be built on this idea such as corporate responsibility, philanthropy, shared value and sustainability. Profits and stakeholder value go together, and this course explains how. The final session explores the idea of how to become a stakeholder entrepreneur and create a business that makes money and makes the world a better place....

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May 4, 2020

Nice Course..The way of delivering and passion of the professor for inspiring students is excellence..\n\nit helps me to think in a better way about business & Got lot of Insights ...Thank u Professor

May 7, 2020

It was nice to know different ways through which a potential entrepreneur can contribute to the society. I really liked the way Prof. Edward Freeman explained by giving numerous examples. Thank you!

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By Ayush D

May 5, 2020

It's an excellent course, delving into the very foundation of building a business that not only has to be a money-making machine but has a real purpose to create a difference in society and become sustainable following its value creation process.

By Mary S R

Jul 25, 2020

It was really nice, inspirational, and words alone can't express how happy I am to have learned this course. There were new insights about capitalism that I learned and everything was substantial. Kudos to the professor and the team behind this!

By Rashane C C D

Jul 31, 2020

This course enlightened me a lot in terms of how I can start doing business that is driven by purpose and by passion. It has definitely helped in building a fire in me that pushes me to do it now and to do it for me and for everyone around me.

By Piyushkumar S P

Jun 5, 2020

This course is fantastic. Professor R.Edward Freeman presented a model few decades back is now gradually followed by more and more companies. This will continue evolve even more. Thanks Coursera to provide such a great course on your platform.

By Joshua P A

Jan 13, 2020

This course really open my mind that business is not really how it looks like.. Through business, there are a lot of things that impacted, but not really focused before.. I hope a lot more people will have their mind opened through this course

By Bilal F

Apr 27, 2020

Excellent course. Professor Freeman is a visionary and I would love to learn more from him. I have gained great insight into how I can make my business better for all stakeholders and turn it into a positive force for good for my community.

By Luisa M

Jul 1, 2020

Thank you so much, i learned a lot regarding business, entrepreneurship and corporate social responsability. I recommend this course to those who would like to learn about this subjects and get some examples and ideas for entrepreneurship.

By Alex G

May 26, 2020

The ideas aren't terribly new (at least if you've studied something like Economic Anthropology that tries to separate business from a strictly economic model), but the delivery is compelling and engaging. Great ideas excellently presented.

By Liau C Z

May 23, 2020

Course was enlightening. I learned a lot about the roles businesses can play in society, organisational culture and leadership. Professor was excellent. Very passionate. I appreciate him sharing his experiences with top company executives.

By francesca c

May 7, 2020

Truly inspiring. All the lessons are clear and easy to follow, the Profess is visibly passionate about the topic, and makes it easy for students to feel the same way. Would totally recommend it to anyone who believes in business for good!


May 1, 2020

I simply loved this course and the way Sir R. Edward Freeman taught made each concept look so simple and amazingly engaging. It would be my privilege to receive his guidance in the future as well. Thank you, Coursera for this opportunity.

By Navaneethkrishnan N

Apr 9, 2020

A course that really brought awareness to how better to do business. It has equipped me to look at alternatives without necessarily bringing in tradeoffs but ensuring a win-all situation Is possible - we just need to look for the synergy.

By Aghede p

Mar 9, 2021

I am honoured to be one of the candidates to study this course from a great university,.I learnt new model of business approach to our modern will help me with the challenges faced by current challenges face by business owners

By Ana A

Aug 12, 2020

Very inspiring. Now, I'm going to make my dream as an entrepreneur come true, create value for others, and make the world a better place. Thank you so much, Prof. R. Edward Freeman and University of Virginia Darden School of Business.

By Riti N

May 12, 2020

The course started fairly lightly and inspired me greatly. The module is very inspiring as well as relevant especially for potential entrepreneurs. It can give a new and broader perspective to redefine and strategize business modules.


May 7, 2020

The societal impact of a business gave me total different outlook to the business. How it can bring a change in the society, in the environment etc. Also it provided me with the tools to better understand the motive of doing business.

By Vasconcelos

Jul 13, 2020

I had a problem to figure out what I should do to start a business, fortunately taking this course I understood what I must do, and how to be an entrepreneur and make the society better with my business. this was an awesome course.

By Chamath L K

May 10, 2020

Really interesting course and expressing the details very clearly. The facts that learnt from this course is touching and realistic. Trying my best to get these learning to my life. thank you very much for this wonderful experience.

By Karthik O

May 16, 2020

This course totally aligned with my intentions for getting into business, i.e "Making this world a better place". and in fact, the interviews with the top CEOs of companies following these principles added a lot of fun. Thank you.

By Aakash L

Oct 4, 2015

Totally Engaging- absorbed great insights on the different facets of conscious capitalism in business. Course also has a vibrant discussion forum where you get an opportunity to discuss course related issues with fellow candidates.

By Lawrence B

Jul 19, 2020

It is a very informative and inspirational course. As I continue down the lectures, I see new paths and possibilities along with questions that I ask myself that can help me in order to achieve my goals. Worth the time and energy.

By Roberto C

Jul 18, 2020

I liked very much this course.

Professor Freeman has a passion to teach and was able to create great emphathy about a new idea of business.

If he is right (and I hop he is), new models of business can make the world a better place.

By Loke R K

Jun 5, 2020

I started off with zero knowledge about business and I must say this course definitely answered my questions about how business works in today's society and increased my curiousity towards business that I want to learn more of it.

By Okeke A

May 7, 2020

The class was a real blessing. An Astute, Wonderful and experienced lecture he is. I would surely live to enroll in more of your classes. You're the best. And, thanks alot Coursera and University of Virginia for this opportunity.

By Ark F

Sep 22, 2015

Great stuff! I always thought about this and tried to do business this way. Now I am glad to find out that actually many people and smart people do the same. I am so glad! I really recommend you this short and interesting course!