About this Specialization
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Flexible Schedule

Set and maintain flexible deadlines.

Beginner Level

Approx. 2 months to complete

Suggested 8 hours/week

English

Subtitles: English, Chinese (Simplified), Portuguese (Brazilian), Afrikaans, Chinese (Traditional)

Skills you will gain

Social Return On Investment (SROI)CorruptionSocial EntrepreneurshipSocially Responsible Investing

100% online courses

Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.

Flexible Schedule

Set and maintain flexible deadlines.

Beginner Level

Approx. 2 months to complete

Suggested 8 hours/week

English

Subtitles: English, Chinese (Simplified), Portuguese (Brazilian), Afrikaans, Chinese (Traditional)

How the Specialization Works

Take Courses

A Coursera Specialization is a series of courses that helps you master a skill. To begin, enroll in the Specialization directly, or review its courses and choose the one you'd like to start with. When you subscribe to a course that is part of a Specialization, you’re automatically subscribed to the full Specialization. It’s okay to complete just one course — you can pause your learning or end your subscription at any time. Visit your learner dashboard to track your course enrollments and your progress.

Hands-on Project

Every Specialization includes a hands-on project. You'll need to successfully finish the project(s) to complete the Specialization and earn your certificate. If the Specialization includes a separate course for the hands-on project, you'll need to finish each of the other courses before you can start it.

Earn a Certificate

When you finish every course and complete the hands-on project, you'll earn a Certificate that you can share with prospective employers and your professional network.

how it works

There are 4 Courses in this Specialization

Course1

Global Trends for Business and Society

4.8
251 ratings
64 reviews
Course2

Corruption

4.6
323 ratings
74 reviews
Course3

Social Entrepreneurship

4.6
148 ratings
26 reviews
Course4

Business Strategies for Social Impact

4.6
160 ratings
34 reviews

Instructors

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Christopher Geczy

Adjunct Professor of Finance
Finance
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James D. Thompson

Director, Wharton Social Entrepreneurship Program
Entrepreneurship
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Philip Nichols

Professor of Legal Studies and Business Ethics
The Wharton School
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Ian "Mac" MacMillan

Dhirubhai Ambani Professor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Management
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Mauro Guillen

Professor of International Management
Director of the Lauder Institute of Management and International Studies
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Katherine Klein

Edward H. Bowman Professor of Management
The Wharton School

About University of Pennsylvania

The University of Pennsylvania (commonly referred to as Penn) is a private university, located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. A member of the Ivy League, Penn is the fourth-oldest institution of higher education in the United States, and considers itself to be the first university in the United States with both undergraduate and graduate studies. ...

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Yes! To get started, click the course card that interests you and enroll. You can enroll and complete the course to earn a shareable certificate, or you can audit it to view the course materials for free. When you subscribe to a course that is part of a Specialization, you’re automatically subscribed to the full Specialization. Visit your learner dashboard to track your progress.

  • This course is completely online, so there’s no need to show up to a classroom in person. You can access your lectures, readings and assignments anytime and anywhere via the web or your mobile device.

  • Time to completion will vary based on your schedule, but we anticipate most learners being able to finish the material in 6 months.

  • No specific background is required—this Specialization is ideal for employees, entrepreneurs, managers, consultants, or anyone who has an interest in business and social impact.

  • Although you can take the courses in this Specialization in any order, we do recommend that you follow the suggested sequence of courses (Global Trends for Business and Society, Corruption, Social Entrepreneurship, and Business Strategies for Social Impact).

  • Coursera courses and certificates don't carry university credit, though some universities may choose to accept Specialization Certificates for credit. Check with your institution to learn more.

  • By the end of this Specialization, you’ll know how to lead, invest and make business decisions for social impact, analyze information about global trends and corruption to make more informed strategic business decisions, and develop, launch, test, and scale entrepreneurship projects which have high-potential of positive social impact. Through your deeper understanding of the connection between businesses and the world, you'll be able to create business strategies that drive positive social change.

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