About this Specialization

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You’re not just interested in making money. You’re interested in making a difference in the world too. Set your career and your business on the road to success by learning evidence-based strategies to achieve sustainable social impact: profits with purpose. This specialization was designed to give you the tools and strategies you need to create measurable social impact around the world – whether your impact goal is to create jobs, to reduce malnutrition, or to increase access to environmentally-friendly and affordable housing, or to make a positive difference in some other way. In these four courses taught by acclaimed Wharton professors, you’ll learn how to apply effective business strategies to real-world problems through a deep understanding of the global practices and trends shaping the world today. By the end of this Specialization, you’ll be able to: ● Lead, invest and make business decisions for social impact ● Analyze information about global trends to make more informed strategic business decisions ● Understand the role of corruption in societies so you can make better business decisions ● Develop, launch, test, and scale entrepreneurship projects which have high-potential of significant positive social impact
Learner Career Outcomes
45%
Started a new career after completing this specialization.
29%
Got a pay increase or promotion.
Shareable Certificate
Earn a Certificate upon completion
100% online courses
Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.
Flexible Schedule
Set and maintain flexible deadlines.
Beginner Level
Approx. 4 months to complete
Suggested 2 hours/week
English
Subtitles: English, Chinese (Simplified), Portuguese (Brazilian), Afrikaans, Chinese (Traditional)
Learner Career Outcomes
45%
Started a new career after completing this specialization.
29%
Got a pay increase or promotion.
Shareable Certificate
Earn a Certificate upon completion
100% online courses
Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.
Flexible Schedule
Set and maintain flexible deadlines.
Beginner Level
Approx. 4 months to complete
Suggested 2 hours/week
English
Subtitles: English, Chinese (Simplified), Portuguese (Brazilian), Afrikaans, Chinese (Traditional)

There are 4 Courses in this Specialization

Course1

Course 1

Global Trends for Business and Society

4.8
stars
578 ratings
159 reviews
Course2

Course 2

Corruption

4.6
stars
410 ratings
92 reviews
Course3

Course 3

Social Entrepreneurship

4.7
stars
265 ratings
49 reviews
Course4

Course 4

Business Strategies for Social Impact

4.6
stars
333 ratings
80 reviews

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  • 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).

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  • 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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