Field Studies

MGMT 409/509s - Oregon Field Study

Examine the history, culture, and economic development of four distinct regions and communities along the Columbia River—Astoria, Cascade Locks, Pendleton, and North Portland—through the lenses of social justice, environmental sustainability, and public-private sector economic interactions.

Dates: Fridays and Saturdays from June 25 - July 22, with online participation and assignments between site visit days. 

Location: Departures from Portland Metro area to various locations in Oregon. The Oregon field study will showcase innovative companies and nonprofits with local impact and global reach. Class sessions are all day Friday and Saturday during the course period. 

Faculty: Jacen Greene, Director, Impact Entrepreneurs, School of Business, Portland State University

Summary:
The Oregon Field Study will examine the history, culture, and economic development of four distinct regions and communities along the Columbia River—Astoria, Cascade Locks, Pendleton, and North Portland—through the lenses of social justice, environmental sustainability, and public-private sector economic interactions. Students will interact directly with business, nonprofit, social enterprise, community, and government leaders through site visits and guest lectures as they learn how policy, business, culture, and environment interact to shape Oregon communities. 

Registration: 
Course registration information is available here
Contact impactentrepreneurs@pdx.edu with questions


 

BA 526 - Social Innovation Field Study in Bogotá 

Develop entrepreneurial leadership skills while exploring the history and culture of Colombia, emphasizing the role of social innovation in a time of rapid development and change.

Dates: Pre-departure work: July 15 - August 20, 2018
In Colombia: August 20 - August 31, 2018

Location: Bogotá and environs, Colombia

Faculty: Dr. Ted Khoury, Associate Professor, Management & Strategy, School of Business, Portland State University

Summary: Students in the Portland State University Social Innovation Field Study in Colombia will gain first-hand experience working alongside social entrepreneurs while exploring challenges and opportunities for social innovation. Through virtual pre-departure readings and meetings, and a two-week, on-the-ground program, students will develop a deeper understanding of Colombian culture, history, and sociopolitical change by exploring the challenges and opportunities for social entrepreneurship in context. The program is co-hosted by leading Colombian business, public, and social impact organizations, including Universidad EAN and Mercy Corps, and culminates with student presentations for Colombian dignitaries and decision-makers.

MORE INFORMATION AND REGISTRATION 


 

Past Field Studies:

See photos from the 2017 field studies in COLOMBIA >>

Read the summary and blog for our 2015 field studies in PORTLAND, OR >>

Read the student blog for our 2013 & 2014 field studies in CAMBODIA >>

Read the student blog for our 2012 field study in INDIA >>

 

"This is how social entrepreneurship begins: with the realization that your presence could create change, no matter how small the scale."

--Melissa Loney, PSU MBA '15.