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Field Studies

MGMT 409/509s - Oregon Field Study: late July through mid-August, 2017  

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. 

Program Costs:
Program fee + $175 field trip fee
Students are responsible for travel arrangements to Portland and for accomodation. 

Credits: 4 academic credits for enrolled students, or 12 Continuing Education Units for non-enrolled community members.

 

BA 526 - Colombia Field Study: August 18 through September 2, 2017

Location: Bogotá and environs, Colombia

Faculty:

  • Dr. Ted Khoury, Associate Professor, Management & Strategy, School of Business, Portland State University
  • Jacen Greene, Director, Impact Entrepreneurs, School of Business, Portland State University

Students:
This field study is designed for graduate students, advanced undergraduates, and community members interested in social entrepreneurship and social innovation, design thinking, international development and institutions, and global commodity supply chains. The course fulfills the MBA international experience requirement and the Social Innovation Certificate practicum requirement.

Format:

  • Engage in human-centered design to develop proposed solutions to market failures and strategy problems, with a focus on commodity value chains
  • Work directly on teams with graduate students from Universidad EAN, Bogotá
  • Develop an entrepreneurial and intrapreneurial mindset and related skills
  • Gain rare firsthand perspectives on working in Latin America

Learning Outcomes:

By successfully completing this course, students will:

  1. Understand common definitions, applications, and approaches to social entrepreneurship, social intrapreneurship, and social innovation.
  2. Reflect on their own potential as changemakers as shaped by their interactions with local social entrepreneurs/intrapreneurs.
  3. Apply value chain mapping, design thinking, and business modeling to create an effective and contextually appropriate solution to a social and/or environmental problem. 
  4. Develop an appreciation for the unique culture and history of Colombia, as well as the challenges and opportunities of social entrepreneurship in Latin America.

Credits: 4 academic credits for enrolled students, or 12 Continuing Education Units for non-enrolled community members.

Past Field Studies:

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.