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OAFP 5105 - From Social Affairs to Social Business : how entrepreneurs are regenerating social welfare

Type d'enseignement : Seminar

Semester : Spring 2017-2018

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English



Course Description

Understanding social welfare issues and their transformation is key to future leaders in public and business sectors. By covering the main social risks, enriched by the impact of the digital economy, this lecture aims at giving tools to understand major social care contemporary issues, their trends and the related problems to evaluate the innovative answers proposed by social entrepreneurs who want to transcend the traditional execution model of welfare state. A balanced approach will drive the lecture thanks to an alternance between: - debate and key insights to understand WHY Social Protection fields (Health, Aging, Employment, Family, Housing and Social inclusion) must be regenerated ; - and problem solving session to identify HOW new technologies contribution and business good sense can allow each of you to find your entrepreneur spirit's voice!


  • HEISSAT, Pierre-Jean (Consultant Senior)
  • HEMERY, Laurent (Administrateur Civil)

Pedagogical format

The first sessions will be focusing on bringing the theoretical, conceptual and methodological content to capture the deep crisis of the welfare state previously to identify the natural locus from which social entrepreneurship has a legitimate to expand. In a second phase, the lecture will alternate debates and reviews of existing innovative enterprises in the field of social care. In the third part, lessons will focus on pitch presentations.

Course validation

1. Group exercise (50%): Debate between pros and cons regeneration imperative in the different fields of social welfare. 2. Individual paper (40%): innovative business concept pitching session. 3. Oral participation (10%).


Beside the evaluation works, for each session, the students will have to: - Prepare the debates to be able to interact even if they are not evaluated (a list of readings will be given in advance). - Produce insights or notices profiling existing innovative enterprises.

Required reading

  • Yunus, M. 2007. Creating a World without Poverty: Social Business and the Future of Capitalism. New York: Public Affairs
  • The Economist. 2008. Doing Good by Doing Very Nicely Indeed
  • United Nations, 2006, Social Justice in an Open World: The Role of the United Nation
  • Fondation Jean Jaurès, 2016. La nouvelle question sociale