Top University for Social Entrepreneurship by Poets and Quants
1) Yale University’s School of Management
2) University of California-Berkeley (Haas School)
3) Stanford Graduate School of Business
4) Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management
5) Harvard Business School
6) University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business
7) Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business
8) University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School
9) Columbia University’s School of Business.
10) New York University’s Stern School of Business.
11) Case Western Reserve University’s Weatherhead School of Business
This is a pretty impressive list. I think the focus is on top academic schools (or top MBA schools which happen to have a robust social entrepreneurship course offering). I don’t think this distinguishes between types of social entrepreneurship (which is both difficult and par for the course) but important to think about for budding social entrepreneurs:
1. social business which serves the US (or developed countries like the US). For instance, those signified as a B-Corporation.
2. impact investing (and high impact philanthropy)
3. bottom of the pyramid (serving the poorest of the poor that live on $2 to $4 a day)
4. corporate social responsibility
5. green business/sustainability (either as a business or for the Fortune 1000)
6. education entrepreneurship
7. non profit sector (high impact non-profit sector and/or non-profit organizations with earned income revenue)
8. public administration/government.
9. public health
Also, at this point I should admit–ranking systems are imperfect (each person needs to bring their own needs & personality as a filter, as well as outside information about the schools for their research process–particularly given the time and money invested in graduate school). However, ranking systems are an ok indicator of faculty, mission, programs in a particular area. Note: the author of Poets and Quants doesn’t seem to have a system for ranking from what I can tell–but a general read on quality programs.
Other Heuristics to Slice and dice with:
1. Competitiveness/rank in another area as well (ie marketing, supply chain, entrepreneurship, health care management, etc..)
2. City of Choice (Boston, NYC, Austin, almost anything in California–but mostly Berkeley and Palo Alto)
3. State School or perhaps Price (Berkeley & Michigan are the only ones listed–but UT-Austin, UNC-Chapel Hill, and the University of Indiana all have decent programs–combined with specialties in multiple disciplines.)
John A Bryne does a more extensive job of investigating–qualitatively–than others might do and has interesting comparisons included. (It would be nice to know if he has connections to any of these schools–ie his alma matre for undergrad and/or B-school). The full article can be read here.