SHEB816 Management of Social Entrepreneurship


The course aims to provide a general overview of the nature and goals до Social entrepreneurship in its capacity as an alternative еconomic model, or a model that complements and supports the social functions of the State. The economic and social benefits of various forms of Social economy are considered, i.e. as a factor for the economic independence and social empowerment of marginalised groups and disadvantaged communities. Examples of good practices and innovative forms, in a European and local level, are also provides and discussed.

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Business Studies (Joint programme with The University of York)


Asst. Prof. Radosveta Krestanova, PhD

Course Description:


1) Students will know:

• the relationship between Social entrepreneurship, Social policies and the Market;

• the main principles on which Social Economy is based;

2) Students will be able to:

• connect basic facts, phenomena, processes, actors and theories with their socio-economic, political and historical context;

• synthesise and present publicly information from various sources on course topics;

• critically comment on texts (scientific and journalistic) related to the analysis of problems;

• critically evaluate and apply their knowledge (through the real-life project).


Basic knowledge of the relationship Economy-Society-Public policies.

Basic principles of Micro and Macroeconomics.

Full-time Programmes

Types of Courses:

Language of teaching:


  1. Social Economy, Social capital and Social policies and regulations. Basics.
  2. Social Economy and Solidarity Economy. SSE between the State and the Market. Principles, values.
  3. Social entrepreneurship and Small and Medium Enterprises (SME).
  4. Cooperatives as a form of Social and Solidarity Economy. SSE and economic independence.
  5. Social entrepreneurship for disadvantaged persons and social groups.
  6. Social enterprises and Innovation. Start-ups for social change.
  7. Risk management of the Social entrepreneurship.
  8. Social entrepreneurship and Sustainable Development.
  9. Good practices of Social entrepreneurship in UE.
  10. Test


An Alternative Vision of the Economy (2021). The Social Solidarity Economy resource website:

Defourny, J. and M. Nyssens (2016). Fundamentals for an International Typology of Social Enterprise Models, ICSEM Working Papers, No. 33, Liege: The International Comparative Social Enterprise Models (ICSEM) Project.

Defourny, J., Nyssens, M. et O. Brolis (2019). Mapping and Testing Social Enterprise Models Across the World: Evidence from the "International Comparative Social Enterprise Models (ICSEM) Project, ICSEM Working Papers, No. 50, Liege: The International Comparative Social Enterprise Models (ICSEM) Project.

European Commission. (2011). Social Business Initiative, Creating a Favourable Climate for Social Enterprises, Key Stakeholders in the Social Economy and Innovation, SEC (2011) 1278 final, Brussels.