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MSc in Management Grande Ecole Program

Here after are some examples of the courses that students can choose during their studies at HEC Paris regardless of their specialization:

Academy Entrepreneurs of Change

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The Academy Entrepreneurs of Change  has been developed for students wishing to explore innovative business models reconciling economic performance and positive impact on society.

Thanks to meetings with social entrepreneurs, a field immersion in the reality of these businesses, and the theoretical and methodological contribution of the Academy, students will:

  • Discover the different forms of enterprises that aim to provide effective and sustainable responses to current social and environmental issues;
  • Question these models, understand the issues, difficulties and dilemmas faced by these entrepreneurs to combine economic efficiency and social impact;
  • Develop their entrepreneurial tool box for change: social business plan, market study, social impact measurement, innovative financing;
  • Acquire the method and practice of the consulting process: listening and understanding the needs of a client, reformulate and question, build a suitable support process, manage the project.

This Academy is open to all first and second year HEC Paris Grande Ecole  students, as well as entrepreneurs who participate in Stand-Up HEC program in La Courneuve. This 3-week program is proposed in French early January.

Electives "SnO certified"

 Among these electives:

Class coordinators: Emeric BURIN des ROZIERS, special energy advisor for the French Government until 2011, now working for a mining company, and Frédérik JOBERT, partner & managing director at The Boston Consulting Group

The main objective of this course is to introduce HEC students to current themes in the energy markets, combining a view on the stakes for business as well as opportunities perceived by institutions and the public.
Language : English

Class coordinator: Christian CHARPY, Counsellor at the French Cour des Comptes

The overall objective of the course is to study how social systems have an impact - positive or negative - on the competitiveness of European economies, both within the economic European zone and in their relations with the rest of the world, other industrialized countries and emerging and developing countries.
Language : French

Class coordinator: Julien DAMON, Associate Professor at Sciences Po Paris

This course is an introduction to social issues and public policy analysis. starting with the analysis of social protection systems, the course will conclude on the issue of homelessness. It will address the issues of poverty, family changes, social classes and social models.
Language : French

Class coordinators: Joëlle EVANS, HEC Paris Assistant Professor of Management and Human Resources, and Bénédicte FAIVRE-TAVIGNOT HEC Paris Affiliate Professor of Strategy

Ethics is a crucial component of individual and group behavior and is at the heart of organizational responsibilities. This course considers  individual and organizational business actions and decisions in the light of moral principles and values. It raises ethical challenges and provide frameworks that inform common patterns of success and failure in managing ethics and corporate responsibilities.
Language : English

Certificate Social Business / Enterprise and Poverty

The aim of the Social Business / Enterprise and Poverty Certificate is to contribute to training a new generation of managers, aware of societal challenges and aspiring to be part of the solution, regardless of their professional activity.

The objectives of HEC Paris and its partners through this Certificate are:

  • To train students in innovative business approaches that reduce poverty, by offering new economic models in both developed and developing countries;
  • To investigate new ways of co-creation and distribution of wealth to reduce poverty;
  • To help participants acquire key questioning skills on the role of business in society;
  • To allow students to incorporate their valuable experience in humanitarian associations into their professional life.

The objective is not necessarily for all students to work in Social Business, but for them to acquire an awareness of the importance of SB in their field of work.

The Social Business / Enterprise and Poverty Certificate includes:
- a two months-courses examining Social Business themes and studying the involvement of business in the fight against poverty, complementing students' main fields of study, and
- a hands-on experience in a business, in a structure of social integration, or in a project of social entrepreneurship involved in fighting poverty.

It is opened to all Masters’ students as a part of their 3rd year program, to MBA students as an option/a bonus, and to external students and professionals.

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MSc in Sustainability and Social Innovation

Although today's environmental and social issues are well-known, they pose an extraordinary challenge:

  • Global warming (which may be irreversible and requires drastic reduction in greenhouse gas emissions)
  • The scissors effect between increasing consumption of natural resources and scarcity of these resources such as energy, water, biodiversity...
  • Growing socio-economic inequalities (that lead to geopolitical turmoil)
  • Ethical crises that result in lack of confidence in corporations and institutions.

In the light of these facts, strong institutional, economic and social changes are necessary to ensure that production of goods and services remains just as efficient, but becomes more sustainable in the long term.

Making marginal changes is no longer sufficient; more practical transformations are necessary, which strongly impact corporate strategies, as we need a fundamental shift in the way we do business. We believe that anticipating these changes makes companies more creative and offers them many new business opportunities.

The ambition of this one-year program is to train future changemakers and leaders to acquire a global vision of sustainable management in order to lead these transformations and build a resilient economy through innovative models.

Find here the program's key features and curriculum.


This seminar is organized for students of the HEC Entrepreneurs Major/Master, and students of the HEC Sustainability & Social Innovation Major/Master who have chosen the Entrepreneurship Track.

The aim of the program:

  • Understand how business models are changing to reconcile economic performance with social and environmental impact.
  • Think and work on the impact of the students' projects
  • Acquire tools to develop positive value propositions and business models, measure the impact of the project, adapt the governance or access new funding opportunities

During the whole seminar, students work in teams on their projects (or on projects of their classmates), to develop an analysis of the impacts of their project and integrate this reflection in their vision, business model, governance.

On the last day, they pitch their project in front of a jury of impact entrepreneurs and professionals.

SnO Course in the Master: the ALTER LEADER SERIES

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This seminar gathers leading figures from various backgrounds engaged in a reflection and alternative practices to the dominating models of their respective sectors.

The course gives students the unique opportunity to meet with senior entrepreneurs, researchers, philosophers who have developed an alternative vision and concretely have put it in the management of their organization or in the research they have undertaken, and to learn and reflect on their experience and understand the implications of these new ways of doing business.

Among the invited guests in 2016 are: Mrs Runa Khan, Founder and President of the NGO “Friendship” in Bangladesh; Mr Tony Meloto, Founder and President of the NGO Gawad Kalinga in the Philippines, Mr Rob Hopkins, Founder of the Transition Network, and Mr Mathieu Dardaillon, Co-Founder of the Social Enterprise Ticket4Change.

MBA program

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The HEC Paris MBA newly designed curriculum combines academically-challenging courses with leadership development and experiential learning.

Among its core courses, the ETHICS and SUSTAINABILITY course considers the ethical responsibilities of managers and corporations.

Among its electives classes, an off-campus seminar in the monastery of Sereys (Haute Loire) proposes to reflect on ETHICS and PERFORMANCE.
In this seminar, the participants become more conscious of the ethical stakes of their business practices and learn how to assess their responsibilities as managers. In the specific context of the monastery, they experiment a distant point of view to think and exchange about the signification of management practices and their impact.

Experiential learning is at the very heart of the MBA program. Fieldwork projects allow students to apply classroom-taught knowledge in a real world setting.
Participants have the option of participating in the Global Consulting Practicum (GCP) in partnership with the Wharton School where they work alongside a team from Wharton to consult with a client company interested in entering/expanding its market in the US or abroad (either profit making or non-profit social impact).


Executive Education programs

A major: “Innovation & Social Business", as part of the HEC Executive MBA

This Major is open to all Executive MBA participants. The goal of the major is to inspire the next generation of global business leaders with the next best practices and provide them with concrete tools to implement strategies that can help them to open new markets and foster creativity, sustainability and innovation in their organizations.

Please find here more information on the dedicated webpage.

An Executive Certificate "Innovation & Social Business"

Over the past few years, a growing number of corporations have started to explore inclusive business models as a way of expanding their traditional markets. If you want to find out what Inclusive Business can bring to your organization, then this could be the program for you. Our goal is to to enable you to discover new ways of developing business that have real social impact:
In both emerging and developed countries
For multinationals, entrepreneurs and SMEs.

Please find here more information on the dedicated webpage.

"Inclusive Business and Value Creation" open-enrolment program


In 2011, three industry leaders, Danone, Schneider Electric and Renault, sponsors of the HEC Paris Social Business/Enterprise and Poverty Chair, commissioned HEC Paris to launch a pilot program tailored for business executives.

In response to this initiative, HEC Paris, together with Ashoka, the renowned global network of leading social entrepreneurs and Hystra, a consultancy specialized in inclusive businesses combined their efforts to design and deliver a program in executive education.

This open enrolment program aims to develop alternative business practices, and is designed as an accelerator for business executives wanting to design, implement and scale projects or new business lines with social or environmental aims.

Designed for corporate executives, this program also welcomes social entrepreneurs, executives from large NGOs, international aid agencies and impact investors. 

There are two sessions each year in France and In Johannesburg, South Africa, to choose from, with a same core program and two different contexts.

The program is taught by the faculty of the HEC Paris Social Business Chair and representatives of Ashoka and Hystra.

Please find here more information on the dedicated website.

Non-degree programs

The Summer School on “Inclusive & Social Business”

Poverty remains a strong reality in the developing world, even in countries which experience high growth rates. It is also on the rise in many – if not all – developed countries. To fight poverty, philanthropic action, public authorities and international institutions have shown their limits. Quite the opposite is the situation of forward-looking firms, which develop creative market based solutions to alleviate poverty, sometimes in partnership with civil society and public authorities. Social enterprises with innovative business models are emerging worldwide, and an increasing number of established firms have realized that it is in their own interest to develop inclusive business models.

In this innovative summer program launched by the Social Business/Enterprise and Poverty Chair, we examine:

  • the set of reasons that prompt firms to contribute to poverty alleviation,
  • the innovative business models that they adopt when fighting poverty and
  • how firms can actually transform themselves when seeking to become more inclusive and sustainable.

We also examine the pivotal role of social entrepreneurs and “intrapreneurs” inside large multinationals, both in emerging and developed countries. Finally, we study innovative ways to finance these initiatives and to market them.

The Summer School is designed for non-HEC students who have a university-level or who recently graduated (from any discipline) seeking an academic challenge and multicultural learning experience.

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