Contemporary Developing Countries: Entrepreneurial Solutions to Intractable Problems

Contemporary Developing Countries: Entrepreneurial Solutions to Intractable Problems

HBS Professor Tarun Khanna
Fall 2017 course
M, W 3:30pm - 5:00pm
3 classroom credits

Prerequisites: None

Exam Type: No Exam

This course will provide a framework (and multiple lenses) through which to think about the salient economic and social problems of the five billion people of the developing world, and to work in a team setting toward identifying entrepreneurial solutions to such problems. Case study discussions will cover challenges and solutions in fields as diverse as health, education, technology, urban planning, and arts and the humanities. The modules themselves will be team-taught by faculty from engineering, the arts, urban design, healthcare and business. The course will embrace a bias toward action by enabling students to understand the potential of individual agency in addressing these problems. All students will participate in the development of a business plan or grant proposal to tackle their chosen problem in a specific developing country/region, emphasizing the importance of contextualizing the entrepreneurial intervention. The student-team will ideally be comprised of students with diverse backgrounds from across the University.

Note: This course is jointly listed with FAS as Societies of the World 47; with GSE as A819; with HBS as 1266; with HKS as DEV-338; with HMS as IND 520; with GSD as SES 5375 and with HSPH as GHP568-01. It will meet on the FAS campus in Sever Hall 113.

This course begins on August 30th, the first day of classes for FAS. This class session will be taped and posted to the course website for any HLS students unable to attend.

Subject Areas: International, Comparative & Foreign Law