The Global Impact Master

What is the Global Impact Master?

To be truly transformational, business programs aiming to instill in students the attitude, sense of purpose and skills to build BoP businesses must go beyond teaching dedicated classes, often as electives. We strongly believe that innovation has to permeate throughout, in core classes, teaching material, teaching methods, placement support and alumni network activity.

That is why Business Schools for Impact ultimately aims to help schools design a fully-fledged integrated masters program: a Global Impact Master. The GIM will be built around a coherent and complete subset of the modules and courses available on the Business Schools for Impact platform -- modules that, put together, cover all the necessary elements of a masters program and add up to a sufficient number of "credits."

The GIM is being developed by a dedicated and committed team of professors of leading business schools from all continents, who each contribute their expertise and teaching material to shape a "GIM version 1.0" program.

As the material on the platform expands, you will also be able to build your own GIM, according to our suggested criteria.

Core and compulsory modules

1. Global Business Strategy and Society Learn how business is embedded in many societies and how business strategy can reflect diversity of economic and social values.
2. International Business Operations and Social Environment Learn how to build and support effective and inclusive global value chains and how international business co-operation can augment competitiveness.
3. International Marketing Learn how to reach diverse customer segments, navigating the markets of goods, services, knowledge, technologies and ideas in a connected world.
4. Financial Management and Investment Decisions Learn how to use tools, instruments and techniques for investment decisions that go beyond the short -term to create sustainable value propositions with social returns.
5. International Human Resource Management Learn how to get the best out of people, networks and communities within and outside organisations building skills, competencies, capabilities and knowledge.
6. Sustainability and Ethics in International Business Learn how best ethical, context-based business practice can enable the sustainability of business models for inclusive growth in diverse markets and cultural environments.
7. Global Trade and Investment Learn how fair trading and responsible investment operate in diverse national and international economic and policy settings.
8. Technology and Innovation Management Learn how relevant low or high technologies are mixed with human, financial and social capital to create new products, new services and novel forms of organisation.
9. Entrepreneurship and Social Development Learn how to identify, develop and implement opportunities and mobilise resources to create new businesses, grow innovative organisations, and effect social change.
10. Accounting Learn how to account for triple bottom lines with economic social and environmental outcomes – in addition to the universal basics.

Elective modules

11. Environment and Resource Management Learn how to measure, manage and monitor the impact of business on its environment and its use of natural resources, and the value of sustainable business models.
12. Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship Learn how social development through community-based innovations can provide for better and measurable economic opportunities.
13. Impact Investment Learn how different forms of investment, from private equity to angel and crowd funding can generate economic, social, and cultural impact.
14. Risk Management Learn to calculate, assess and mitigate financial, social, personal risk arising from actions in uncertain and fast-changing environments.
15. Public Policy Learn how public policies evolve to achieve economic, social and environmental objectives, and how they interact with business rules and the wider business landscape.

Key skills modules

16. Research Methods Learn how to use tools, techniques, and the philosophy of critical enquiry using methods from social sciences and pragmatic, action-oriented, change agendas.
17. Business Planning Learn how to form and grow a new business through an Individual Action Plan, and project objective plans and targets for realizing an opportunity.


The MBA Project Learn how to apply critical components of core and elective modules together with problem-solving, presentation and negotiation skills to build and present a project.

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