2023-2024 / GEST3036-1

Social innovation project management


30h Th

Number of credits

 Master in management (120 ECTS)5 crédits 


Frédéric Dufays

Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the second semester


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

This course enables to discover and experience the concept, the process and the actors of social innovation, i.e. the generation and implementation of new solutions to social and environmental needs. The course is structured along the main steps of the social innovation process and is inspired by the principles of design thinking. It includes an important practical dimension through the development of social innovation project by participants themselves in a logic of service learning.


Learning outcomes of the learning unit

In coherence with the Intended Learning Outcomes  of the Master in Management program and more particularly of its specialization in "Social and Sustainable Enterprise Management", the course will enable students to:

  • Identify the dynamics of and opportunities for social innovation in different historical and geographical contexts
  • Master and implement the different steps of the social innovation process
  • Develop empathy and creativity skills to generate solutions that are both innovative and adapted to the users' needs
  Hence, this course contributes to the following Intended Learning Outcomes :     ILO-2 : Gaining the knowledge and understanding of one of the proposed fields of concentration or to gain deep knowledge in the field of the management being already specialized thru a first University Master Degree .    ILO-4 : To acquire the capacity to research autonomously and methodically the information needed to solve a complex, transversal management problem,    ILO-5 : Integrate autonomously researched information, tools, knowledge and context to build and propose, either individually or as part of a team, original, creative and viable solutions to concrete complex management problems, whether real or simulated, taking into account, when necessary, the human, social and legal context.  ILO-9 : Developing a critical sense (arguing)   ILO-10 : Developing a transversal, global vision    ILO-11 : Creative conception of solutions    ILO-12 : Professional capacity for oral communication   ILO-13 : Professional capacity for written communication     ILO-14 : Faced with a management problem, suggesting solutions that are ethical and socially responsible and that respect the principles of good governance.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

A course in innovation and/or entrepreneurship is an asset

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Each class will include:

- the presentation of theoretical and conceptual elements by the teacher, using Powerpoint slides

- empirical illustrations brought by the teacher and also sometimes by a guest speaker

Some classes will be more specifically devoted to practical exercises enabling to master tools that can be useful in managing social innovation projects.

In parallel, in line with the service learning approach, students wll have to act (in teams) as "consultants" for organisations that are involved in a social innovation development process.

Mode of delivery (face to face, distance learning, hybrid learning)

Face-to-face course

Additional information:

This course is delivered face-to-face. Active participation of each student is compulsory.

Recommended or required readings

The virtual platform Lol@ (lola.hec.uliege.be) will be used to post:
- The Powerpoint presentations used during the classes
- Articles supporting the course contents

Written work / report

Continuous assessment

Additional information:

The evaluation will be based on:

- A group work following a service learning logic, composed of preparation sessions and intermediary presentations during the classes, as well as a final deliverable to be presented in front of a jury at the end of the year (50%)

- A reflexive individual work enabling to connect the theoretical contents with a practical case (50%)

Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course


Prof. Frédéric Dufays

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