2023-2024 / GEST3765-1

Strategy and leadership in social and sustainable enterprises


30h Th

Number of credits

 Master in management (120 ECTS)5 crédits 
 Extra courses intended for exchange students (Erasmus, ...)5 crédits 


Michel Boving, Sybille Mertens de Wilmars

Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the first semester, review in January


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

This course explores the concepts and theories of strategic management in the context of enterprises that pay specific attention to the social and environmental dimensions of their activities.

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

In consistence with the KLO of  the Master  in management, this course allows the student to reinforce its capacity to strategize, to communicate it and to adapt its management practices to the specificities of social enterprises.
It allows the student to:

  • Understand the strategic management concepts
  • Analyze the strategy of a social enterprise and identify potential problems
  • Identify theories and tools that are applicable in dealing with a specific strategic problem
  • Define a working method based on available resources and outcomes
  • Manage strategic analysis teamwork in demonstrating leadership skills
  • Present the findings of the analysis and propose recommendations   

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

In principle, students must have completed the course of "Entreprises sociales et business lodels durables" or - at least - have followed an introductory course related to social economy and / or sustainable development.
Students must be able to understand French and English.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

  • Review of the key strategic management concepts (from the "guide de la gestion stratégique des entreprises sociales" by Mr. Boving)
  • In groups of 4/5 students, critical analysis of the strategy of a social enterprise
  • In groups of 4/5 students, conducting an interview of the managers of a social enterprise
  • briefing / debriefing sessions with teachers
  • In groups of 4/5 students, drafting interim and final reports in PowerPoint
  • In groups of 4/5 students, oral presentation of the conclusions (analysis and recommendations)

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

Blended learning

Additional information:

6 sessions in face-to-face
4 sessions on line

Recommended or required readings

Boving, M. (2015), La gestion stratégique des entreprises sociales, Académie des Entrepreneurs Sociaux, ULg.
Other references will also be posted on the platform lol@.

The evaluation will focus on:

  • The individual appropriation of conceptual and theoretical resources provided - 30%
  • The general individual attitude of the student during the proposed learning path - 20%
  • The quality of the strategic analysis : collective evaluation - 50%
In second session, the evaluation will be limited to an individual written exam.

Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course

The course begins on Wed September 20 at 9am (Building N1D - room 0.86) HEC Rue Louvrex, 14  4000 Liège. 

Course planning is posted on lol@.


Michel Boving - michel.boving@gmail.com
Sybille Mertens - smertens@uliege.be
 Teaching assistant : Romain David - r.david@uliege.be

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