Emerald Article: Business planning training for social enterprise
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Business planning training
for social enterprise
Entrepreneurship & Enterprise Research Group, Brighton Business School,
University Brighton, Brighton, UK
Purpose – This paper seeks to explain how the course content of a Graduate Certiﬁcate in SocialEnterprise was varied to meet the unique business planning training needs for social enterprise.
Design/methodology/approach – The research began with a review of the literature covering
generic and social enterprise business planning, the ﬁndings of which were applied into the design of
Findings – The paper concludes that although there are a number of similarities in business
planningneeds for start-up commercial and social enterprise business plans, the differences are,
however, signiﬁcant enough to require that course design should take these into account and thus
avoid delivering a generic programme that does not fully meet student needs.
Practical implications – Academic and professional deliverers of business planning programmes
are strongly recommended not to offergeneric offerings but instead tailor to the needs of the social
Originality/value – This paper will be of interest to providers of programmes aimed at social
enterprises as well as social enterprise practitioners responsible for staff training. The literature in this
area is still nascent while the development of accredited courses is still quite new and therefore the