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Social Enterprise

Social enterprises are businesses that serve the public interest - it's about more than just working for profit.

Social Enterprises are driven by entrepreneurs with a conscience, who develop services that deliver social, cultural, financial and environmental benefits to improve the well-being of communities and individuals. These organisations may be as big as Oxfam or Greenpeace, or as small as a community craft market.

In this subject, you’ll learn to develop a critical awareness of the contribution that social enterprise can make to enhance the well-being of people and planet.

You’ll also learn about the relationships between business, government and community, alongside topics traditionally associated with not-for-profit/non-governmental organisations and community sector.

Internationally recognised

Waikato is ranked in the world's top 150 universities for Accounting, Finance, and Business and Management Studies, by the prestigious QS Subject Rankings.

You'll study at our internationally recognised Waikato Management School, which has Triple Crown Accreditation from AACSB, EQUIS and AMBA, placing it in the top 1% of all business schools worldwide.

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Key information

Area of Study:

Career opportunities

  • Community services manager
  • Manager for an organisation that has a social responsibility commitment
  • Manager for a charitable trust or community - based organisation
  • Manager for a fundraising organisation

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Waikato Management School Handbook


Management Student Centre (MSC)
Phone: +64 838 4303 or 0800 654 303
Email: [email protected]

Opening hours: 8.45am - 4.45pm Monday to Friday
Location: MSB.1.50, Hillcrest Road, University of Waikato, Hamilton

One of the best times to pop into MSC is Open Advice Day, held every Wednesday from 10am to 2pm.

AProf Maria Humphries
Location: MS9.G.09
Phone: +64 27 292 8809
Email: [email protected]

Dr Suzanne Grant
Location: MSB.4.01
Phone: +64 7 838 4466 extn 9296
Email: [email protected]