32 Complete Course on Strategic Social Enterprise HR, OD and Finance

Thirty two senior managers and executive directors from 16 social enterprises and resource institutions completed a course on Strategic Social Enterprise Human Resource, Organizational Development and Financial Management on August 29-September 3, 2011 in Quezon City, Philippines. The course was the third and final module of the pilot offering of the Strategic Management Course for Social Enterprises in Southeast Asia delivered by the Institute for Social Entrepreneurship in Asia (ISEA) for Oikocredit partners and key staff from the Philippines and Cambodia.

The faculty for Module III was composed of Maurino Bolante and Ronald Chua for Strategic Financial Management and Cecilia Manikan and Marie Lisa Dacanay for Strategic Human Resource and Organizational Development. Bolante and Chua are Associate Professors at the Asian Institute of Management, and part of the core faculty of their Graduate School of Business and Center for Development Management, respectively. Manikan is an Adjunct Professor at AIM, the Ateneo Graduate School of Business and Bayan Academy. Dacanay is ISEA President and Senior Fellow at the Ateneo School of Government.

On a scale of 1 (lowest) and 5 (highest), the participants rated module III and the 16-day course at 4 and 5, with an average rating of 4.4. The participants gave overwhelmingly positive feedback which included “very appropriate and relevant”, “very helpful” and “very useful” for leaders and managers of social enterprises; “very important in bringing our organization to the next level”; “good module to situate us more on the strategic beyond the operational level”; and “made me a true social entrepreneur”.

Among the 32 participants of Module III, 22 graduated from the 16-day course. The 22 participants also completed Module I on Strategy Formation in Social Enterprises and Module II on Strategic Marketing and Operations Management which were held in Quezon City, Philippines on May 16-20, 2011 and November 8-12, 2010 respectively.