Scaling for Global Impact

Vakbeschrijving Scaling for Global Impact
Collegejaar: 2015-2016
Studiegidsnummer: 6450ES12
  • U. Mans MA
  • D.J. Zetland
  • Dr. S.N. Giest
  • Dr. K. van Eijck
Voertaal: Engels
Blackboard: Ja
EC: 5.0
Niveau: 300
Periode: Semester 1, Blok II
  • Geen Keuzevak
  • Geen Contractonderwijs
  • Geen Exchange
  • Geen Study Abroad
  • Geen Avondonderwijs
  • Geen A-la-Carte en Aanschuifonderwijs
  • Geen Honours Class

Admission requirements

Admission is conditional on submission for the minor Entrepreneurship for Society
A knowledge of Dutch is not necessary. You should have obtained your propedeuse before starting this minor.


The course Scaling for Global Impact teaches you how to (1) reflect on the meaning of impact, and (2) evaluate impact and scale strategies.

This course gives you the theory and tools needed to understand the impact of your pilot experiment. Identifying the the projected impact, finding a methods to measure this and involving the right people and resources to executing the experiment are crucial to the quality of the findings. The goal of anticipating and measuring impact is to drive improvements that increase the value of your project, and cater it specifically to the audience it serves. You will learn how to be proactive, create an environment for learning and develop an approach to evaluate your efforts. Based on this information, you are able to make informed assumptions to scale your startup.

Course objectives

After this course you will be able to:

… study the various facets of impact
… assess a project that balances people, planet and profit impact
… reflect on different ways to measure impact
… report on your study, assessment and reflection of impact
… define the impact of an initiative
… develop a method how to measure the impact
… plan how to measure the impact
… test your methods with a scientist


Oct 1/ 10h-17h: Definitions of impact (introduction seminar)
Nov 3/ 10h-13h: Identify projected impact
Nov 10/ 10h-13h: Measurement methods
Nov 17/ 15h-17h: Preparing the experiment
Dec 8/ 10h-13h: Evaluating the experiment
Dec 15/ 10h-13h Scaling for impact

Mode of instruction

Seminar, interactive lectures and workshops

Course Load

This is a rough breakdown of the course load
• 23 hours are spent on attending lectures and workshops;
• 23 hours are spent on preparing for the seminar and lectures;
• 8 hours to write an individual essay;
• 16 hours to write a group report.

Assessment method

Assessment and grading methods:
• Individual essay assignment 60% of final grade
• Group report 40% of final grade – Rounding off grades to 0,5 decimales is subject to peer review
• Obligatory attendance of the seminars (Pass or Fail)


Yes (6450ES12-CFI-1516CDH)

Reading list

Anderson, E. T. & Simester, D. (2011). A Step-by-Step Guide to Smart Business Experiments. Harvard Business Review, Innovation.
Fontes, J. (2014). Handbook for Product Social Impact Assessment (available online).
Punch, K.F. (2006). Developing effective research proposals. London: Sage. 2nd edition.

Articles assigned for specific lectures are to be announced. The order of the literature varies and is subject to change, please check Blackboard for the latest update.


You have to register for both the minor and the course in Usis. Registration for this course only is not possible.

Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs



Sjoerd Louwaars


This course is part of the minor in Entrepreneurship for Society. You can only take the course as part of this minor.