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Visiting Professor

Office
M120
Tel
(831) 647-6601
Email
sgopalkrishnan@miis.edu

Dr. Shalini S Gopalkrishnan is a Visiting  Professor for the Graduate School of International Policy and Management (GSIPM) . Her research interests include Technology and  analytics to build and accelerate social enterprises, public policy in entrepreneurship, women leadership and impact investing.

Dr. Gopalkrishnan has presented at conferences across the globe and has published papers in peer-reviewed journals and book chapters.  She has taught MBA, undergraduate and doctoral programs at universities across the world. In 2016, she won the best prize for teaching at the Experiential classroom XVII in entrepreneurship. In addition,  Dr. Gopalkrishnan was the  winner of the Global Brainstorm Challenge “Global Women’s Leadership Alliance: 5 million women change agents improving our world in 5 years.

Dr. Gopalkrishnan is a judge at UC Berkley LAUNCH and BIG IDEAS competition. She is a member of Data Kind and, Youth Business USA. She has founded startups such as freelancemoms.com, Introspect and Lexion Global and worked as a consultant with A F Ferguson (then part of KPMG) and worked on projects with USAID, Fortune 500 firms and the Government.  She has volunteered with Junior achievement, Big Brother Big Sister, Page 15, World Affairs Council, Girl Scouts, Hands on Atlanta and Orlando.

Dr. Gopalkrishnan earned her Bachelor of Mathematics/statistics degree from Bombay University, Masters in Business(PGDM) from Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta, India and her Doctoral credentials from University of Florida.  She has been teaching at MIIS since 2018. 

Courses Taught

Courses offered in the past four years.

  • Current term
  • Upcoming term(s)

Social Entrepreneurship: Leveraging Technology & Data

Technology and Big data has transformed business in recent years. How does this impact social enterprises? In order to leverage technology and analytics for scaling ventures and also in creation of new ones, this class will expose students to various technologies impacting social enterprises. Students will have to ‘create’ social enterprises leveraging any of the technologies learnt. This will be done via cases and readings. In terms of analytics, students will learn various statistical techniques and software to enable them to apply these to ideas in the social enterprise space. Real Data from World Bank, data.gov and other sources will be used to apply the analytical techniques learnt. The purpose is for students to develop skills in applying technologies to a social innovation idea that they have conceived.

Fall 2018 - MIIS, MIIS Workshop

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Social Entrepreneurship: Leveraging Technology & Data

Technology and Big data has transformed business in recent years. How does this impact social enterprises? In order to leverage technology and analytics for scaling ventures and also in creation of new ones, this class will expose students to various technologies impacting social enterprises. Students will have to ‘create’ social enterprises leveraging any of the technologies learnt. This will be done via cases and readings. In terms of analytics, students will learn various statistical techniques and software to enable them to apply these to ideas in the social enterprise space. Real Data from World Bank, data.gov and other sources will be used to apply the analytical techniques learnt. The purpose is for students to develop skills in applying technologies to a social innovation idea that they have conceived.

Fall 2018 - MIIS

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The Frontier Market Scouts Fellowship Research Project is one of the Fisher MBA Capstone Program options, also known as the FMS Capstone. It is a project-based course designed specifically for those MBA candidates who are enrolled in the Frontier Market Scouts Fellowship Program and choose to leverage the in-field experience with their FMS placement to achieve the learning goals set by the Fisher MBA Capstone Program. Upon successful completion of the FMS Capstone under the guidance of the academic director, students will fulfill the capstone requirements and earn six academic credits toward the MBA degree.

The FMS Capstone projects are set in collaboration with the Center for Social Impact Learning (CSIL), which aims to advance understanding about the nature of social impact ventures, their environment, organizational behavior and performance, and their externalities, as a way of making significant contributions to the growing impact investing sector. The FMS placements, managed under CSIL, allow the capstone students intimate access to the operations of a social venture, the management, and the ecosystem that may cause the rise or fall of the venture. Each FMS Capstone student is responsible for completing a study of at least one social venture that is related to the FMS placement, so as to help CSIL realize its vision. The student may also complete a comparative study of multiple ventures depending on the nature of the FMS field assignment and/or availability of other FMS Capstone students to collaborate with.

While CSIL is in charge of the FMS placement for the FMS Capstone students, the capstone projects are under the supervision of MBA faculty. The students are expected to assume the responsibility of coordinating with both the CSIL staff and MBA faculty for project related activities and scheduling.

Summer 2018 - MIIS

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Social Entrepreneurship: Leveraging Technology & Data

Technology and Big data has transformed business in recent years. How does this impact social enterprises? In order to leverage technology and analytics for scaling ventures and also in creation of new ones, this class will expose students to various technologies impacting social enterprises. Students will have to ‘create’ social enterprises leveraging any of the technologies learnt. This will be done via cases and readings. In terms of analytics, students will learn various statistical techniques and software to enable them to apply these to ideas in the social enterprise space. Real Data from World Bank, data.gov and other sources will be used to apply the analytical techniques learnt. The purpose is for students to develop skills in applying technologies to a social innovation idea that they have conceived.

Spring 2018 - MIIS

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“Complex social problems are beyond the capacity of any single organization – or sector -- to solve. This case-based course looks at different ways of structuring, managing, and leading inter-organizational collaboration. First, we theorize power itself. Second, we build a sophisticated understanding of debates regarding how structural social change actually happens…vs. how we may wish it happens. Third, we challenge our implicit mental models of what an “organization” even is. Then, we look at specific, real-world cases – relative success stories -- where relations and structures of power have been de- and re-institutionalized. The goal is to understand what managers, leaders, and activists can actually do, pragmatically, to foster such social, political, and cultural change. Central to the course is looking at organizations themselves as social and cultural constructions, as sites where larger political struggles over power get enacted. In other words: the course will de-romanticize “NGOs” or “Social Enterprises” and unpack them as instantiations of extant power relations and forms of structural inequality rather than heroic actors somehow immune from such things. Our goal in this course is not to identify which kind of collective effort is uniformly best – students seeking black-and-white certainty and infallible “tools” will be very disappointed. Rather, our aim is to understand the strengths, weaknesses, limits, and opportunities of different approaches to collective action, depending on program goals and the operating context. Students will leave the course armed with broad strategies, approaches, tactics, and historical, comparative knowledge about what has worked, in what contexts…and the understanding that when it comes to shifting power relations in sustained ways…the next challenge demands creative thinking, not application of past “best practice.”

Spring 2018 - MIIS, MIIS Second Half of Term

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Areas of Interest

Dr. Gopalkrishnan's areas of interest and expertise are technology for social enterprises, analytics, women's leadership, design thinking and entrepreneurship. 

Programs

Academic Degrees

Dr. Gopalkrishnan earned her Bachelor of Mathematics/statistics degree from Bombay University, Masters in Business(PGDM) from Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta, India and her Doctoral credentials from University of Florida.  She has been teaching at MIIS since 2018.