Social Enterprise: A CSR Frontier: Case Study of Tata ClassEdge

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‘Social Enterprise: A CSR Frontier: Case Study of Tata ClassEdge’ is a Chapter authored by Sukanya Patwardhan in the book ‘Corporate Social Responsibility in India: Cases and Development after the Legal Mandate’ edited by Ms. Nayan Mitra and Dr. Rene Schmidpeter and published by Springer International Publishing, Switzerland under its CSR, Sustainability, Ethics and Governance series. The Book is available both in e-version and hard copy from Springer as well as Amazon and many other online book stores all over the world. The abstract of the chapter is as follows:

Abstract: Among the many challenges that are faced by an emerging economy, the education system in India is one of them with more than 1.4 million schools and over 230 million enrolments (Indian School Education System, 2014). It is home to one of the largest and complex school education systems in the world along with China.

To combat this pressing issue, the Tata Group has launched Tata ClassEdge in 2011, positioned as a social enterprise, that aims to bring about Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) enabled holistic changes in the areas of Curriculum Support, Teacher Development and Assessment and Analytics in the Indian school education system. This paper, with the case study of Tata ClassEdge puts forward that Social enterprises are a natural progression of CSR for long term, holistic social impact and social change, as opposed to CSR, which are resource dependent.

Keywords: Social Enterprise, Tata ClassEdge, Social Impact, Digital India, Indian Schooling System, Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), Tata Trust

Author brief: Ms. Sukanya Patwardhan is a Human Capital Management professional, based in India, with over twenty-five years of experience in leadership and global roles in the Fortune 500 companies. She is a Gold Medallist from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences and holds Masters in Chemistry and Materials Science. She is keenly interested in propagating the important role played by corporations to make the world a better place by ‘Responsible Leadership’ in every aspect of business. Currently the Global Head, Learning and Development at WNS Global Services, she is also pursuing her Masters program in Sustainability Leadership from Cambridge University, UK.

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