Global Social Enterprise Initiative and Booz Allen Hamilton Partner to Tackle Societal Challenges

March 06, 2012

Booz Allen Hamilton and the Global Social Enterprise Initiative (GSEI) at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business have announced a partnership to identify and develop solutions to complex, large-scale issues utilizing Booz Allen’s MEGACOMMUNITIESSM approach.

In developing solutions for its clients, Booz Allen recognizes that many of the word’s biggest challenges cannot be solved by any one sector acting independently—government, business, or civil society. In response, the company developed the MEGACOMMUNITIESSM framework and went on to publish Megacommunities: How Leaders of Government, Business and Non-Profits Can Tackle Today's Global Challenges Together, which outlines how all three sectors must unite in an action-oriented “organization of organizations” focused on a shared issue.
 
“This partnership is a natural for Booz Allen because GSEI trains leaders across sectors to address major challenges in our society, while creating both economic and social value. In collaboration with Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business students and faculty, we will enhance our MEGACOMMUNITIESSM approach while applying it to some of the most significant emerging issues of our time,” said Reggie Van Lee, Booz Allen executive vice president and Megacommunities co-author.
 
Booz Allen and GSEI will work to create global discussion around social enterprise and identify those issues best addressed by using the MEGACOMMUNITIESSM approach. In the initial project, GSEI will provide research support, analysis, and stakeholder identification related to an upcoming MEGACOMMUNITIESSM project in the United Arab Emirates aimed at reducing the incidence of diabetes in that region.
 
“Diabetes in the United Arab Emirates is an issue that lies at the fault line of both social well-being and economic stability, making it a prime candidate for a GSEI-Booz Allen partnership in employing the MEGACOMMUNITIESSM approach,” said Bill Novelli, founder of the Global Social Enterprise Initiative and Georgetown McDonough faculty member.
 
David Thomas, dean of the McDonough School of Business, said, “This is the kind of alliance that advances the McDonough School of Business’ commitment to serving both business and society.”
 
About Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business
Founded in 1957, Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business is a premier business school located at the center of world politics and business in Washington, D.C. Some 1,400 undergraduates, 1,000 MBA students, and 500 participants in executive education programs study business with an intensive focus on leadership and a global perspective. For more information about Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business, visit http://msb.georgetown.edu.
 
About Global Social Enterprise Initiative (GSEI)
The Global Social Enterprise Initiative at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business aims to prepare current and future leaders to make responsible management decisions that create both economic and social value. It engages corporate, nonprofit, government, and other stakeholders to advance the understanding of social enterprise. It is led by founder and Distinguished Professor of the Practice Bill Novelli and Executive Director Ladan Manteghi. Learn more at http://socialenterprise.georgetown.edu.
 
About Booz Allen Hamilton
Booz Allen Hamilton is a leading provider of management and technology consulting services to the U.S. government in defense, intelligence, and civil markets, and to major corporations, institutions, and not-for-profit organizations. Booz Allen is headquartered in McLean, Virginia, employs more than 25,000 people, and had revenue of $5.59 billion for the 12 months ended March 31, 2011 (NYSE: BAH).