General information

Subject type: Mandatory

Coordinator: Núria Masferrer Llabinés

Trimester: Second term

Credits: 6

Teaching staff: 

Alberto Guevara Chacon
Miguel Garau Rolandi 
Núria Fernández Pérez 

Teaching languages

  • English

Check the schedules of the different groups to know the language of teaching classes. Although the material can be in any of the three languages.


Basic skills
  • B4_That students can convey information, ideas, problems and solutions to both specialized and non-specialized audiences


Specific skills
  • E7_Elaborate projects and proposals of innovative companies establishing principles of social responsibility in the management and integrating the perspective of gender like indicators of quality and innovation.


General competencies
  • G2_Be able to innovate by developing an open attitude to change and be willing to re-evaluate old mental models that limit thinking

  • G3_Integrate the values ​​of social justice, equality between men and women, equal opportunities for all and especially for people with disabilities, so that the studies of Business Administration and Innovation Management contribute to to train citizens for a just, democratic society based on a culture of dialogue and peace


Transversal competences
  • T3_Show entrepreneurial leadership and leadership skills that build personal confidence and reduce fear of risk



The course is aimed at the study of business management models that nuance certain postulates of conventional theory in the field of organization and business management. Taking the social economy as its guiding principle, the guiding principles of this discipline represent a critical reflection of generally accepted economic norms and rules. The subject also represents a clear contribution to new models of human resources and finance management. From rethinking concepts such as productivity, efficiency, effectiveness, profitability or profit, it is necessary to identify new forms of financial management. This subject, aimed at final year students, represents a compendium on economics and business, which shows useful models for managing XNUMXst century business.


 1. The concept of social economy.

  1. Economic thought and theory.
  2. A tool to reduce inequalities?
  3. Main authors and theories.
  4. Theories on inequality and industrial and financial crises

2. Types of social economy companies.

  1. The Cooperative (agricultural, labor, consumer)
  2. The Labor Corporation.
  3. The Foundations.

3. Brief history of cooperativism in Catalonia.

4. The theory of the Common Good.

5. Management and social economy:

  1. CSR
  2. The governance and organization of the company

6. The debate of the collaborative economy as a tool of social economy.


Evaluation system

The qualification system of the subject will be obtained from the weighted average of the qualifications obtained in the different formative activities realized during the course. For the evaluation of the subject will take into account the result obtained of realizing a final examination, that will compute 50%, the realization of a specific work, that will compute 30% and the tasks derived from the seminars, that will weigh 20%. It is essential to achieve at least a grade of 5 in the exam to be able to average with the continuous assessment mark. 

The part corresponding to the exam can be recovered (50%), and the rest of the marks corresponding to the continuous assessment will be maintained.

Evaluation summary:

Final exam


Participation in activities proposed in the classroom


Individual and / or group work


A student who has not applied for the first call CANNOT apply for recovery.



E. Serrano (2019). Introduction to economics and social enterprise. Icaria (Barcelona)

Galaz, C. and Prieto, R. (2006). Solidarity economy. From the obsession with profit to redistribution with equity, Icaria

Garcia Jané, J. (2001), The cooperative dimension, Icaria

Revista Illacrua (ed.) (2007). Participation! A toolbox for the solidarity economy, Icaria

Garcia Jané, J. (2017), The solidarity economy in a hundred words, Icaria

Faura, I. (2016), The Catalan social economy at the beginning of the XNUMXth century, Pagès Editors

Miró Acedo, I. (2018), Cooperative cities. Sketches of another urban economy, Icaria

Amat, O. (2008). Analysis of Financial Statements, Ediciones Gestión 2000, 8ª ED, Barcelona. 

Ballestero, E (1990) Social Economy and cooperative enterprises. University Alliance.

Garcia, J (2001) The cooperative dimension. Icaria

Faura, I (2016) The Catalan social economy at the beginning of the XNUMXth century. Farmers Publishers