Social Innovation and Management Programme

The Social Innovation and Management Programme is a comprehensive, modular programme combining practice orientation with a solid base of expert knowledge and provides its participants with the opportunity to broaden their knowledge and skills required to manage their organisations.  Each year, one edition of the Social Innovation and Management Programme is implemented, consisting of a group of 25 non-profit managers and leading staff members. Each edition is structured in three compulsory modules each of them lasting one week and taking place in Vienna in English language. During the modules, the daily programme is enriched by various side events allowing the participants to discover Vienna. The programme stretches out over a timeframe of five months, enabling participants to work on a course project in between modules.

Module I
Resources & Innovation


Creative Lab

Innovation Management

Module II
Planning & Implementation

Business Planning

Project Management

Impact Strategies and Measurement

Module III
Sustaining Success

Marketing Management


The curriculum of the Social Innovation and Management Programme is customised to its target group and follows the ideal steps within the project development process. The programme creates ideal conditions to build up individual competencies and directly apply them to real projects. Furthermore, the programme fosters the establishment of networks among the participants themselves, as well as with the involved faculty members.

Each year, about 40 faculty members contribute to the learning progress of the participants. They vary in their backgrounds, coming from academia, non- and for-profit sector, and connect with the participants in a well-balanced mix of lectures, working groups, individual reflections, expert coaching and informal talks. Thus the Social Innovation and Management Programme challenges its participants with external and new perspectives and ensures the practical relevance of academic and practical contents by applying them to real examples, consolidated through individual and group reflections.

All NGO Academy Members are eligible to apply for the Social Innovation and Management Programme and invited to apply on a yearly basis in good time before the application deadline at the end of November. All applications are screened by NGO Academy and selected on the basis of formal criteria, such as the position of the applicant within the organization, duration of engagement within the organization, individual experience and expertise.

Past Courses