AC Business runs significant programs aiming to connect Christian leaders to innovative modes for changing the world. This involves not just teaching or standard academic programs, but also collaborative research, prototyping, culture change, and consultancy.
Social Capital Research
Everyone knows that "money can't buy you love". In other words, humans can invest in non-tangible social relations, and those relationships hold potentials which produce calculable returns. Much of what Christian communities do is live out this reality. But how does one describe it, calculate its impact, map it in particular locations and communities?
The Social Capital Research Group (SCRG) works on developing the evidence base and usable tools which inform this important arm of Christian life in the world.
DT is a multidisciplinary partnership space for better thinking about real (‘felt’) problems, many of which are intractable, but which require solutions for the common good. Unlike many public forms of thinking, it refuses to flatten human experience to a series if linear equations. It is human-centred, iterative, multidisciplinary, and cooperative. It avoids the conflict-ridden descriptors and identities which have frozen many pubic debates into oppositional stances.
The DT Research Group works with businesses, community organizations and experts outside the College in developing new ideas for difficult problems.
Entrepreneurship involves “the processes of starting and continuing to expand new businesses” (Schumpeter). It is about the new, about going on an adventure where others have not gone, whether that is with a product (with all the related processes that go into that) or a new 'game' or way of doing things where those who could not 'win' in the old game are given new opportunities through innovation. It has a different line on risk.
The Entrepreneurship Research Group works with community organizations to find a 'new game' for improving human communities and their life experiences.