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Managing the Family Business

Course code
EAI422
Course type
BSc Course
Weekly Hours
2,0
ECTS
3.0
Term
FS 2020
Language
Englisch
Lecturers
Juniorprof. Dr. Julia Katharina de Groote
Please note that exchange students obtain a higher number of credits in the BSc-program at WHU than listed here. For further information please contact directly the International Relations Office.
In particular, the course “Managing the Family Business” covers the following topics.
  • Term definition, meaning and characteristics of family businesses
  • Differences between family businesses and non-family businesses, especially in relation to goals, long-term orientation, structure, and resources
  • Concepts and frameworks to work with family firms
  • Strategic management of the business owning family and the family-owned business; topics related to succession and governance (among others)
Date Time
Tuesday, 07.01.2020 11:30 - 15:15
Tuesday, 14.01.2020 11:30 - 15:15
Tuesday, 21.01.2020 11:30 - 15:15
Tuesday, 28.01.2020 11:30 - 15:15
Tuesday, 04.02.2020 11:30 - 15:15
Tuesday, 11.02.2020 11:30 - 15:15
Tuesday, 18.02.2020 09:00 - 10:00
  • Understand the need to balance short- and long-term decisions and to balance individual and collective needs within a society and its economy
  • Be sensitive to transgenerational outcomes of short-term decisions
  • Having a basic understanding of the specific challenges for family businesses, understanding the characteristics of family firms
  • Learn about frameworks of how to lead or consult a family firm
  • Learn about concrete examples of family firms and their challenges
  • Learn about working with case studies
  • Being able to engage in group work
  • Being able to present and defend findings
Case studies and articles announced in class
Final exam (40%)

Group work (40%)

Online article quizzes (20%)

Courses semester 1-3
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