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Seminar: Family Business and Entrepreneurship Research

Family businesses are one of the most dominant forms of organization around the world. The aimof this seminar is to study how family firms differ from non-family firms. The focus will thereby be on issues related to managing a family firm, from the perspective of the owners and/or managers.
Course code
Course type
BSc Course
Weekly Hours
FS 2019
Prof. Dr. Nadine Kammerlander, Alexander Fries
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.
Date Time
Monday, 21.01.2019 15:30 - 18:45
Wednesday, 13.03.2019 08:00 - 18:45
At the end of the seminar, the students should have achieved the following learning goals:
  • Deep knowledge on one specific aspect of family firm management (based on own work)
  • Broad overview of diverse topics related to family firm management (based on attendance of the lectures)
  • Intensified experience with searching for and working with academic literature as well as its application to practice (based on own literature research and application to a real case)
A list of references relevant for the individual family firm topics will provided at the first lecture. Selection of important articles related to family firm management:Chrisman, J. J., Chua, J. H., & Sharma, P. (1999). Defining the Family Business by behavior.Entrenpreneurship Theory and Practice,23(4), 19-39.Gómez-Mejía, L. R., Haynes, K. T., Núñez-Nickel, M., Jacobson, K. J., & Moyano-Fuentes, J. (2007). Socioemotional wealth and business risks in family-controlled firms: Evidence from Spanish olive oil mills.Administrative science quarterly,52(1), 106-137.Kammerlander, N., Sieger, P., Voordeckers, W., & Zellweger, T. (2015). Value creation in family firms: A model of fit.Journal of Family Business Strategy,6(2), 63-7Miller, D., & Le Breton-Miller, I. (2005). Management insights from great and struggling family businesses.Long Range Planning,38(6), 517-530.Sirmon, D. G., & Hitt, M. A. (2003). Managing resources: Linking unique resources, management, and wealth creation in family firms.Entrepreneurship theory and practice,27(4), 339-358.Tagiuri, R., & Davis, J. (1996). Bivalent attributes of the family firm.Family business review,9(2), 199-208.
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