Summer School: Entrepreneurship in Family Firms

Target Group

Students from all departments are invited to participate



  • Introduction to family business: definition, facts and figures, advantages and disadvantages, concepts - 3 circle model (the family system, the business system, the ownership system), +cultural configurations
  • Ownership succession management: facts and figures, family types of ownership, types of succession, strategic planning, success factors of succession, the role of key non-family employees, managing transition, key challenges of succession process
  • Family business governance: definition, structures and agreements, family versus business strategy, family constitution, the role of advisory boards, family councils and family meetings



Managing a family business is about special problems and issues that confront family businesses. The course will explore the three systems of a family business, the family system, the business system and the ownership system and their interactions – functional and dysfunctional. Participants will be introduced to the basic issues and concepts of family business, and guided through the structures and procedures for successful family enterprises.

Thus, students will

  • develop an understanding of the characteristics of family businesses and their dynamics and special issues
  • appreciate the dynamic interaction of family, ownership and business systems
  • understand the challenges of family businesses including the most important challenge succession planning
  • learn about governance mechanisms in family businesses
Short Facts
  • Date: May - June 2023
  • Format: Blended - Seminar & MCI Webinar, 32 TU, 3 ECTS
  • Costs: EUR 130,-
  • Lecturer: Anita Zehrer, Gundula Glowka, Valerie Nickel
  • Group size: Max. 33 participants
  • Language: English
  • Badge: Entrepreneurship, Family Business, Start-up Management
  • Venue: Online Classroom & MCI I, Universitaetsstrasse 15

Registration for this career event starts on February 01, 2023!

Online Registration

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