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School of Economics and Political Science
Course unit
ECO2045274, A.A. 2019/20

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Degree course Second cycle degree in
EP2423, Degree course structure A.Y. 2017/18, A.Y. 2019/20
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Degree course track MANAGEMENT [002PD]
Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination FAMILY BUSINESS
Department of reference Department of Economics and Management
E-Learning website
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction English
Single Course unit The Course unit CANNOT be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit


ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Educational activities in elective or integrative disciplines SECS-P/10 Business Organisation 6.0

Course unit organization
Period Second semester
Year 2nd Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 6.0 42 108.0 No turn

Start of activities 02/03/2020
End of activities 12/06/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2017 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
2 Commissione AA 2019/20 01/10/2019 30/11/2020 TOGNAZZO ALESSANDRA (Presidente)
GUBITTA PAOLO (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: Basic knowldge of accounting and general management
Target skills and knowledge: Understand the features that differentiate family businesses from other businesses;
Examine the managerial challenges of family firms from the perspective of business development, performance and ownership;
Explore the critical role and challenges that non-family managers play in family-owned firms;
Analyze succession and change processes.
Examination methods: First Mid-Term Exam (analysis and discussion of a case study) (written exam)
Second Mid-Term Exam (analysis and discussion of a case study) (written exam)
Project Work Presentation (group assignment) (written document and presentation)
Participation and critical discussion
Assessment criteria: The evaluation will be based on the knowldge of the topics covered on the lessons, on the in-class participation and on the individual ability to discuss family business issues.
Course unit contents: Most enterprises in the world are controlled by their founders or founders’ heirs: these are those the international literature defines “family businesses”.
Some of them are very large-sized and globally known businesses, like Wal-Mart, Samsung, Benetton, Diesel, or Ikea. The others are small and medium-sized and represent the “backbone” of both developed countries and fast-growing economies.
Based on recent international research, this course provides a description of the most relevant issues explaining the strengths and the managerial features of family firms.

The nature of Family Firms; Family businesses around the world
Healthy and unhealthy family businesses; An assessment model for family firms
Life cycle and managerial challenges
Shaping and developing organizational structures and processes in Family Firms
Designing top management teams in Family Firms
Working within top management teams in Family Firms
Decision making processes in Family Firms
Governance processes and structures in Family Firms
Vision, mission and values for family allignment
Evaluation & performance in Family Firms: a socio-emotional wealth approach
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Lectures and case studies.
The predominant teaching method used in this course will be analysis and discussion using the required material and case studies. So, the course will be highly interactive.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Other materials will be indicated before the beginning of the course
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Zellweger Thomas, Managing the family business. --: Edward Elgar Publishing Inc, 2017. Cerca nel catalogo

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Interactive lecturing
  • Working in group
  • Questioning
  • Story telling
  • Problem solving
  • Concept maps
  • Video shooting made by the teacher/the students
  • Use of online videos

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
Decent Work and Economic Growth