|Study location||Netherlands, Maastricht|
|Type||Summer Course, full-time|
|Nominal duration||1 week - intensive (2 ECTS)|
|Tuition fee||€399 per programme|
Enrolled as an Undergraduate student or Undergraduate diploma
The entry qualification documents are accepted in the following languages: English.
Often you can get a suitable transcript from your school. If this is not the case, you will need official translations along with verified copies of the original.
Please attach proof of English proficiency or clearly state in your motivation letter any previous English experience through education, upbringing or jobs. We pride ourselves on our interactive courses and we therefore want to ensure all students can participate to the full extent.
A motivation letter must be added to your application.
In this course, we will explore the multiple factors that determine the long-term success of family businesses. Businesses owned and operated by families constitute the majority of firms around the world and may be found in all industrial segment, from retail to heavy manufactures. Family-owned businesses are the backbone of many economies around the world and it is estimated that the total economic impact to global GDP is over 70%. To understand how family culture effects business and management, we will have a deeper look at the ‘Silent Power of Family Business’ – the DNA.
Together we will analyse the family business DNA, built on trust, traditions, informality and family values, to understand how these characteristics help companies identify with and support their business, becoming an anchor for employees and external relations alike. We will see that this DNA can have a positive effect on the vitality of the business but can also destroy the company. Generation changes, lack of suitable successors, different core values, family relations, confidence and trust, personal ambitions and drive can all drive a wedge in the lasting success of a family owned business.
This course will explore:
• The relationship between family values and family business.
• What makes family businesses so powerful?
• Rhineland versus Anglo-Saxon system.
• The next generation: the succession process.
• Who’s in charge?
• Entrepreneurship and innovation.
• Why would you like to work in a family business?
Course Duration and Dates
This is a one week course running from the 12th of July until the 16th of July, 2021. This course is planned to take place on-campus in Maastricht, the Netherlands. Due to COVID-19, we cannot guarantee that this scenario will be possible however. We will make a decision based on the latest government regulations on the 1st of May, 2021 and inform all applicants whether the course will take place on-campus or, need be, online.
The number of credits earned after successfully concluding this course is the equivalent of 2 ECTS according to Maastricht University MSS guidelines. For further information see the MSS terms and conditions
• Introducing the concept of a family business, their organization and how they function
• Understand why family businesses could be successful in the long run.
• Analyze the connection between the family and the company.
Interested in family business, entrepreneurship, leadership, marketing and communication and organisational science.
Strategic Planning for the Family Business, by Randel Carlock and John Ward
▪ Assignments ▪ Lectures ▪ Papers ▪ Presentations ▪ Research ▪ Work in subgroups ▪
▪ Attendance ▪ Final paper ▪ Participation ▪ Presentation ▪
Family Business; values; succession; next generation; entrepreneurship, power, leadership; innovation and strategy.