MMM076-Family Business Management

Module Provider: Leadership, Organisations and Behaviour
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Spring term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2016/7

Module Convenor: Dr Shaheena Janjuha-Jivraj


Summary module description:

This module introduces theory to the scholarly literature on family firms and family management. The model discusses theoretical developments in the field and has a strong practical application in the use of case studies as teaching material.

Assessable learning outcomes:
Understanding of issues pertinent to family business growth and survival and their impact on national and international economies.
Recognition of the difference between growing and lifestyle family firms.
Impact of family firms on community and philanthropy.

Additional outcomes:
Students will learn to work independently under pressure of time, and to organise diverse empirical material.

Outline content:

1) Introduction to Family firms

2) Growth: Life style and high growth – differences affecting family firms.

3) Human resources and capabilities 

4) Role of the family business in the community, philanthropy and continuity

5) Family businesses – international comparisons - Europe

6) Family businesses – international comparisons – MENA & Asia

7) Managing and board control in family firms 

8) Supporting the family business

9) Case study – tying it all together

10) Review of the course

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Detailed guidance on the main topics of the syllabus and key references are provided in 10 x 2 hour sessions of lectures, seminar questions and discussions. Students are required to do a significant amount of reading of journal articles and chapters of books along with case studies.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 20
Seminars 5
Guided independent study 175
Total hours by term 200.00
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written exam 50
Written assignment including essay 50

Other information on summative assessment:

Coursework: 1 piece of coursework


Case study on a family business: 2,500 word case study. Students to choose a family business case study of their choice to identify a family business that displays strong leadership challenges. You may wish to choose a business that has already gone through generational succession or is about to embark on transition of leadership and ownership.

Drawing from a wide range of sources for the case study and articles from the lectures build a discussion to identify:

  1. The challenges faced by the business.

  2. The options available to the business.

Your recommendations to the business.

Relative percentage of coursework: 50%

Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:
Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy. Please refer to page 5 of the Postgraduate Guide to Assessment for further information:

Length of examination:
One two-hour examination with a weight of 50%, taken in the Summer term.

Requirements for a pass:
A weighted average mark of coursework and examination of 50%.

Reassessment arrangements:

In August by examination only.

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
1) Required text books:
2) Specialist equipment or materials:
3) Specialist clothing, footwear or headgear:
4) Printing and binding:
5) Computers and devices with a particular specification:
6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence:

Last updated: 6 March 2017

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