Managing Family Businesses in a Global Context (IBUP006)

This module information is representative of what is included in the module in a given year. Details of actual reading, lectures and coursework may vary year to year and will be available at the beginning of the semester.


Module Co-ordinator

Dr Swapnesh Masrani





Credit value


Contact hours

15 hours of lectures and 5 hours of seminars


100% Coursework:

50% Case analysis and presentation
50% Individual Essay


This module discusses management of family business in a global context. It undertakes a comparative approach to understanding the unique set of challenges faced by family firms. It draws on theory and scholarly research to discuss these issues. Case studies are used to develop an understanding of real world issues. 

The following provides an overview of the topics covered in this module:

  • Understanding family businesses, including definition of family firms, developing an understanding of issues related to management, ownership and personal issues in family firms.
  • Various aspects of professionalization including definition of a professionally run business, how to professionalize and various challenges needed to overcome in the process
  • Understanding of issues related to family governance including developing policies and processes for controlling family and businesses.

 The above will be examined within global context using cases from Asia, Europe and North America. 


Introductory reading

The Sage Handbook of Family Business.

Family Business Review.



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