Executive Education

Family Business Management

15 credits, 2nd Edition – 2021

For information about the course, please contact Massimo Baùexternal link, opens in new window

Certified by Jönköping International Business School,
this course is tailor-made for family business owners, managers and practitioners, and is based on the latest findings from the leading research conducted at the Centre for Family Entrepreneurship and Ownership (CeFEO).

Working in or with family businesses means both opportunities and challenges. Research shows that family businesses are different from other companies and in order to succeed as professionals in family businesses, it is important to understand their unique characteristics. This applies both if you own or will take over a family business, you are managing, or otherwise working with a family business.

This 15 credits master course is based on 5 module web-based at a quarter speed rate, gives you the opportunity to combine work and studies at university level. In this course, you will meet world-leading researchers, exchange experiences with other professionals and will get the opportunity to apply your new knowledge to your own professional life.

– Family Business, introduction and characteristics – 3 creditsintroductory module
– Family Business Strategy – 3 creditsweeks 9-15, 2021
– Family Business Governance – 3 creditsweeks 17-22, 2021
– Family Business Ownership – 3 creditsweeks 35-40, 2021
– Family Business Emotions – 3 creditsweeks 42-47, 2021

The course is offered at an advanced level and is given in English. The first module "Family Business, introduction and characteristics" will be open to the participants at the time of the enrollment, and will be taken at self-speed as a general introduction to the topics. Each of the other 4 modules lasts for 6 weeks and covers about 10 hours of study per week. Read more about the syllabus herePDF.

This course builds on the research excellence and practical relevance of the Centre for Family Entrepreneurship and Ownership, bridging the core competences of JIBS faculty on family business and ownership. The participants will have a unique opportunity for applying the most relevant theoretical concepts to examples, cases and experiences from family businesses. The course is tailor-made for business owners, professionals and practitioners, working in or with family businesses, as well as for next-generation family business members and successors.

Through the learning platform you’ll get access to recorded lectures, case studies and other study material. Communication takes place largely through discussion forums and e-meetings, but we also offer 4-5 meetings per course to facilitate networking and enable in-person virtual meetings. This flexible form means that within each course section you can, to a large extent, choose the time and place for your studies, while regular deadlines distribute the studies evenly over the course.

  • The applicant has a Bachelor ́s degree and has an extensive leadership experience in a family business.
  • Other applicant with a Bachelor ́s degree or an extensive business experience might be accepted to the course based on clear motivations for participating to a family business course.
  • English proficiency is required (level 6/B or equivalent).

We request all candidates to provide us with an application letter (min 300, max 500 words) written in English. This letter clearly describes the motivations for taking a family business course. In particular, the application letter contains:

  • your personal and professional reasons for taking a Family Business course.
  • description of your leadership experience in a family business (e.g. as owner, member of the board, manager, or successor).
  • indication if you are a member of a family business or to what extent you are connected to a family business.

The application letter should be submitted as a PDF.

Find more information about the application process hereexternal link, opens in new window

Tuition fees do NOT apply for EU/EEA citizens.

Non EU/EEA citizens are asked to pay a fee of 30000 SEK to take the course

In addition to the registration of 15 ECTS credits at master’s level, you will receive a certificate in Family Business Management, issued by Jönköping International Business School, after completion of the course.


Other executive education programs and courses

CeFEO has delivered the executive education program “Active Ownership”, to business families from different parts of Sweden. Professor Leif Melin developed this program and lead its delivery for several years. Active Ownership is a fee-based, five-day program customized for each company. It has been given several times to various owner-families. We are ready to deliver this program to new clients who contact JIBS/CeFEO. The program is marketed informally to family businesses that have become involved in the Centre, but there are no formal, systematic marketing activities. The focus of the program is to train members of business families to become active and competent owners. This means training in areas such as leadership, strategic management, governance and conflict resolution.

A variant of the Active Ownership program has also run four times in collaboration with ALMI, a governmental advisory organization for SME development, with the owners of SMEs participating in this three day program. Each time we have had 2-4 owners from four to six companies participating in the program.

CeFEO has also delivered in-company programs and courses on succession, governance and management of family businesses to organizations such as the bank Nordea and Region Dalarna, a regional support organization in mid-Sweden.

Content updated 2020-12-21