Business Management FT
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Managing Family Businesses

level of course unit

first cycle, Bachelor

Learning outcomes of course unit

• are familiar with the phases of the succession process, especially with regard to family businesses.
• understand the specific problems and solution approaches of family business management and family business succession.
• are familiar with legal, management-oriented and social psychological questions and solution approaches.
• are able to recognize important factors of successful succession processes in family businesses and apply the relevant implementation concepts.

prerequisites and co-requisites

not applicable

course contents

• Meaning and definition of family businesses
• Strengths and weaknesses of family businesses
• Dynamics between families and businesses
• Positioning and strategy; management behavior in family businesses
• Selected real-life examples and reflection

recommended or required reading

Hannes, F./ Kuhn, T./ Brückmann, M. (2008): Familienunternehmen: Recht, Steuern, Beratung
Mätzener, M./ Schwarz, G. (2008): Erfolgreiche Betriebsübernahme in Familienunternehmen
Habig, H./ Berninghaus, J. (2008): Die Nachfolge in Familienunternehmen ganzheitlich regeln
Weishaupt, M. (2015): Radikal anders. Die DNA erfolgreicher Familienunternehmen

assessment methods and criteria


language of instruction


number of ECTS credits allocated


planned learning activities and teaching methods

Lecture, group work, presentation and task discussion

semester/trimester when the course unit is delivered


name of lecturer(s)

Dott. Markus Weishaupt

year of study

2.year of studies

recommended optional program components

not applicable

course unit code


type of course unit


mode of delivery

In-class course

work placement(s)

not applicable