Netherlands, Amsterdam

The Entrepreneurial Family Business

when 2 July 2016 - 16 July 2016
language English
duration 2 weeks
credits 3 ECTS
fee EUR 1000

Up to 80 per cent of the world’s businesses are family firms, yet scholars rarely consider the specific challenges they face. Who will take the business into the next generation? And more importantly, considering that only about 20 per cent make it that far, how? How do you disentangle personal and business relationships? How do you maintain a competitive advantage while opting for growth? And how do family boards make the right investment choices for the future?

Convened by the Amsterdam Centre for Entrepreneurship at VU Amsterdam, this course provides both theoretical insights and practical capabilities so that you are better equipped to manage or support an entrepreneurial family business. With a consistent focus on innovation and entrepreneurship, interactive lectures consider governance and leadership issues. Succession is another key topic, along with the right entrepreneurial attitude to carry the family firm forward into next generation. Practical team assignments and fieldwork sessions will advance your management tools and skills needed to keep a family firm flourishing.

Course leader

Dr. A.M.C. Eveline Stam

Target group

This course particularly appeals to advanced Bachelor’s or Master’s students with a background in Business Administration and Management. It will bring together a group of international students interested in better understanding the complex nature of the family business and in keeping it innovative and entrepreneurial – whether from an academic perspective or personal experience.

Course aim

You will be able to theorize on the complex nature and particular management needs of family firms.
You will be able to define the leadership and strategic decision-making needs of family firms.
You will understand the need for family firms to remain entrepreneurial.
You will be able to articulate, plan for and manage the innovation and governance skills and capabilities needed in family firms.

Fee info

EUR 1000: Excluding housing


Early bird discount
Discount of €100 for students that apply before 29 February, 23.59 Central European Time

10 x full tuition fee
The Amsterdam Summer School offers 10 scholarships that cover the full tuition fee of one course. The deadlin