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COURSE NUMBER: BUSI 346
COURSE TITLE: Family Business
NAME OF INSTRUCTOR: Gordon Preston, B.Ed., Dip.C.S., M.B.A., Ed.D. (Cand)
CREDIT WEIGHT AND WEEKLY TIME DISTRIBUTION: credits 3 (hrs lect 3 - hrs sem 0 - hrs lab 0)
COURSE DESCRIPTION: Family owned enterprises present unique management issues which will be explored in this course, including: family vs. business value sets, integration of non-family managers, taxation and inheritance, generational transition, exit strategies, governance structures and conflict management issues

REQUIRED TEXTS:
  • Gersick, K., et al Generation to Generation: Life Cycles of the Family Business, Boston, Harvard Business School Press 1997
  • Other resources will be made available through the class Moodle site or handed out in class.
MARK DISTRIBUTION IN PERCENT:
Mid-Term Exams 30%
Case Study Project 30%
Final Exam 25%
Participation15%
100%
COURSE OBJECTIVES:
  • articulate the principle management issues and potential remedies unique to family owned and/or operated businesses
  • gain a deeper appreciation of the differences in the family and the commerce systems
  • evaluate the impact of a Christian worldview on family business
COURSE OUTLINE:
  • Course Introduction and Overview.
  • Ownership Development
  • Family Development
  • Business Development
  • Types of Family Businesses
  • Succession
  • Structures/Governance
  • Canadian Tax & Inheritance
  • Mid-term & Research
  • Case Study Presentations.


Required texts, assignments, and grade distributions may vary from one offering of this course to the next. Please consult the course instructor for up to date details.

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