Family-owned businesses face unique challenges in today's competitive market. Our Bachelor of Arts in Family Business Management program in Geneva teaches students how to successfully implement practices that drive high performance and healthy family relationships.  

ABOUT THE PROGRAM

The operation of a family business is unique, and the skills required to work in them differ from a normal business.  

 

Students will learn: 

 

  1. How to manage capital and liquidity within a family business 

  1. The wide range of businesses that fall into the category of a family business 

  1. The skills needed to tackle issues such as succession and ownership 

Program Duration
3years
Credits
210 Ects
Teaching Language
English
Start Dates
October, February, June, August
You can do it in
Barcelona, Geneva, Montreux
Schedule
Full-time
DEGREE AWARDED

At EU students have the unique option to earn two degrees by studying an extra semester.

 

Option 1: Single qualification

 

Students completing the EU Bachelor of Family Business Management program are awarded an EU Business School Switzerland private and internationally accredited bachelor's degree.

 

  • Duration: Six semesters/three years (summer fast track option available)

  • Credits: 151 CH/210 ECTS

 

Option 2: Dual qualification on campus

 

While completing the EU bachelor’s program, you have the possibility to earn a second distinct qualification by completing one extra semester.

 

  • Duration: Seven semesters/three years (summer fast-track option available)

  • Credits: 172 CH/240 ECTS

 

Upon graduation from the dual qualification program students will receive an EU Business School Switzerland private and internationally accredited bachelor's degree and a U.K. state-accredited Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in International Business degree awarded by the University of Derby.

PROGRAM
First Semester (22 CH | 30 ECTS)
  • This course explores the dynamic organizational environment in which businesses operate and provides students with an overview of functional areas such as human resources, marketing, public relations, financial management, operations management, as well as purchasing and supply management. Students develop an understanding of the theory underlying key management principles including planning, organizing, leading and controlling. Students are introduced to and use the case study method to critically examine business management practices.

  • Marketing involves understanding the marketing mix and making decisions about product, distribution, promotion and price. This course introduces students to the basic concepts, analyses and activities that comprise marketing management, including the study of the marketing environment framework, target market, market segmentation, marketing ethics and the marketing mix. Students analyze cases reflecting marketing successes and failures to acquire the fundamentals of marketing management.

  • This course provides students with theoretical and practical application of communication principles that relate to the production of written messages in the business world. The principles studied and applied in this course come from cases involving business letters, reports and memoranda. Emphasis is put on the production of effective messages which project the brand, achieve desired outcomes and generate positive working relationships.

  • The course is an introduction to the basic accounting theories and principles like: the accounting cycle; the recording and reporting of accounting data; adjusting entries; closing entries; subsidiary ledgers; and financial statements like the accounting for assets is covered in detail. The course also explores new accounting technologies and their use in the preparation of financial information.

  • This course builds skills and proficiency in calculus and focuses on the understanding and application of areas of calculus that are relevant to managerial and business sciences. Students revisit the theory and practice of limits, continue with derivatives and explore applications and integration; including multi-variable scenarios, differential equations, series and optimization.

  • This course builds skills and proficiency in calculus and focuses on the understanding and application of areas of calculus that are relevant to managerial and business sciences. Students revisit the theory and practice of limits, continue with derivatives and explore applications and integration; including multi-variable scenarios, differential equations, series and optimization.

  • Computer literacy is fundamental to the learning process and a mandatory component for a successful career. This course helps students understand computer hardware, software and network systems. It focuses on the Microsoft Office suite and the use of the internet. Special emphasis is given to MS Excel, as it is an essential tool for other subjects taught during the programs.

  • Environmental sustainability means meeting the needs of the present generation without compromising the ability of future generations to do the same. Students examine the objectives and best sustainability practices of leading non-profit and for-profit organizations. In addition, the course looks at “green” business initiatives throughout the world. Topics include carbon and water markets; green buildings; design; and sustainable management systems.

  • Seminars / Industrial Visits
    1 CH / 1 ECTS
Second Semester (22 CH | 30 ECTS)
  • This course is an introduction to ethical theory and how it is applied to business issues. Students use case studies to identify ethical issues, analyze them using learned principles and make recommendations to resolve them. The course also prepares students for the social responsibility challenges and opportunities they will face throughout their careers.

  • The fundamental skills for communicating within the workplace and on behalf of an organization are the basis upon which students develop the skills necessary to be effective business executives. These skills include listening, interviewing, speech evaluation, poise and confidence. Students learn to analyze how, when and in which format to send messages, and develop critical analysis skills in order to enhance their oral communication skills.

  • Key accounting concepts and analytical techniques are applied as students gain an in-depth understanding of concepts such as stockholders’ equity, retained earnings and cash flow. The course also examines different tools used in financial statement analysis as well as the basic concepts of budgeting and cost accounting systems used in management accounting.

  • Macroeconomics studies the larger picture and, as such, some of the most important issues that affect our daily lives - income, inflation, unemployment, interest rates, GDP and the business cycle. Students also investigate the role of economics in relation to government policy, international trade and the international monetary system.

  • This course introduces students to the main legal issues that entrepreneurs, organizations and business managers face when running an operation. Students learn about key concepts of business law through situational analysis and discussions on topics including statutory, common and case law. Topics such as setting up a company, trust or partnership, contracts, mercantile, tax, civil, agency and commercial law are covered. The relationship between ethics and the law is a common thread running through the course.

  • This course enables students to perform all the analyses required in day-to-day transactions involving value (time and/or money). Students learn to make business investment decisions in an objective manner. The course explores mathematical concepts and procedures required in financial management and analysis.

  • This course provides students with hands-on experience in the techniques related to the collection and use of statistical data and their evaluation and application in managerial situations. Subjects covered include means, distribution, dispersion and sampling. Keys to statistical inference are highlighted and the importance of random sampling is investigated.

  • This course introduces students to the key concepts and practices that underpin successful advertising and brand communications. Students learn how to select appropriate media for these communications and also develop an understanding of trends, visual thinking, advertising brief development, marketing principles, brand communications, media relations and client/agency relationships.

  • Seminars / Industrial Visits
    1 CH / 1 ECTS
Third Semester (21 CH | 30 ECTS)
  • Strategic marketing is the process of ensuring customer satisfaction through the integration of business functions and the continuous search for a sustainable competitive advantage. Students discuss where strategic marketing fits within the overall business plan. The course views strategic marketing from the customer and brand perspective and examines the concept of marketing strategy: targeting, achieving a sustainable competitive advantage and brand positioning.

  • This course introduces students to core financial areas and issues that provide a basis for more specific learning in other courses. Students are introduced to financial instruments and techniques used in financial decision making. Concepts such as asset valuation, financial health, future investment planning, risk and return are explored through case studies.

  • Effective human resources management is a key function in successful organizations. The course examines theories and explores the dynamic relationship between strategy, people, technology and the processes that drive organizations. Key topics include profiling; recruitment and development of staff; employment laws; motivation; job satisfaction; performance management; and fair compensation.

  • This course covers production and operational management, focusing on productivity analysis that contributes to improving business processes and creating a competitive edge. Inventory control systems, procurement, manufacturing and quality control systems are key issues examined and discussed.

  • This course explores the complexities of starting and developing a small business. Students examine the management skills necessary to succeed as independent business owners and learn how to assess personal strengths and weaknesses in order to form effective work teams. The course uses cases to explore key topics such as opportunity analysis, feasibility studies and start-up finance, as well as comparing entrepreneurial management with professional management.

  • This course looks at the foundations, technology and applications of management information systems (MIS) in today’s competitive business environment. Students identify the major management challenges to building and using information systems. Practical cases are used to examine, analyze and compare systems which serve the information needs of organizations.

  • E-business is an interdisciplinary topic encompassing both business and technology. The course is an introduction to this rapidly-changing mode of doing business. It examines commonly-used and emerging technologies, as well as discussing the organizational impacts and management implications of moving into e-business. A number of specific applications are reviewed through case studies.

  • This course is an introduction to the concept of family business and an overview of the detailed examination of various aspects of management to be covered in subsequent courses.

  • This course is an introduction to the dynamics found in a family business environment, which are fundamentally different from the dynamics in a traditional business system. The complexity of combining business interests with family relationships requires an enlightened approach.

  • Seminars / Industrial Visits
    1 CH / 1 ECTS
Fourth Semester (21 CH | 30 ECTS)
  • All economies, regardless of their size, depend on other economies to some extent. In this course, students examine the forces, processes and actors that shape economic globalization. Topics include the effectiveness of trade organizations such as the WTO, the theory of comparative advantage, modern trade theory, intra-industry trade and the impact of protectionism tools such as tariffs on global trade. The course also examines the impact of international trade on labor and the environment; the balance of payments; exchange rates and the exchange rate systems; open economy macroeconomics; past international financial crises; NAFTA; and the impact of the European Union on the global economy.

  • This course explores and assesses financial issues affecting markets, companies and management. Students are invited to examine and reflect on current and past cases to strengthen learning. Topics include measuring efficiency, valuation of debt, financial analysis and planning and working capital.

  • In the rapidly-evolving world of search engine optimization and viral marketing, social media plays a leading role. This course explores social media marketing tools, techniques and strategies and examines how to use them to build valuable, lasting relationships with customers and other stakeholders. Students learn how to improve online campaign performance and combine social media with other components of a marketing or communications campaign.

  • Financial institutions support entrepreneurs and help them manage the economic risks they take on. This course teaches students the strengths and imperfections of tools and institutions such as banking, insurance, securities, futures, bonds and other derivatives markets, focusing on the recent past, the present and the near future.

  • Understanding consumers enables marketers to more effectively meet the needs of buyers in the market. This course investigates the processes that individuals, groups and organizations use to select, secure, use and dispose of products, services and experiences. It also covers the process of generating ideas to satisfy the needs and impacts that these processes have on the consumer and society. Students develop an understanding of the way people interact with products or services and their marketing environment, as well as an appreciation of the social, cultural and marketing factors that influence the selection and use of products and services.

  • The course focuses on business-to-business relationships. Students learn how to apply their knowledge of sales and purchasing concepts to solve business problems. Effective management of salespeople and purchasing functions is critical to business success because of the constant pressure to improve cost optimization and resource efficiency.

  • This course is an introduction to issues relating to the ownership of family businesses and the essential process of succession. Being an owner of a family business should be a satisfying, fulfilling and profitable experience. Managing succession is possibly the most critical task for ensuring the future of private enterprise.

  • This course introduces students to project management practices, using formal strategies that facilitate project control and meeting objectives. The course uses case studies to help understand successful and unsuccessful project management strategies and practices.

  • The course is an introduction to investing in real estate, focusing on the goals of property managers and investors. Students explore different types of real estate investments, along with the characteristics of the real estate market.

  • Seminar/Industrial Visits/Dissertation Seminar
    1 CH / 1 ECTS
Fifth Semester (21 CH | 30 ECTS)
  • This course introduces students to the world of international business and management and examines contextual factors, administrative mechanisms, organizational processes, cultural influences and government and business structures in the global economy. Students explore the challenges facing modern corporations when organizing cross-border activities that span multiple stages of the value chain. Topics include trade relations and missions; international finance; legal and labor agreements; information needs; production systems; marketing; and promotion.

  • In this course, students learn how to evaluate company performance and value based on financial information. Students interpret the income statement, balance sheet and cash flow in addition to learning how to apply ratio analysis. At the end of the course students are able to prepare financial projections based on a company’s financial reports.

  • This course helps students build their negotiation skills and develop an analytical understanding of negotiations and conflict management so that they can become more effective problem solvers. Through role play, simulation and observation, students examine, evaluate and apply negotiation techniques, learning to identify tricks and distracters used by counterparts.

  • The course explores the complexities of managing and developing a small business and gives students practical information concerning small and medium-sized enterprises (SME). This involves exploring the practical implications of self-employment and being part of a family-run business. Topics include areas of marketing, finance and labor management specific to the SME sector.

  • The course addresses three main issues in corporate finance: how a corporation should invest its funds; how it should finance its investments; and to what extent it should distribute some of its assets to its owners. Students look at practical examples of how this balance is achieved in order to maximize the value of the organization.

  • The course introduces the key elements of business-to-business (B2B) marketing and analyzes the differences between industrial and consumer markets. Topics include business buyer behavior, steps in business-buying decisions, B2B marketing strategies, the role of events and B2B marketing campaigns.

  • Supply chain management entails managing the flow of goods and information through the organization’s value chain, from suppliers to end users. The course analyzes the supply chain to identify where value can be added within it, identifying where and how strategic competitive advantage can be achieved.

  • This course is an introduction to the process of designing and developing products, goods and services. Innovation is an important factor to take into consideration and different approaches are discussed.

  • This course is an introduction to the financial aspects of family businesses. It begins with how to understand the impact of financial statements on the business, before progressing toward the different compensation options. It also discusses how to manage capital and liquidity within and for a family business.

  • Seminar/Industrial Visits/Dissertation Seminar
    1 CH / 1 ECTS
Sixth Semester (21 CH | 30 ECTS)
  • This course examines how firms gain and maintain a competitive advantage. It explores the corporate environment and looks at the challenges entrepreneurs and senior management face when transmitting the vision and mission so that these permeate all departments and functional areas. The course takes a general management point of view of an organization and analyzes decisions and strategies in light of the total business. Students relate strategy to the future development of the organization and discuss how to implement strategic plans.

  • In this course students learn how to create company budgets in line with business policy and, from a management perspective, to understand their purpose, the advantages and disadvantages of budgetary control, and the concept of responsibility centers. The need for detailed information is highlighted and students become familiar with the main concepts, tools and techniques for budgeting and for analyzing budgeting variances.

  • This course concentrates on the fundamental skills of communicating effectively and optimizing synergies in the workplace. Students explore, understand, improve and develop their ability to judge and apply effective strategies, such as two-way communication, events and other social media tools, in the area of organizational communication. Students also learn to analyze how, when and in which format to send messages and develop critical analysis in order to enhance their communication and add value to an organization.

  • This course brings together the skills and knowledge that students will have acquired in the area of marketing. Students thoroughly analyze cases illustrating a variety of situations in which a wide range of companies find themselves, discuss the issues and search for creative solutions. Students identify market opportunities and learn to define strategies compatible with the organization’s marketing plan. This course helps students to understand the strategic and integral role of the marketing department in a business.

  • This course uses case studies to give practical illustrations of financial problems. Students learn to deal with a range of cases systematically: identifying issues, determining possible impacts, evaluating proposals and producing solutions.

  • This course is an introduction to the way families govern their businesses. Good corporate governance creates an environment in which the family business is free to work towards its objectives. This course aims to highlight the benefits of good governance.

  • This course provides students with the financial skills to manage deals and calculate risks in a portfolio context. It enables students to develop an understanding of the role of the corporate treasurer and the management of the liquidity. The course also includes reference to managing non-financial risks, particularly from an operations management perspective.

  • This course is an introduction to the important policies that family businesses must choose to create the right environment for performance. Policies do not just guide decisions inside the business but guide decisions about the relationship between the family and the business. Families profit immeasurably when they look for creative approaches to policy development.

  • This course provides a clear framework for understanding, creating and evaluating a portfolio, as well as measuring its performance in the financial markets. Students learn to evaluate investment portfolios using a variety of methods and compare them to find the optimal one with maximum return for minimum risk.

  • Dissertation Seminar
    1 CH / 1 ECTS
(23 CH | 30 ECTS)
  • Final Case: Marketing
    4 CH / 5 ECTS
  • Final Case: Finance
    4 CH / 5 ECTS
  • Dissertation
    1 CH / 2 ECTS
EMPLOYABILITY

Graduates of this degree can go onto create their own family business or pursue a career in: 

 

  • Conflict resolution and office politics 

  • Psychology specific to family-owned operations 

EXCHANGE OPPORTUNITIES

Some of our courses are available across all five of our campuses. We encourage students to diversify their education by participating in our campus exchanges. Choose the perfect location for you and gain international experience while expanding your global network.

CHECK OUR FACULTY

Our experienced academic department is comprised of entrepreneurs, consultants and business leaders to provide students with the perfect educational balance between classroom theory and real life experiential learning.

ADMISSIONS

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