Centre for Family Enterprise and Ownership

Family Business Management, 15 hp

Working in or with a family business involves both opportunities and challenges. Research shows that family businesses are different from other companies and in order to succeed as a professional in a family business, it is important to understand its unique characteristics. This applies both if you own or will take over a family business, but also if you are employed or do work related to family businesses.

This is a new series of web-based courses at a quarter speed rate, that gives you the opportunity to combine work and studies at university level. In the courses, 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 Management, 15 credits


Course period

Family Business, introduction and characteristics, 3 credits

28/10 – 20/12 2019

Family Business Strategy, 3 credits

13/1 – 13/3 2020

Family Business Governance, 3 credits

23/3 – 2/5 2020

Family Business Ownership, 3 credits

24/8 – 16/10 2020

Family Business Emotions, 3 credits

26/10 – 18/12 2020

The courses are at advanced level and are given in English. Each course lasts for 8 weeks and covers about 10 hours of study per week. Read more about the syllabus herePDF.

Target group

The education is intended for current or future leaders in family businesses, such as employees, owners or next-generation family members. Those who work with family businesses in other ways, such as advisors, are also welcome.

What does online distance learning involve?

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 1-2 meetings per course to facilitate networking and enable in-person 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 course is given by the CeFEO research center at Jönköping International Business School. CeFEO stands for Center for Family Enterprise and Ownership and is one of the world's most prominent knowledge center for family business research.


To be eligible for studies at advanced level, a bachelor's degree or equivalent of at least 180 ECTS credits is required. Since the course is given in English, higher knowledge in English is also required (English 6 or equivalent). There is also the possibility of applying for an exemption from the formal eligibility requirements if you have at least five years of qualified professional experience.


Application is open from the 1st of May until one week before the course starts. Rolling admission means that your application will be handled within one month. 20 students will be admitted on a "first come first served basis" "!

You fill in the application and attach documents that support that you meet the eligibility requirements directly via the web form below. Welcome with your application!


For the first course round, starting in 2019, the education is free of charge thanks to support from The Swedish Knowledge Foundation. Thereafter, the education is usually paid for by the participant's employer.


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.

Content updated 2019-09-10

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