GEN 501
Myths, Realities, and Trends in the Field of Family Enterprise

This course provides an understanding of:

  • the trends and latest in family enterprise research and practice
  • the challenge to the persistent myth of shirtsleeves-to-shirtsleeves in three generations
  • the areas in several topics (women in family enterprises, governance, conflict management, and leadership transition) where researchers and consultants agree and where they differ.
  • generational differences and their impact on family enterprises

Course Structure

  • This course consists of 4 online self-paced lessons and a final capstone seminar at the end of the quarter.
  • All online coursework must be completed prior to your webinar date.
  • Online: 2.5 hour webinar conducted via live video conferencing
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Carlo Salvato, Ph.D., FFI Fellow
Carlo is associate professor of business strategy at Bocconi University in Milan, Italy. He also serves as deputy director of the Center for Research on Entrepreneurship and Entrepreneurs, as well as director of the Master of Science in Management. He is associate editor of Family Business Review.

Anthony Devine, CFBA, CFWA
Anthony Devine is at the University of Northumbria, Newcastle, England where he is currently reading for a Ph.D. in Corporate Governance. He is involved in teaching, at both the undergraduate and postgraduate levels and is the Deputy Programme Leader for the BA (Hons) Accounting degree. His areas of focus are financial and management accounting, corporate governance, ethics and family business. Anthony holds the FFI GEN Certificate in Family Business Advising (CFBA) and Family Wealth Advising (CFWA).

Francesco (Frank) Barbera, Ph. D.
Francesco (Frank) Barbera, Ph.D. is a lecturer in family enterprise at Florida’s Stetson University and a doctoral candidate at Bond University in Queensland, Australia. His research interests encompass a wide range of economic issues applied to family business, entrepreneurship and small business management.