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1. General information
ECTS credits:
Academic year:
First quarter
Main language:
Second language:
Use of additional languages:
An English version is available for ERASMUS students on the Virtual Campus.
English Friendly:
Web site:
Lecturer: JUAN JOSE JIMENEZ MORENO - Group(s): 12 
Phone number
Office hours
Melchor de Macanaz 2.15
A concretar en Campus Virtual al inicio del curso. (To be specified on the Virtual Campus -Moodle- at start of academic year).

2. Pre-Requisites

The profile of this subjects means no prior knowledge is required. However, we recommend some prior knowledge of the subjects in the previous years of the Degree in Business Management. It is also useful to have competences in searching for information from different sources, capacity of analysis and synthesis, teamwork and decision-making capacity, oral and written communication, use of ICT.

3. Justification in the curriculum, relation to other subjects and to the profession

The inclusion of this subject within the Degree in Business Management and Administration is fully justified since the business sector of any developed society comprises mainly family businesses. Most of our future graduates will work for, or with, family enterprises (MSEs or SMEs), in which the concept of “family business” (characteristics, type and development), the relationship (conflict) between family (culture, values and objectives) and the company, family governance (protocol) and family business governance (structure and professionalization), the process of succession and transfer of the family business, are key elements in the efficient management of a family business. Therefore, it is logical that our students should be familiar with the reality of family businesses. Given the profile of this subject it is instrumentally related to a number of other subjects, especially those concerning Business Management and related areas.

4. Degree competences achieved in this course
Course competences
Code Description
E01 Develop the ability to manage and run a company or organization, understand their competitive and institutional position, and identify their strengths and weaknesses.
E02 Develop and enhance entrepreneurship, adaptability to change and creativity in any functional area of ¿¿a company or organization.
E04 Incorporate the ability to integrate into any functional area of ¿¿a business or organization to perform and be able to lead any given task.
E06 Develop and enhance the ability for general management, technical management and the management of research, development and innovation projects in any company or organization.
G01 Possession of the skills needed for continuous, self-led, independent learning, which will allow students to develop the learning abilities needed to undertake further study with a high degree of independence.
G03 Develop oral and written communication skills in order to prepare reports, research projects and business projects and defend them before any commission or group of professionals (specialised or non-specialised) in more than one language, by collecting relevant evidence and interpreting it appropriately so as to reach conclusions.
G05 Capacity for teamwork, to lead, direct, plan and supervise multidisciplinary and multicultural teams in both national and international environments so as to create synergies which benefit organisations.
5. Objectives or Learning Outcomes
Course learning outcomes
Not established.
Additional outcomes
1. To have knowledge of the elements which define a ¿family business¿. To acquire basic knowledge regarding family businesses, their problems and development.

2. To be able to analyse, describe, identify and diagnose, the characteristic problems of family companies. To develop active competences: to apply this knowledge to produce a critical report on a family business in their community.

3. To act as an adviser/consultant and propose actions to improve the governance of a family business. To be able to make reasoned proposals of efficient professional activity in order to prevent or solve the typical governance and management problems of a family business.
6. Units / Contents
  • Unit 1: Family companies: characteristics, types of family companies and life-cycle
  • Unit 2: Families and companies: culture, values, objectives and roles; conflicts in the company
  • Unit 3: Governance of family companies: professionalization of management and organs of governance
  • Unit 4: Family governance: the family board and family protocol
  • Unit 5: Succession: the process, preparation of successors, organization
  • Unit 6: Transfer of the business
7. Activities, Units/Modules and Methodology
Training Activity Methodology Related Competences ECTS Hours As Com R Description *
Class Attendance (theory) [ON-SITE] Lectures E02 E06 1.2 30 N N N Theoretical explanations of basic content of programme
Class Attendance (practical) [ON-SITE] Debates E02 G01 0.6 15 N N N Presentation and practical work/case studies
Writing of reports or projects [OFF-SITE] Self-study E02 G01 G03 1.5 37.5 Y Y Y Assignments and individual tests
Writing of reports or projects [OFF-SITE] Group Work E01 E02 E04 E06 G01 G03 G05 1.8 45 Y Y Y Production of reports on family companies
Group tutoring sessions [ON-SITE] Guided or supervised work G03 G05 0.2 5 N N N Programmed classroom tutorials used to monitor student progress
Study and Exam Preparation [OFF-SITE] Self-study E02 G01 0.6 15 N N N Acquisition and preparation of subject content
Final test [ON-SITE] Assessment tests E01 E04 E06 G03 0.1 2.5 Y Y Y Answering of tests, theoretical questions case studies, which demonstrate acquisition of knowledge
Total: 6 150
Total credits of in-class work: 2.1 Total class time hours: 52.5
Total credits of out of class work: 3.9 Total hours of out of class work: 97.5

As: Assessable training activity
Com: Training activity of compulsory overcoming
R: Rescheduling training activity

8. Evaluation criteria and Grading System
  Grading System  
Evaluation System Face-to-Face Self-Study Student Description
Assessment of problem solving and/or case studies 30.00% 0.00% Individual assignments for students to consider and solve. An assignment must be delivered for each question proposed, in accordance with the formal conditions laid down for the subject in the virtual campus.
Projects 40.00% 0.00% Production and presentation of a report on a family business in the local community: identification, type of company, origin, development, property, management, strategy, situation, continuity, succession, protocol and proposals for improvement. The knowledge and competence acquired during the course must be used.
Final test 30.00% 0.00% Exam on subject content
Total: 100.00% 0.00%  

Evaluation criteria for the final exam:
In the first exam session, individual assignments, the report on a family business and the final exam will be evaluated.
In order to pass the subject, a mark of at least five out of ten is required in the individual assignments, the report on a family business and the final exam.
Specifications for the resit/retake exam:
The marks obtained in the individual assignments, the report on family business or in the final exam, will be upheld if above pass level.
In order to pass the subject, a mark of at least five out of ten is required in the individual assignments, the report on a family business and the final exam.
The marks obtained in the other systems of assessment will be upheld if above pass level.
Specifications for the second resit / retake exam:
The marks obtained in the individual assignments, the report on family business or in the final exam, in the last exam session of the immediately previous academic year will be upheld if above pass level.
In order to pass the subject, a mark of at least five out of ten is required in the individual assignments, the report on a family business and the final exam.
9. Assignments, course calendar and important dates
Not related to the syllabus/contents
Hours hours
Class Attendance (theory) [PRESENCIAL][Lectures] 30
Class Attendance (practical) [PRESENCIAL][Debates] 15
Writing of reports or projects [AUTÓNOMA][Self-study] 37.5
Writing of reports or projects [AUTÓNOMA][Group Work] 45
Group tutoring sessions [PRESENCIAL][Guided or supervised work] 5
Study and Exam Preparation [AUTÓNOMA][Self-study] 15
Final test [PRESENCIAL][Assessment tests] 2.5

Unit 1 (de 6): Family companies: characteristics, types of family companies and life-cycle
Group 12:
Initial date: 01-09-2019 End date: 20-12-2019

Global activity
Activities hours
General comments about the planning: Planning will be adjusted to the UCLM academic calendar
10. Bibliography and Sources
Author(s) Title Book/Journal Citv Publishing house ISBN Year Description Link Catálogo biblioteca
Amat, J. Mª. La continuidad de la empresa familiar Gestión 2000  
Carlock, R.S.; Ward, J.L. La Planificación Estratégica de la Familia Empresaria Deusto  
Corona, J. Manual de la empresa familiar Deusto 978-84-234-2336-0 2005 Ficha de la biblioteca
Cátedra Najeti de Empresa Familiar y Creación de Empresas  
Dirección General de Política de la PYME Guía para la pequeña y mediana empresa familiar Centro de Publicaciones del Ministerio de Economía  
Gallo, M. A. La empresa familiar Praxis  
IESE Business School: Cátedra de Empresa Familiar  
Instituto de la Empresa Familiar  
La empresa familiar  
Neubauer, F; Lank, A.G. La empresa familiar: ¿cómo dirigirla para que perdure? Deusto  

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