Courses for MBAs, EMBAs, & Cross-registrants

The Family Business Program currently offers a range of MBA and EMBA elective courses that provide in-depth coverage of the unique issues facing family businesses, from single operating companies to complex, diversified  family enterprises. Topics of discussion in these courses include generational leadership transitions, succession planning, strategy, entering the family business, governance, trusts and estates, and treatment of non-family executives in the family business. 

Our Family Enterprise Road Map helps students choose electives to gain practical knowledge in areas vital to family business. 

**If you are a member of a business-owning family (and not a Columbia graduate student), learn about our three-day intensive workshop, "Enterprising Families: Learning and Leading Together," which covers all aspects of owning, managing, and working with family. 

Courses include:

  • Family Business Management explores management and related family issues, including succession, that typically affect businesses in the second and third generations.

  • Finance in the Privately Held Firm explores the financing decisions faced by privately held firms, and the underlying forces which influence traditional valuation models and analyses. 
  • Managing Conflict in Family Business helps students gain both a conceptual understanding of conflict as well as learn practical tools for how to deal with it. 
  • Global Immersion: Nordic Family Enterprise delves into issues of macroeconomics, business trends, politics, culture, and family, and culminates in a trip to Sweden and Denmark for on-site visits with family business owners and advisors.

Global Immersion students in Denmark
Global Immersion students in Denmark Spring 2017

Previous courses have included Managing the Growing Company and two Global Immersion courses, one focused on Chile and the other on Austria, all taught by Co-director Michael Preston.

Additional courses are in development.