Family Business

University College Dublin

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Family Business

  • Host University

    University College Dublin

  • Location

    Dublin, Ireland

  • Area of Study

    Human Development and Family Studies

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


    ISA offers course level recommendations in an effort to facilitate the determination of course levels by credential evaluators.We advice each institution to have their own credentials evaluator make the final decision regrading course levels.

    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    This module will discuss the processes and issues involved in creating new business opportunities for family owned firms. The module is based on the premise that there is a very identifiable process involved in recognising and evaluating opportunities for family firms, that it is possible for you to think your way through the process in an active way and to develop a defensible feasibility study for a unique business opportunity. Family businesses represent between 75% and 90% of all firms in Western economies. While these organisations face many comparable challenges as nonfamily firms, family firms are very often challenged by the lack of innovation and creativity. This module is designed and developed to cultivate an awareness of the inestimable opportunities that are available for exploitation, within any competitive market environment. This will be achieved by concentrating on the cognitive foundations that are crucial for enhancing innovation and opportunity recognition in. An atmosphere conducive to encouraging interactive creativity will permeate the module and a variety of techniques, tools and exercises will be employed to enhance your idea generating abilities. In doing so the task of envisioning and conceiving novel concepts should become easier.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits are converted to semester credits/quarter units differently among U.S. universities. Students should confirm the conversion scale used at their home university when determining credit transfer.

Please reference fall and spring course lists as not all courses are taught during both semesters.

Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.


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