The Art of the Italian Family Business

Florence University of the Arts and Apicius International School of Hospitality

Course Description

  • Course Name

    The Art of the Italian Family Business

  • Host University

    Florence University of the Arts and Apicius International School of Hospitality

  • Location

    Florence, Italy

  • Area of Study

    Family Studies, Nutrition and Food Science

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

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    Hours & Credits

  • Credits

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

    Family enterprises have always been central to the social and economic fabric of Italy. Some of the world's oldest family companies are Italian and the city of Florence represents a very important starting point for some of these. The course will explore the evolution, characteristics and significance of Italian family firms and it will also analyze the changes and trends in Italian family business over the centuries and how this system with 2,000 years of history behind is reacting to an age of increasing European unity and integration, mass immigration to Italy, globalization and competition with China and India. The first part of the course will give an overview of the history of family-owned firms from the Roman empire to the present day and their role in the social, political and economic life of Italy. The second part will consider case studies in different sectors: wine and food, fashion, the automobile industry and the hospitality sector. Field trips to family enterprises in and around Florence are an integral part of the course.

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