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STRT-447 Family Enterprises: Issues and Solutions (Winter quarter)

The intent of the course is to master and extend state of the art thinking on family firm success factors and continuity across generations. The course is intended primarily for students from business-owning families, whether they plan to work in the business or not. The course is also appropriate for families who invest or conduct philanthropic activities together. Topics range from generational transition to family dynamics to strategic differentiators of family firms. Students engage in a variety of learning formats including live case discussions, guest speakers, a simulation an exploration of their family enterprise and an investigation of personal management style. The class incorporates latest business trends and their impact in the family firm context.

Family Enterprise Club (FEC)

The student-run Family Enterprise Club aims to develop the awareness of and interest in the "Family Enterprise" dimension of business within and beyond the Kellogg Community. The Kellogg Family Enterprise Club activities include consulting, support, social events, keynote speakers, networking, and access to relevant materials, all of which represent the Club's foundations.

Click here for the FEC website on Kellogg CampusGroups.

Mentoring Circles

The John L. Ward Center for Family Enterprises (CFE) is pleased to offer family business students the opportunity to engage in meaningful small group discussions called mentoring circles. The mentoring circles are guided by CFE alumni and veteran family business leaders. These facilitators are leaders in their professions who willingly share their knowledge and experience to enrich the lives of family business students. All Kellogg students from a family enterprise are encouraged to participate.

The groups are limited in size (3-5 students to 1 mentor), so that all participants will have the opportunity to discuss, dissect, contribute, and learn. The informality of the gatherings further contributes to rich and robust discussions. Groups will be sorted by topical interests and will meet at least 3 times over the course of the quarter.