Idea Exchange: All in the Family

The Idea An EMBA for family businesses that sends students to visit their classmates' own…

Georgia (Jan 17, 2014)The Idea
An EMBA for family businesses that sends students to visit their classmates' own family-run firms. 


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Coles College of Business at Kennesat State University in Georgia

A Different Dynamic
In 2009, Coles College launched ist 18-month, five-semester Executive MBA for Families in Business for managers of family-owned operations. The program integrates topics such as family dynamics, conflict resolution, and succession plans. These issues are so unique to these businesses that some studnets already have general MBA degrees. 

"Public companies think in terms of quarterly results," says Joe Astrachan, executive director of the school's Cox Family Enterprise Center. "Most family companies think long term. Survival tends to be the ultimate goal, not quarterly profits. These executives need a curricululm that reflects their realities." …



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