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Managing the Family Business

Family business management is an important topic, as family businesses constitute a significant segment of the global economy. Worldwide around 80% of all businesses are classified as “family businesses.”

This course is directed at students who are members of a family with established business interests, will likely find themselves working for a family-owned firm, and/or might be associated with such organizations in a professional capacity through such roles as accountant, lawyer, banker, or consultant.  

Find full course description in the course catalogue.    



The grade for the course consists of two parts:

  • Coursework counting app. 40 %
  • 3-hour written exam counting app. 60 %

The written exam is online and presence in Aarhus is not nescessary.

Admission Requirements

Course specific:

A Bachelor's degree in Economics and Business Administration or a related degree    


Exchange Students: nomination from your home university

Freemovers: documentation for English Language proficiency

You can read more about the admission here.


Julia K. de Groote


Academic profile


Julia de Groote is Assistant Professor in Family Business Management at University of Bern, Switzerland. Her main academic interests are Innovation, Family Business Management, Leadership, and Managerial and Organizational Cognition.