New Tools for the Management of Family Businesses

Program Presentation

The specialization in New Tools for the Management of Family Businesses aims to contribute to the development, progress and continuity of the family business, through the training of highly qualified professionals in understanding and making decisions when facing the daily growing needs of the property, business and family management.

This type of business method constitutes much of the economy of the countries worldwide, and so this specialization seeks a commitment from its professionals, for the development of solutions within the businesses and communities in which they operates.

Since the mid 80's, family businesses began to take an important place in the field of research, for which today there are tools for the immediate applications for the proper functioning of the same, such as the structures of governance and family protocol. Consequently, the specialist in family businesses is a basic element for achieving the objectives of the family business; they are the ones who approach the company from an integral perspective, outline the governance’s structure, the family protocol and help in establishing an organizational culture by adjusting tools that are immediately applicable at the management and human level. In this way, the training received throughout this study provides a comprehensive view.

The specialization has updated theoretical fundamentals and training programs of this nature. Through the pedagogical articulation of the theoretical fundamentals and case studies within the application space of people management, the participant will be able to use the tools, techniques and basic procedures in the design, the implementation of policies and the best management practices of family businesses.

Who is the programme for?

The program is aimed at professionals from different disciplines who are linked to the business sector who wish to deepen and consolidate their knowledge in Family Business; It is also aimed at those who occupy a position within the Family Business, or who intend to serve as advisers to family businesses at a local, regional or national level.

Diploma

Diplomas will be issued by the University where the student was enrolled under the sponsorship of the Ibero-American University Foundation (FUNIBER).

Program Structure

Estimated time for the completion of the New Tools for the Management of Family Businesses is 420 horas (42 credits) 1.

Regarding study time allocations it is established that:

  •  Being an Online Program and not being subjected to traditional class attendance, there is no established initial date so that the student can enroll at any time subject to available spaces 
  • For academic and educational reasons a minimum Program duration of at least nine months is required.
  • Maximum time limit to complete the course is twelve months. During this period of time, the student must have delivered all course evaluating activities and approve the Final Specialization Project.

The credit structure for the New Tools for the Management of Family Businesses Program is contained in the following table:

  CREDITSa LENGTHb HOURS
Part 1: Courses 32 9 320
Part 2: Final Specialization Project 10 3 100

a. Credit equivalence may vary according to the University granting the degree.
b.Length in months

Objectives

General Objective:

  • Train Specialists in Family Businesses, with the capacity to promote the management and continuity of this type of business, performing a holistic accompanying from the areas of the company itself and the family, as a collaborator, consultant or any other figure that applies.

Specific Objectives:

  • Provide theoretical and methodological elements for an integral comprehension of the entrepreneurial family and the family business 
  • Develop the skills for decision making and the formulation of solutions to the present needs and their possible mediation in the spheres related to ownership, the family protocol and the family business.
  • Know and use the most recent of tools, techniques and fundamental procedures in the sphere of Family Business management.
  • Apply the capabilities and skills developed in the course, allowing a global strategic vision of Family Bussiness management.
  • Become acquainted with other general aspects for the integral management of the family business: environments, excellence and project management.

Career Opportunities

The professional specialist in New Tools for the Management of Family Businesses actively participates in his environs as in the following instances:

  • Management of Family Businesses.
  •  Members of the Board of Directors of Family Businesses.
  •  Family Business consultants.

Study Plan

The specialization program in New Tools for the Management of Family Businesses consists of 11 subjects and a Final Course Work or Project called Final Specialization Project.

  • Part 1: Subjects (320 hours)

Subjects allow the knowledge and understanding of the concepts used in the management of the family business, in the areas of proprietorship, family protocol and entrepreneurship. Similarly, they center on the application of tools, techniques and fundamental procedures that allow an integral approach to the common problems of family businesses.

Its goal is to obtain an overall view of the subject that adequately prepares specialists for a better performance in their field.

The subjects and corresponding credits that make up the program are shown in the following table:

NEW TOOLS FOR THE MANAGEMENT OF FAMILY BUSINESSES  
SUBJECTS HOURS
Concept and characteristics of Family Businesses 30
Culture and Organizational Climate in Family Businesses 25
Succession and Continuity in Family Businesses 30
The Systematic Focus Applied to Conflict in Family Businesses 30
Professionalization of Family Businesses 30
Government structures and bodies 30
The Family Protocol 30
Property Management in Family Businesses 20
Key Factors for Success in Family Businesses 25
Creation and Internationalization of Family Businesses 30
Basic Legal Aspects of Family Businesses 40
TOTAL 320
  • Part 2: Final Course Project (100 hours)

The last phase of the program will be assigned to the writing of the Final Specialization Work which will be a monograph on a subject studied in the course and applied to the student’s background.

Part 2: Final Course Project (100 hours)
Final Course Project

Management

  • Dra. Silvia Aparicio.
    Doctora en Ciencias Económicas por la Universidad Autónoma de Madrid y Licenciada en Administración y Dirección de Empresas por la Universidad de Cantabria. Directora Académica Internacional del Área de Desarrollo Directivo, Organización Empresarial y Recursos Humanos de la Fundación Universitaria Iberoamericana, FUNIBER.
  • Dr. Salvador Rus Rufino
    Doctor in Philosophy, from the University of Navarra. Doctor in History from the University of León. Professor at the University of León. Director of the Department of History of Family Business, University of León.
  • Dra. Cristina Hidalgo González
    Doctor in Business Administration. Quality Control from the University of Leon, Spain. Associate professor in the Applied Economics Department at the University of Leon.
  • Dra (c). Carmen Lilí Rodríguez Velasco
    Doctorate in Education, International Ibero-american University (in process). Master in Occupational Psychology and Organization at the University of Havana, Cuba. International Academic Coordinator from the Management Development Area, Business Organization and Human Resources, FUNIBER.
  • Dra (c). Andrea Gutiérrez Jiménez
    Doctoral in Projects, International Ibero-american University (in process). Masters in Human Resources and Knowledge Management at the University of León, Spain. Program Coordinator and Professor of FUNIBER

Teaching staff and Authors

  • Dr. Manuel Maeda Takeuchi. Professor of Engineering Programs and Business Administration, University of Piura, Peru. Management Experience in Administration, Corporate Projects, Operations Management and Administration and Finance. 
  • Dr. Salvador Rus Rufino.Doctor in Philosophy University of Navarra. Doctor in History from the University of León. Associate Professor at the University of León. Director of the History of Family Business Department, University of León. 
  • Dra. Cristina Hidalgo González. Doctor in Business Administration. Quality Control from the University of Leon, Spain. Associate professor in the Applied Economics Department at the University of Leon.
  • Dr. Francisco J. Hidalgo Trujillo. Doctor in Project Engineering: Environment, Safety, Quality and Communications from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia. Company advisor and consultant. Strategic process analyst and business development.
  • Dr. Rubén Calderón Iglesias.Doctor in Economics from the University Antonio de Nebrija, Spain. Professor at the Ibero-americana International University. 
  • Dra (c). Julién Brito Ballester.Doctor in Projects, Ibero-american International University (in process). Master in Occupational and Organizational Psychology from the University of Havana, Cuba. Master in Human Resources Management from the Autonomous University of Barcelona. Master in Systemic Coaching from the Autonomous University of Barcelona. International Consultant and Expert in Human Resource Management, Training, Development and Professional Skill. 
  • Dra (c). Andrea Gutiérrez Jiménez. Doctorate in Projects, Ibero-american International University (in process). Masters in Human Resources and Knowledge Management at the University of León, Spain. Program Coordinator and Professor at FUNIBER.
  • Dra (c). Carmen Mary González Fernández. Doctorate in Projects from the Ibero-american International University (in process). Masters in Family Business Strategic Management from the University of León, Spain. Process consultant. Family businesswoman. Professor at FUNIBER.
  • Dr (c). Diego J. Kurtz. Doctor in Engineering and Knowledge Management from the PPGEGC – UFSC (in process). Master in International Business - Wiesbaden Business School, Germany. Researcher in the Core Management for Sustainability (www.ngs.ufsc.br) and Junior Researcher of the Dynamic SME Project (www.dynamic-sme.org). Program Coordinator and Professor at FUNIBER.
  • Dra (c). Diana Patricia Cortés Díaz. Doctor in Projects, from the Ibero-american International University (in process). Master in Human Resources and Knowledge Management from the University of Leon, Spain. Consultant specializing in Labor Law and Social Security. Program Coordinator and Professor at FUNIBER. 
  • Dra (c). Carmen Lilí Rodríguez Velasco. Doctor in Education, from the Ibero-american International University (in process). Master in Occupational and Organizational Psychology from the University of Havana, Cuba. Academic Coordinator of the International Management Development Area, Business Organization and Human Resources at FUNIBER.
  • Ms. María Eugenia Luna Borgaro. Master in Human Resource and Knowledge Management from the University of Leon, Spain. Expert on Human Resource Management and Management Skills. Professor at FUNIBER.

FUNIBER Training Scholarships

The Iberoamerican University Foundation (FUNIBER) periodically delivers an economic baseline with extraordinary character for FUNIBER scholarships.

To apply for it, you only need to send your application for a scholarship on the website’s main page with the required data, and the evaluation committee will examine the suitability of your candidature to be granted economic aid, in the form of a FUNIBER scholarship.