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July 1, 2007

Family Business MBAs are becoming more and more common across Europe. But how do they compare with a regular MBA? And is it better for students to specialise or to learn about the entire business world? Gordon Cairns finds out …

Gordon Cairns is a freelance journalist based in the UK.

Family Business MBAs are becoming more and more common across Europe. But how do they compare with a regular MBA? And is it better for students to specialise or to learn about the entire business world? Gordon Cairns finds out …

November 1, 2003

The University of Gloucestershire embarked on a new programme in 2003 – the first ever MBA dedicated to family business.

The University of Gloucestershire embarked on a new programme in 2003 – the first ever MBA dedicated to family business. It's been a success, from both the students' points of view as well as the university's and the inaugural class has achieved the highest grade point average of any MBA group at the university thus far. Suzy Bibko had a chance to chat with the students and the course's director, John Tucker, about the programme.

January 1, 2002

Family businesses are especially vulnerable to emotional biases that create ‘untouchables’ – people with lifetime tenure in the firm regardless of performance. No family business can eliminate emotions, but a few tips from university tenure systems can help ensure the ‘untouchables’ will be contributing to the firm’s success

Recently, my 19-year-old daughter came home from university for a visit. Over the weekend we talked about a central concern in her life – 'I need more money'– and a central concern in mine – 'how are you doing in school?' Though she got the predictable answer from me – 'No'– I got a little more than the usual – 'I'm doing OK' – from her.

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