Nine Executive MBA students are about to expand their horizons as they fly to Italy for a 10-day study tour.
The students have all chosen to study the Family Business stream as part of their degree and will be getting firsthand knowledge from some of Italy’s well-respected, family-owned businesses.
Students will visit wineries, shoe makers, olive oil producers, appliance manufacturers and other key Italian companies to get an understanding of the business and meet with family representatives in management positions.
Associate Professor Justin Craig said the study tour was an opportunity to build on previous family business subjects by continuing to explore the unique challenges and strengths of family businesses.
“While family businesses worldwide share many common issues, there are also some noted differences that emanate from cultural contexts. The study tour provides our students with the opportunity to get an in-depth understanding of the differences and how they can affect leadership of a family business,” said Dr Craig.
“Many of our students are already in management positions in family businesses, so having the opportunity to discuss business strategies with other managers is invaluable.”
Family business is a key study area at Bond, with the University founding the Australian Centre for Family Business in 1994. This internationally recognised research centre conducts research that guides the development of executive education within the family business sector.
For more information about studying family business at Bond, visit www.bond.edu.au/family-business.