Academic Programs

For more than 35 years Oregon State’s Center for Family Enterprise has developed deep relationships with Oregon’s family-owned enterprises and the professionals who advise them. Business growth, renewal, succession, and exit planning are vital to these enterprises that also are noted as great workplaces for employees, community leadership and resource stewardship. The family business option or minor can be your career advantage whether you are working in your family’s company, working for another’s family business, or planning to build a career in financial services wherein family businesses can be your best clients.

Option. Part of the business administration major in the College of Business in order for students to gain specialized knowledge in the area of family business.

Minor. Students majoring in fields inside and outside of business can choose to earn a minor in family business and should check with their academic advisor to build their program.

Both the option and the minor are available online as well as through hybrid courses for Corvallis campus students.


BA 365 Family Business Management Online Course

Focuses on the opportunities and the problems inherent in family businesses: entrepreneurship, management succession, transfer of ownership, mixing family and business roles, family conflicts, personnel issues, and the roles of non-family employees and outside advisors.

BA 463 Family Enterprise Governance

Explores and analyzes family enterprise governance practices. Addresses the governance of established family enterprises as distinct from publicly-held firms. Examines succession, stewardship, conflict resolution, communications, legal, and financial aspects, estate planning, strategy, philanthropy and other topics that drive successful family enterprise governance.