Undergraduate Business Courses

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At CalSouthern, you have the option of enrolling in a course without committing to a degree program. It’s a fantastic way to get a feel for the CalSouthern online learning experience before enrolling. You can apply the credits you earn to a CalSouthern bachelor’s degree program, or, since CalSouthern is regionally accredited, the credits are readily transferable into a bachelor’s program at another institution, as well.* Or, maybe you simply want to gain college-level knowledge and expertise in a topic area of interest to you.

Choose from any of the undergraduate courses in CalSouthern’s School of Business. A vast selection of subjects are available, on topics as diverse as business communication, marketing, finance, human resources and international business.

Getting started is quick and easy. No entrance exams are required and you don’t have to provide official transcripts. Courses start every month and you’ll never encounter a closed course or waiting list!

*Although credits from regionally accredited institutions like CalSouthern are readily accepted by other universities, acceptance is at the discretion of the receiving institution.

Undergraduate Business Courses

ENT 2106 Family Business Management

Credits : 3

In this course, the student explores why family businesses make up many of the organizations in today’s economy. Family businesses are different from small businesses, because of their interactions between family members, plus, multiple roles each member plays in the family business. This course examines the characteristics differentiating family business from other forms of small business, plus, how to cope with various issues and capitalization problems. The student also examines relevant managerial skills, family and business life cycles, impacts on family values, and wealth management distribution.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Discuss family business theories and the Discovery Action Research project.
  • Explore roles of family unity and policies in a successful family business.
  • Explore family-controlled firms and shareholder governance.
  • Discuss shareholder liquidity, next generation members, and change agents.
  • Discuss the role of the family business CEO, their spouse, and common types.
  • Explain strategic planning, zero-sum dynamics, and primary sources of value.
  • Define the roles of estate planning and the process of recapitalizing common stock.
  • Discuss buy-sell agreement, valuation approaches, and financial metrics.
  • Evaluate the role of family member and non-family member communication loops.
  • Discuss the role of governance and non-family managers’ ability to set high standards.
  • Define family meetings and family councils.
  • Explain the impact of conflicts and relationship cutoffs on family communications.
  • Discuss next generation leader and cultural changes.
  • Describe the change process and commitment planning process.
  • Review the types of governance bodies and customer-centri paradigm.
  • Discuss the role of centennial family companies.
  • Introduce self and explain course expectations.
  • Integrate the course concepts through interaction with other Learners and your Mentor.
  • Access information efficiently and effectively.
  • Evaluate information critically and competently.
  • Practices ethical behavior in regard to information and information technology.
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