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2024/25 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

LUBS2028 Leading and Managing Small Businesses

10 creditsClass Size: 160

Module manager: Mariana Estrada-Robles

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2024/25

This module is approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This module is suitable for students from any discipline who are interested in learning more about leading and managing small and family businesses. It also provides students with the knowledge and skills to explore growth strategies in the context of small and family businesses and to understand their own skills and attributes in leading and managing these businesses. The module is interactive in delivery and uses discursive seminars for smaller groups (5 sessions), as well as introductory topic lectures (10 sessions). The module is delivered with a one hour lecture each week and a 2-hour interactive seminar every two weeks. Students also attend one evening panel session linked to the Discovery theme where all students can hear and participate in themed discussions.


This module will introduce students to the concepts of leading and managing small businesses, including family businesses. This module will present the peculiarity, importance and diversity of small businesses. The module should help students understand the specific approaches in leading, managing and growing small and family businesses by combining theory with practice. The module will also focus on the planning, resourcing and implementation that growth strategies require in these businesses. Learning will be supported through cases studies, workshops and guest speakers.

Learning outcomes
Upon completion of this module, students will be able to:
- Identify the specific characteristics and management processes of small and family businesses
- Explore leadership and growth in small and family businesses
- Evaluate internal aspects in small and/or family firms by analysing and assessing their current situation through the application of theories.


This is an indicative syllabus. Please also see the module outline for more details.
Topics may include:
- Small businesses, family businesses and entrepreneurship
- Distinctive nature of small and family businesses
- Small business management processes
- Leading small businesses and entrepreneurial teams
- Opportunities for growth
- Resources for business growth
- Planning and implementing growth
- Continuity and succession in family businesses

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours78.00
Total Contact hours22.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

After each introductory lecture session students are expected to prepare in their own time for the interactive activities in the subsequent linked workshop. Students will also undertake private study and independent learning through exploring the set readings, online materials, and other materials as directed by the module team. This private study and independent learning will support the student learning in the classroom.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Students will receive feedback through the seminar discussions that link to the activities set as preparation for the assessment. In addition there will be an opportunity to practice and receive feedback from case studies linking to the assessment.

Methods of assessment

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc) (S2)2 hr 00 mins100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)100.00

The resit for this module will be 100% by examination.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 29/04/2024 16:16:20


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