Ulysses Contest – Digital student competition on family business

June 2021 – today

Research team: Prof. Alfredo De Massis, Dr. Francesco Debellis, Dr. Marco Mismetti, Dr. Michele Pinelli, Dr. Emanuela Rondi, Dr. Paola Rovelli

External partners: University of Szeged, Management Center Innsbruck, University of Vienna, Univations Gmbh, Agentur fundus

The Ulysses Contest is an ERASMUS+ programme aimed to organize a digital case study competition based on cases from family firms in Austria, Italy and Hungary. The competition will give students the opportunity to transfer theoretical knowledge into practice and to work in a team to create a solution proposal for a current problem in a family business.

The project is developed by the Centre for Family Business Management in collaboration with University of Szeged, Management Center Innsbruck, University of Vienna, Univations Gmbh and Agentur fundus.

For more information visit: https://www.ulysses-contest.eu/

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Press release

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20.06.2022 | Things you didn’t know about case studies – Part 2

What is the uniqueness of family firms and their case studies?

Especially in the family business field, case studies allow to provide a deeper understanding of family firms’ specific features and differences in their decision-making process in contrast with non-family counterparts.

The Ulysses consortium has already received the consent of several important family businesses in various sectors – such as tourism, wine and high-tech – to provide information and availability for the development of case studies to be used in the Ulysses competition.

The existing case studies cover some of the main topics of research in the field of family business, such as:

  • Succession planning
  • Family conflicts
  • International entrepreneurship
  • Values, identity and leadership
  • Innovation and dynamic capabilities
  • Resilience in disruptive times (e.g., Covid-19)

… and many other ideas are on the way, so stay tuned!

13.06.2022 | Things you didn’t know about case studies – Part 1

What is a case study?

A teaching case study is a snapshot of a management situation that presents a problem, a challenge or an opportunity faced by an organization. The decision-maker, such as an executive, a manager, or an entrepreneur, is the protagonist of the case.

By reading and examining the situation from a particular organization member’s perspective, students will identify with the organization and feel the urge to solve the problem.

The business case studies will touch upon different aspects of the real life in family businesses. But they will all have some common aspects. In particular, they will be specific, general and urgent:

  • Specific, because the decision focus of the case study should be situation-specific and concrete.
  • General, because the decision focus of the case study should also support a deeper and broader discussion and serve as a general lesson on how to approach similar issues.
  • Urgent, because the decision focus of the case study should be of immediate importance.

23.05.2022 | Get ready to take active part in solving real-life family business issues

Family businesses are key economic actors all over the World. Within the framework of the Ulysses contest, students can now help family-owned companies of 3 different countries (Hungary, Italy and Austria) to solve real-life issues in an international online competition.

As members of an international team, students will solve case studies that present the issues and challenges of these real family businesses, having a risk-free try at experiencing situations that those who start and run a business must cope with. In so doing, students can learn about the operation of family businesses in practice, as well as gain international insights as the contest involves firms from three countries.

15.03.2022 | First press release now available

It is time to spread the word about the Ulysses Contest!

To do so, we have prepared a first press release (available in English, German, Italian and Hungarian) which can now be found in the download section of the project website or downloaded here below.

06.12.2021 | The Ulysses video is out!

We proudly present our first Ulysses video which nicely explains what the Ulysses contest is all about! Watch the video to find out about our mission, goals, challenges and – most importantly – how students, lecturers and family firms can benefit from it!

01.12.2021 | Join us on our social media channels!

Of course, a digital student competition needs its own social media channels to get known and out into this world! Have your pick and spread the word in your favorite social media channel.

If you have any further questions, send us a DM or drop us an email at info@ulysses-contest.eu

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