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Wendel International Centre for Family Enterprise


The Wendel International Centre for Family Enterprise enables INSEAD to run events and educational programmes that benefit family firms across the globe. The Centre has also adopted a wider advocacy role by raising awareness and understanding of the importance of family enterprise as a business model: not only are family firms in their many forms the most prevalent type of companies worldwide - they are also proven to be among the most successful in the long-term.


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17 - 20 October 2016 - Value Creation For Owners And Directors, Abu Dhabi


7 – 8 November 2016: Forum on Chinese Family Business Inheritance, Beijing


21 January 2016 - Family Enterprise Day, Singapore


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Owner-Management in Denmark - The Owner-Managers And The Transfer Of Ownership

Morten Bennedsen og Kasper Meisner Nielsen, May 2016

Ejerledelse i Danmark - Ejerlederne og ejerskiftet - in Danish The report is intended for owner-managers in Danish businesses as well as accountants, consultants and other stakeholders in owner-managed businesses in Denmark. The report aims to inspire and provide information that is valuable in the planning of the future of owner-managed businesses.

Owner-Management in Denmark - The Financial Consequences Of A Transfer Of Ownership In Denmark

Morten Bennedsen and Kasper Meisner Nielsen, April 2016

Ejerledelse i Dammark - de økonomiske konsekvenser af ejerskifte i Danmark - in Danish

In this second report under the title "Owner-Management in Denmark" Professor Morten Bennedsen and Professor Kasper Meisner Nielsen uncover the number of changes of managing directors and ownership changes in owner-managed businesses in Denmark since 1995, and how many to expect in the future. The report also examines the financial impacts that the changes in management and ownership have had on the businesses. The report states among other things, that most changes occur at management levels, i.e either through a professionalization with new directors from outside of the business but without a change of ownership, or in preparation for a succession as new family members enter the management of the business, and that the profit margin of the business declines with successions.

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창업자 가문 출신 CEO는 월급 적다고 관두지 않아… 오히려 더 열정, 승계 분쟁 땐 외부 인재와 경쟁시켜라 (A founding family CEO works more passionately. Allow competition with non-family members to solve succession disputes)

ChosunBiz - 15 October 2016

Professor Randel Carlock shares from his years of experience on family business growth strategies and ways to overcome disputes.   


Dossier Famille en affaires - Comment instaurer des processus de décision équitable - In French only

Revue Gestion, Christine Blondel - Autum 2016

Family businesses are places where fairness is both highly necessary and difficult to assess. Some processes can ensure that every family member feels fairly treated.


Losing the Battle for Dow Jones

INSEAD Knowledge, Morten Bennedsen - 2 September 2016

Enduring family businesses cannot rely on history; each new generation must remain active and committed if the firm is to stay relevant and strong.


Steering a Carmaker out of a Crisis

INSEAD Knowledge, Morten Bennedsen - 18 August 2016

In times of corporate crisis well-cultivated family assets can be the definitive factor in a company’s turnaround.


Innovation Should Always Be Rooted In The Core DNA Of Owner-Managers

Morten Bennedsen, Brian Henry, South China Morning Post - 5 August 2016

How founders passed on the diversification baton to the next generation? Get sustainable and innovative examples! Siemens, VanEeghen, Toyota...


The Growth Of The Family Business Club

Family Capital - 2 August 2016

If you’re about to go off and study for an MBA with an emphasis on family business studies, it might be a good idea to look at whether the university you want to attend has a family business club.


Interview on Family Business 

Lily Saiko Fukushima, Nikkei Top Leader – 1 August 2016 


Η απίστευτη ζωή της Margarita Louis-Dreyfus – Μιας από τις πλουσιότερες γυναίκες στον κόσμο - The incredible life of Margarita Louis-Dreyfus - One of the richest women in the world - In Greek only

Ιωάννα Δημηλά - 22 July 2016


Innovation Drives INSEAD Alumni

Brian Henry, Salamander Magazine - 12 July 2016

More than 60 participants, including current INSEAD MBA students and invited guests, attended the all-day seminar sponsored...


Family Capital's 10 Great Reads For The Summer

David Bain, Family Capital - 12 July 2016

Get in this article ten recent family business releases which are well worth getting hold of.


China’s Newly Rich Courted By International Private Banks

Alun John, South China Morning Post - 10 July 2016

About 3.9 million mainland Chinese families will be classified as wealthy by 2020 Credit Suisse, survey says


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