Program Announcement

The information below is based on the program offered in 2016, and does not reflect potential changes to faculty and course content for the 2017 course.

According to one Chinese proverb, "Wealth does not go beyond three generations." As family businesses in Greater China reach new growth stages, each leader envisions a proud future: a firm with an expanded scope that succeeds in delivering value and creating wealth for many generations to come. However, the strategies that helped to drive profits and mitigate risk in the past will not be sufficient to transform that future vision into reality. To overcome their challenges and sustain success, leaders must transform their family firms—strengthening governance, increasing innovation, and designing sound growth strategies that take advantage of local and global opportunities.

This new program—jointly offered by Guanghua School of Management, Peking University; Saïd Business School, University of Oxford; and Harvard Business School—will help you overcome the strategic and organizational challenges facing today's family businesses in Greater China. Exploring best practices from family firms in China and around the globe, you will improve your ability to build competitive advantage, optimize organizational performance, execute smooth leadership transitions, and create a stronger family business.

What You Can Expect

You will have a unique opportunity to study at three of the world's top universities—Peking University, University of Oxford, and Harvard University. Through a rich, three-module learning experience taking place on three continents, you will expand your ability to create the processes, structures, and strategies that drive growth.

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You will have a unique opportunity to study at three of the world's top universities—Peking University, University of Oxford, and Harvard University. Through a rich, three-module learning experience taking place on three continents, you will expand your ability to create the processes, structures, and strategies that drive growth.

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Your Course of Study

Taught in both Chinese and English with simultaneous translation, the intensive curriculum blends case studies drawn from China and around the world, faculty lectures, field-based learning, and guest speakers to illuminate your own family business's opportunities and challenges in a global context.

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Taught in both Chinese and English with simultaneous translation, the intensive curriculum blends case studies drawn from China and around the world, faculty lectures, field-based learning, and guest speakers to illuminate your own family business's opportunities and challenges in a global context.

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Who Is Right for the Program

Leading and Transforming Family Businesses—China is ideal for established Chinese family-run businesses from any industry that are reaching milestones in their growth and are seeking new strategies for long-term success. Individuals and teams from family-run businesses with Chinese origins operating in Mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, or overseas are encouraged to apply.

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Leading and Transforming Family Businesses—China is ideal for established Chinese family-run businesses from any industry that are reaching milestones in their growth and are seeking new strategies for long-term success. Individuals and teams from family-run businesses with Chinese origins operating in Mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, or overseas are encouraged to apply.

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The distinguished teaching faculty is drawn from Guanghua School of Management, Peking University; Saïd Business School, University of Oxford; and Harvard Business School. Through their research, teaching, and hands-on experience as business executives, consultants, and board directors, they remain connected to the global business community and make significant contributions to the practice of management.

Faculty Cochair
Professor Kirby serves as chairman of the Harvard China Fund and as faculty chair of the Harvard Center Shanghai. At Harvard, he has served as director of the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, chairman of the History Department, and dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. His latest book is Can China Lead?, co-authored with F. Warren McFarlan and Regina M. Abrami. His current research focuses on Chinese companies and consumer markets in the Xi Jinping era; the leadership potential of Chinese universities; and business, political, and cultural relations across Greater China.
Spangler Family Professor of Business Administration and T.M. Chang Professor of China Studies at Harvard University. Harvard University Distinguished Service Professor. Member of General Management Unit. Faculty cochair of "Leading and Transforming Family Businesses—China." Read Full Bio
Faculty Cochair
Professor Li is the Director of the National Center for Financial Research. Director, Peking University Case Research Center. Professor Jin is a member of the board and a member of the scientific committee, Global Corporate Governance Consortia. He taught at Harvard and Oxford for over a decade. Professor Jin is the recipient of the Chinese central government's "thousand talent plan: award and the U.K. government's "exceptional talent" award. A specialist in emerging market finance, he researches and teaches corporate finance, corporate governance, capital markets, and various related topics.
Chair Professor of Finance, cochair of the Finance Department, and Assistant Dean at Guanghua School of Management, Peking University. Read Full Bio
Faculty Cochair
Eric Thun's teaching and research focus on the dynamics of competition in emerging markets and the strategic challenges of global expansion. Professor Thun worked extensively on multinational strategies in China and on the globalization strategies of Chinese firms. He also has spoken on his research at the British Foreign & Commonwealth Office and has contributed to European Commission reports on development in China. Prior to coming to Oxford in 2005, he was on the faculty of Princeton University.
Peter Moores Associate Professor in Chinese Business at the Saïd Business School and a Fellow of Brasenose College, University of Oxford. Faculty co-chair of "Leading and Transforming Family Businesses." Read Full Bio

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The distinguished teaching faculty is drawn from Guanghua School of Management, Peking University; Saïd Business School, University of Oxford; and Harvard Business School. Through their research, teaching, and hands-on experience as business executives, consultants, and board directors, they remain connected to the global business community and make significant contributions to the practice of management.

William C. Kirby

Faculty Cochair
Spangler Family Professor of Business Administration and T.M. Chang Professor of China Studies at Harvard University. Harvard University Distinguished Service Professor. Member of General Management Unit. Faculty cochair of "Leading and Transforming Family Businesses—China."

Professor Kirby serves as chairman of the Harvard China Fund and as faculty chair of the Harvard Center Shanghai. At Harvard, he has served as director of the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, chairman of the History Department, and dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. His latest book is Can China Lead?, co-authored with F. Warren McFarlan and Regina M. Abrami. His current research focuses on Chinese companies and consumer markets in the Xi Jinping era; the leadership potential of Chinese universities; and business, political, and cultural relations across Greater China.  Read Full Bio

Jin, Li

Faculty Cochair
Chair Professor of Finance, cochair of the Finance Department, and Assistant Dean at Guanghua School of Management, Peking University.

Professor Li is the Director of the National Center for Financial Research. Director, Peking University Case Research Center. Professor Jin is a member of the board and a member of the scientific committee, Global Corporate Governance Consortia. He taught at Harvard and Oxford for over a decade. Professor Jin is the recipient of the Chinese central government's "thousand talent plan: award and the U.K. government's "exceptional talent" award. A specialist in emerging market finance, he researches and teaches corporate finance, corporate governance, capital markets, and various related topics.  Read Full Bio

Eric Thun

Faculty Cochair
Peter Moores Associate Professor in Chinese Business at the Saïd Business School and a Fellow of Brasenose College, University of Oxford. Faculty co-chair of "Leading and Transforming Family Businesses."

Eric Thun's teaching and research focus on the dynamics of competition in emerging markets and the strategic challenges of global expansion. Professor Thun worked extensively on multinational strategies in China and on the globalization strategies of Chinese firms. He also has spoken on his research at the British Foreign & Commonwealth Office and has contributed to European Commission reports on development in China. Prior to coming to Oxford in 2005, he was on the faculty of Princeton University.  Read Full Bio

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Admissions

Please submit your application at least four weeks before the program start date. Since qualified candidates are admitted on a rolling, space-available basis, early application is encouraged. Admission is selective and based on professional achievement and organizational responsibility. Because Executive Education programs enhance the leadership capacity of the participants as well as their organizations, HBS expects the full commitment of both. While participants are attending a program, sponsoring organizations agree to relieve them of their work responsibilities so that they can fully focus on the learning experience.

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Please submit your application at least four weeks before the program start date. Since qualified candidates are admitted on a rolling, space-available basis, early application is encouraged. Admission is selective and based on professional achievement and organizational responsibility. Because Executive Education programs enhance the leadership capacity of the participants as well as their organizations, HBS expects the full commitment of both. While participants are attending a program, sponsoring organizations agree to relieve them of their work responsibilities so that they can fully focus on the learning experience.

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Programs, dates, fees, and faculty are subject to change.

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