In a business environment characterized by intense competition and complex dynamics, family-owned companies face unique challenges. During this program, you'll learn how to leverage the strengths of family business management and successfully implement practices that drive high performance, shareholder loyalty—and healthy family relationships.

What You Can Expect

Through classroom sessions and dynamic family interaction, this leadership development program will help you formulate strategies for critical issues, such as management succession, ownership control, and shareholder relationships. You'll also explore ways to distribute wealth to benefit the family and the business, develop an effective board of directors, and implement strategies for growing the company while maintaining family control.

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Through classroom sessions and dynamic family interaction, this leadership development program will help you formulate strategies for critical issues, such as management succession, ownership control, and shareholder relationships. You'll also explore ways to distribute wealth to benefit the family and the business, develop an effective board of directors, and implement strategies for growing the company while maintaining family control.

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Your Course of Study

Led by experts in family business, this Executive Education program provides effective strategies that your family can use to address its unique business challenges and family goals. Professional facilitators will work privately with you to create a customized plan that positions your company—and your family—for ongoing success.

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Led by experts in family business, this Executive Education program provides effective strategies that your family can use to address its unique business challenges and family goals. Professional facilitators will work privately with you to create a customized plan that positions your company—and your family—for ongoing success.

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Who Is Right for the Program

This highly personalized program is designed for groups of four or more family members representing both genders and two generations. You'll interact with a range of participants from different countries and industries who all share one thing in common: the desire to shape their family's future.

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This highly personalized program is designed for groups of four or more family members representing both genders and two generations. You'll interact with a range of participants from different countries and industries who all share one thing in common: the desire to shape their family's future.

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Every Harvard Business School Executive Education program is developed and taught by HBS faculty who are widely recognized as skilled educators, groundbreaking researchers, and award-winning authors. Through publishing, consulting, and teaching, HBS faculty leverage their business expertise and field-based research to develop enduring concepts that shape the practice of management. The result is an Executive Education teaching team whose groundbreaking insights challenge participants' thinking and enable them to become superior business leaders.

Faculty Cochair
Senior Fellow, Senior Director, Executive Education. Faculty cochair of "Families in Business: From Generation to Generation." Read Full Bio
Faculty Cochair
Senior Lecturer of Business Administration. Member of the Technology and Operations Management Unit; and faculty cochair of "Families in Business: From Generation to Generation." Read Full Bio

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Every Harvard Business School Executive Education program is developed and taught by HBS faculty who are widely recognized as skilled educators, groundbreaking researchers, and award-winning authors. Through publishing, consulting, and teaching, HBS faculty leverage their business expertise and field-based research to develop enduring concepts that shape the practice of management. The result is an Executive Education teaching team whose groundbreaking insights challenge participants' thinking and enable them to become superior business leaders.

David L. Ager

Faculty Cochair
Senior Fellow, Senior Director, Executive Education. Faculty cochair of "Families in Business: From Generation to Generation."

Christina R. Wing

Faculty Cochair
Senior Lecturer of Business Administration. Member of the Technology and Operations Management Unit; and faculty cochair of "Families in Business: From Generation to Generation."

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Admissions

The Admissions Committee meets monthly, and admits qualified candidates on a rolling, space available basis. Early application is strongly encouraged. Although there are no formal educational requirements, proficiency in written and spoken English is essential. 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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The Admissions Committee meets monthly, and admits qualified candidates on a rolling, space available basis. Early application is strongly encouraged. Although there are no formal educational requirements, proficiency in written and spoken English is essential. 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.

In accordance with Harvard University policy, Harvard Business School does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, sex or sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, age, national or ethnic origin, political beliefs, veteran status, or disability in admission to, access to, treatment in, or employment in its programs and activities.

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