Wendel International Centre for Family Enterprise 

Improving the long-term performance and sustainability of family enterprises

 

 

 

Our Mission & Expertise 

 

 

  

With more than 20 years of expertise in the unique dynamics of family enterprises, the Wendel International Centre for Family Enterprise (WICFE) is a leading international resource for family business. In 1997, the Wendel family founded the Large Family Firm Chair and INSEAD offered our first Family Business MBA elective. Since then we have been continuously generating research and sharing knowledge that benefits family businesses.

Research is at the base of all our centre activities. Generating knowledge about old and young, small and large family businesses from around the globe provides us with new content to share at our various events. Whether it is understanding the uniqueness of family firms, their impact on regional economies or how to solve the challenges of generational transition, our research is the key to remain a world-leading centre for family enterprises

Our events and educational programmes benefit family firms around the globe. The INSEAD Wendel Centre for Family Enterprise has adopted a wider advocacy role by raising awareness and understanding of the importance of family enterprise as a business model: family firms represent the most prevalent type of companies worldwide. Family firms are capable of outperforming other firms and they are proven to be among the most successful in the long-term. 

Our mission is to improve family firms' long-term performance through tailored programmes and activities. We hope you will take advantage of our resources and we look forward to welcoming you to INSEAD.

Morten Bennedsen
Academic Director of the INSEAD Wendel International Centre for Family Enterprise, The André and Rosalie Hoffmann Chaired Professor of Family Enterprise

In the Spotlight

 

Programmes

 

Executive Education Programmes

Our teaching is based on global research and case stories about real businesses.

The international nature of INSEAD creates a unique environment, allowing a rich source of teaching material and a wide sharing of experiences.

Personal discovery, application and attention to individual participation are encouraged in the curriculum, making the courses closer to participants' preoccupations.

In addition to our excellent academic education, we guide our students continuously along the learning process. As they apply new strategies, we facilitate sharing experiences and feedback from experts, advisors and peers.

Programmes useful to family businesses

MBA Elective

As part of your MBA, you can choose one of our Family and Privately Owned Businesses elective, which enables you to understand and address issues unique to families in business, such as ownership, succession, and family relations.

Based on real cases, there is a strong focus on experiential learning. Personal discovery, application and attention to individual participation are encouraged.

Family and Privately Owned Businesses Elective

PhD Programme

We offer a specialisation in the field of Family Business to our PhD candidates at INSEAD.

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Company Specific Programmes / Tailor-made Programmes

At INSEAD, our specialist family business faculty have extensive experience creating tailor-made programmes for family businesses.

For family firms, these programmes offer a confidential environment and an opportunity to cater to specific needs.

For other businesses working with family firms, programmes can be designed to offer a better understanding of the challenges and unique dynamics of family-owned businesses, and better ways to work with them.

Get in touch with us to find out more

Research & Publications

 

 

Research is at the base of all our centre activities. Generating knowledge about old and young, small and large family businesses from around the globe provides us with new content to share at our various events. Whether it is understanding the uniqueness of family firms, their impact on regional economies or how to solve the challenges of generational transition, our research is the key to remain a world-leading centre for family enterprises.

Read the latest INSEAD family business research

 

 

Events

 

"Our global networking platform brings together family business members and researchers interested in learning from one another. We organise a variety of interesting and enjoyable events and invite you to become part of the vibrant INSEAD family business community."

MBA Family Business Club

 

 

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The MBA Family Business Club at INSEAD has been created to foster a community of students interested in Family Business. This includes students who have worked in family business or are interested to have their own family business or work with family business.
The central idea is that the family business is often a unique organization that comes with its own benefits and challenges. One has to understand, appreciate and work hard to maintain the legacy of family businesses.

Get in touch with the Club 

Who we are

 

Core Team

 

Morten Bennedsen

 Academic Director of the Wendel International Centre for Family Enterprise
The André and Rosalie Hoffmann Chaired Professor of Family Enterprise

 

 

Lise Møller

Executive Director of the Wendel International Centre for Family Enterprise

Margy Fuller

Programme Advisor

Nathalie Bogacz Poyen

Family Business Relationship Manager

Nathalie Gérard

Centre Assistant 

Brian Henry

Research Fellow

Contributing Faculty

 

Christine Blondel

Adjunct Professor of Family Enterprise

 

Randel Carlock

The Berghmans Lhoist Chaired Professor in Entrepreneurial Leadership 

Massimo Massa

Professor of Finance; The Rothschild Chaired Professor of Banking; 

Ludo Van Der Heyden

Professor of Technology and Operations Management; The INSEAD Chaired Professor of Corporate Governance

Rose Luo Xiaowei

Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship and Family Enterprise

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