Welcome to INSEAD Wendel International Centre for Family Enterprise
Numbers at a glance
4000+Family business community members
5Events (in-person and online) a year
Family business expertise at INSEAD
Executive Education Programmes
Our teaching is based on global research and case stories about real world businesses. The international nature of INSEAD creates a unique environment, allowing a rich source of teaching material and a wide sharing of experiences.
Company Specific Programmes
Our specialist family business faculty have extensive experience creating tailor-made programmes for family businesses. These programmes offer members of family businesses a confidential environment and an opportunity to cater to specific needs.
Applied Research Studies
Our applied studies complement our research by gaining insights on pertinent issues relevant to family business.
Featuring some of our Applied Studies conducted with Partners:
Good for Business, Business for Good Compass - January 2023
Joint research study by INSEAD Wendel International Centre for Family Enterprise in collaboration with UBS and INSEAD Hoffmann Global Institute for Business and Society
The embodiment of the four distinct family business elements - longevity, loyalty, values, and involvement sets family firms in an influential position to drive positive impact on society. The practical guide highlighted how leading family businesses drive the business for good agenda and through sharing their success stories, how they overcome their challenges and the practical steps and lessons learnt in their impact journeys, we hope the Compass will inspire others to drive their companies towards positive impact
Making External Executives Successful in Family Businesses - December 2022
Joint research study by INSEAD Wendel International Centre for Family Enterprise in collaboration with PwC and AvS - International Trusted Advisors
The purpose of the study is to understand the reasons family businesses hire external executives and their experiences in doing so. More specifically, we aimed to understand how these executives are recruited, how they are integrated into the company and how their relationship with the family develops. A second survey was launched to understand the impact of Covid-19 on family businesses.
Engage with us
MBA family business club
This club is a community for sharing and exchange between INSEAD students interested in family business at get-togethers, movie nights, or discussion forums. Visits to family businesses are part of the club agenda.
The INSEAD MBA Family Business Club aims to create lasting relationships that foster learning, sharing, and cooperation among students from family business backgrounds both during and after their time at INSEAD.
Family business next generation mentoring sessions
The INSEAD Wendel International Centre for Family Enterprise has developed a unique offer for MBA students to help them discuss, reflect and throughout the INSEAD journey decide whether and how to be involved with the family business. A decision process that takes time and involves the family as well. Find out more >
Join our events
1. Family Enterprise Day
Organised by INSEAD Wendel International Centre for Family Enterprise as a component of the MBA elective "Family and Privately Owned Businesses elective", the flagship event is held twice a year on Europe and Asia campuses. The event brings together family business members, scholars and MBA students for a time of knowledge sharing and exchange led by INSEAD faculty and family business scholars. Through the conference, participants will be discover family enterprise theoretical frameworks followed by engaging live testimonials, cases and panel discussion in an atmosphere of trust and confidentiality under Chatham house rules.
2. Conference and Webinars
We have hosted several events and webinar with partner organisations such as the Hénokiens Association, Columbia Business School’s Global Family Enterprise Program, PwC and AvS – International Trusted Advisors.
Links to access our past events or read the summary:
Family Enterprise Day on "Learning from Tradition to Build the Future with the Hénokiens"
3 June 2023, Europe Campus, in collaboration with Hénokiens Association
Family Enterprise Day on "Regenerating Success, Transition and Longevity in Family Firms"
4 Feb 2023, Asia Campus
The Hénokiens: From Remarkable Success to Lasting Legacy
23 Sep 2022, Europe Campus, in collaboration with Hénokiens Association
New Ideas in Family Firms Virtual Conference (Read the summary)
13 May 2022, Virtual, in collaboration with Columbia Business School’s Global Family Enterprise Program
Successful External Succession in Family Businesses
3 Dec 2020, Virtual, in collaboration with PwC and AvS - International Trusted Advisors
Join our programmes
In the Spotlight
Hoshi Ryokan: The World’s Oldest Family Firm and the First Female Succession in 1,305 years
In the Press: Article on "Pinto Basto celebrating 252 years of family-run maritime services in Portugal"
The Power of Distinct Owners as Value Catalysts
Value Creation for Owners and Directors (New Book!)
Preserving the Multiplicity of Voices in French Fine Wines
When Two Leaders Collide, the Result Can Be Less Fraud
Family Enterprise Day - 19 March 2022
A Different Kind of Family Firm Hiding in Plain Sight
Aligning Individual and Organisational Values
Family Enterprise Day - 25 Sep 2021
Professionalising the Family Firm
MBA student's reflection on the Family Enterprise Day
Why Family CEOs Outperform Their Non-Family Predecessors
When Nepotism Pads CEO Pay: Evidence From Indian Family Firms
Family Enterprise Day - 18 Feb 2021
Making External Executives Successful (New Report)
Family Business: Power, Politics and Emotional Dynamics
Family Business: A Force for Good?
Every gift makes a difference
The Centre is pleased to recognise contributors at all levels.
INSEAD activities in the field of family businesses were initiated thanks to Wendel, and further developed with support from other family businesses and individuals, in particular the Tetra Laval Research Fund for the Large Family Firm, the Berghmans Lhoist Chair in Entrepreneurial Leadership, and the André and Rosalie Hoffmann Chair and Research Fund in Family Enterprise.