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Wendel International Centre for Family Enterprise

Wendel International Centre for Family Enterprise

Welcome to INSEAD Wendel International Centre for Family Enterprise

Sonia Tatar
Sonia Tatar

Executive Director of INSEAD Wendel International Centre for Family Enterprise and INSEAD Corporate Governance Centre

Our vision

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...

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Sonia Tatar

Executive Director of INSEAD Wendel International Centre for Family Enterprise and INSEAD Corporate Governance Centre

Numbers at a glance

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4000+

Family business community members
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1700+

Related publications
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13

Contributing faculty
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Events (in-person and online) a year

Family business expertise at INSEAD

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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. 

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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. 

Get in touch with us to find out more

 

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Research

Faculty's cutting-edge research are integral to the development of course materials for our programmes and content for our events.

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Applied Research Studies

Our applied studies complement our research by gaining insights on pertinent issues relevant to family business.

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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.

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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.

Contact the club: Europe campus or Asia campus.​

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 ProgramPwC and AvS – International Trusted Advisors

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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

Browse through our programme offerings that are suitable for family enterprise members.

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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.

 

Family Business Outlook

Upcoming Event

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Webinar & Digital Dialogue on "The Art in Governing Family Businesses - A Chair's Perspective"
29 February 2024, 9 - 10am CET

To kick-start the celebration of International Women’s Day in March 2024, the INSEAD Wendel International Centre for Family Enterprise, in collaboration with AvS Advisors, will be hosting a Webinar and Digital Dialogue on the theme “The Art in Governing Family Businesses – A Chair’s Perspective” where we invite Stanislav Shekshnia, Senior Affiliate Professor of Entrepreneurship and Family Enterprise at INSEAD and Co-Director of Leading from the Chair Programme, to share insights on the governance complexities in family businesses and the pivotal role the Chair play in driving fair process, alignment and balancing between meeting the family’s needs versus business goals. We will then have a fireside chat with a distinguished family business guest speaker, Franziska Tschudi Sauber, Chair of Weidmann Holding AG who will share from family angle her experience and perspective on how to overcome any challenges and complexities as chairs to create value for family boards.
 

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Past Events Highlight

29 Feb '24

Centers & Initiatives

The Art in Governing Family Businesses - A Chair's Perspective

To kick-start the celebration of International Women’s Day in March 2024, the INSEAD Wendel International Centre for Family Enterprise, in collaboration with AvS Advisors, will be hosting a Webinar and Digital Dialogue on the theme “The Art in Governing Family Businesses – A Chair’s Perspective” where we invite Stanislav Shekshnia, Senior Affiliate Professor of Entrepreneurship and Family Enterprise at INSEAD and Co-Director of Leading from the Chair Programme, to share insights on the governance complexities in family businesses and the pivotal role the Chair play in driving fair process, alignment and balancing between meeting the family’s needs versus business goals. We will then have a fireside chat with a distinguished family business guest speaker, Franziska Tschudi Sauber, Chair of Weidmann Holding AG who will share from family angle her experience and perspective on how to overcome any challenges and complexities as chairs to create value for family boards.
 

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9:00am CET / 4:00pm SGT (1hr)
Open to By Invitation Only
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26 Mar '24

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ChangeNOW board-focused programme at Paris, Grand Palais Ephémère

What are the best practices among boards of directors in term of sustainable development ? What is holding the Boards back from taking responsibility on sustainability issues ? What role should the Board play in the transformation ? How can this body actively reconcile business and ESG performance ?

Paris, Grand Palais Ephémère
Paris, Grand Palais Ephémère
8:30 am CET (4hr)
Open to Public
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26 Mar '24

Centers & Initiatives

Chairs Fostering Psychological Safety Primer for Sustainability and AI Debates

Organised by the INSEAD Corporate Governance Centre, together with Boards Impact Forum in collaboration with Chapter Zero UK and Climate Governance Initiative Hong Kong, the Webinar and Digital Dialogue will delve into the myths and misconceptions of psychological safety and the critical role that chairs play in fostering a safe environment for board members to feel empowered to raise questions, challenge assumptions and the status quo.

Join us for an interactive exchange as we invite INSEAD Professor Stanislav Shekshnia, Senior Affiliate Professor of Entrepreneurship and Family Enterprise and Co-Director of Leading from the Chair programme, to share on the framework of psychological safety in creating positive team dynamics, what research reveals about the practices adopted by board chairs in laying the foundations of trust that build better engagement with board members. Following the academic presentation will be a panel discussion with three distinguished Chairs, guest panelists – Nicolas Allen, Katarina Bonde and Rolf Pfeiffer, who will comment and share their experiences and observations on the practices and pitfalls concerning chairs and their influence on building a culture of psychological safety.

Online
Online
8:00am CET / 3:00pm SGT (1.5hr)
Open to By Invitation Only
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