IMD Executive Education

Leading the Family Business (LFB)

Available dates

Jun 22—26, 2020
5 days
CHF 10900 ≈USD 11335
CHF 2180 per day
Sep 28—Oct 2, 2020
5 days
Lausanne, Switzerland
CHF 10500 ≈USD 10919
CHF 2100 per day


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About the course

Discover a safe confidential space to plan your family business succession

The Global Family Business Center at IMD Business School is a world-leading family business research and education center, focusing on the real issues that you face as a family business.

In a safe, confidential environment, you will expand your knowledge of successful family firms and better understand and navigate specific challenges and critical issues in your own family business.

Together we will probe the key issues facing all family businesses such as: growth, governance, conflict management, succession, and strategy.

  • Navigate specific challenges and critical issues in your family business
  • Probe key issues facing family businesses: growth, governance, succession and culture
  • Benchmark best practices to broaden your understanding of successful family businesses
  • Get concrete take-home value to drive overall performance

Understanding family business issues

With over 28 years of rich experience working with family businesses, Leading the Family Business is the longest-running family business program in the world. The program actively helps you expand your knowledge of successful family firms and better understand and navigate specific challenges and critical issues in your own family business. You analyze your business today and reshape it for tomorrow. Together we will probe the key issues facing all family businesses: growth, governance, conflict management, succession, and strategy. Specifically, you gain new insights into:

  • The best strategies and governance structures to preserve and grow your family business and wealth
  • How to optimize communication and strengthen team spirit amongst family members
  • How family members, non-family managers, and board members can add value over generations
  • How to develop and implement a practical action plan

How you learn

You learn through real-life case studies, active class discussions, group workshops, lessons learned family coaching sessions and networking activities. Classes are highly interactive and the discussions led by our faculty are relevant, meaningful and engaging. You have unparalleled opportunities to network, share, and benchmark with other family firms, all with similar dilemmas. Learn from each other and tap into IMD's long-standing history with some of the most successful family businesses in the world.

Your take-away

You will return to your family business with new ideas, action plans, and tools to help your business grow and succeed into the next generation and beyond.

2 different options to join LFB

OWP/LFB (June & November) – 5 days

Leading the Family Business (LFB) is offered as part of IMD's renowned Orchestrating Winning Performance (OWP) program, a transformational experience providing cutting-edge insights on the hottest management topics. Each morning you will attend the exclusive family business elective, following which you attend sessions with other OWP participants designed to inspire you and drive superior performance.

LFB (October) – 4 days

LFB is offered as an intensive and comprehensive stand-alone program for those who prefer to focus solely on the family business.

Join IMD’s professional alumni network

Once you complete an IMD program, you join IMD’s alumni network, an outstanding global community of global business leaders who will support you long-term.

Who should attend

Leading the Family Business is for all members of business-owning families, including:

  • Active and inactive family members
  • Spouses and next generation family members
  • Senior non-family executives and board members (when accompanied a family member)

For ideal learning benefits, we recommend team attendance - for example family teams of several generations, siblings, cousins and/or key non-family managers. Develop a common approach, a common language and build on this shared approach by sending members to the same program over time.

Trust the experts

Didier Cossin

Professor Cossin is the director of IMD Global Board Center. He works with senior leaders, executive committees and boards to provide the latest thinking on best-in-class governance, risk and opportunity optimization, investment selection and strategy design. He favors an adaptive and interactive...


Jennifer Jordan

Jennifer Jordan is a social psychologist and is Professor of Leadership and Organizational Behavior at IMD. Professor Jordan's teaching, research, and consulting focus on the areas of corporate and individual ethics, power, leadership, and negotiation. Professor Jordan has received specialized t...


Peter Vogel

Peter Vogel is Professor of Family Business and Entrepreneurship and holder of the Debiopharm Chair for Family Philanthropy at IMD Business School in Lausanne. In his research, teaching and advisory work, Peter works with family- & non-family enterprises globally on organizational regenerati...


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