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Who should attend

Leading the Family Business (LFB) is for all members of business-owning families as well as senior non-family executives and board members.

Program benefits

Analyse your business today and reshape it for tomorrow:

  • 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


5 days as part of Orchestrating Winning Performance
4 days as a stand-alone program (LFB)


Program Sessions 2017
June 26-30, 2017
October 1-5, 2017 
November 20 - 24, 2017 (Singapore)
                    Program Sessions 2018                   
June 25-29, 2018                     
September 30-October 4, 2018
November 19-23, 201 (Singapore)

Fee 2017

OWP/LFB (June)
CHF 10,900 for the first participant
CHF 9,900 early bird offer, deadline February 28, 2017
CHF 8,900 for each additional participant from the same company and for IMD alumni

LFB (October)
CHF 10,500
CHF 9,250 for alumni and each additional participant from the same team

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LFB 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 

Team opportunities

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.

Testimonials of past participants

Leading the Family Business developed by IMD business school gives members of a family business a real and profound understanding of family business dynamics. Luigi Bosca President | Bipsa Investment Partnerships SA | Switzerland
Leading the Family Business is an extraordinary program. The energy, thought, care and expertise shines throughout the program. Thank you to all of the IMD team. Ben MacLehose

Director | J & J Denholm Ltd | UK

We can easily get caught up in our business at home and miss out on what is essential. Leading the Family Business has been a real turning point for my family - for the way we perceive life and the bigger purpose and picture of things. I think anyone who is starting up a family business or has been involved in one for several generations can gain so much from this program. Patricia Escaler | All Asian Countertrade | The Philippines
The LFB program is the best program anybody involved in Family Business can join. I have attended it twice. Bernd Karstedt | President, Diersch & Schroeder GmbH | Germany
On LFB, you gain an in-depth understanding of the unique qualities and common characteristics of family-run businesses and the issues that confront such organizations. Most importantly, LFB impacts your decisions on the structure and future direction of your business. Saadi Rais | Director, Rais Hassan Saadi Group | United Arab Emirates
Family Businesses are different. The LFB program is a MUST for anyone wanting to maximize the inherent strengths of a Family Business, whilst understanding that conflict can be positive and must be managed. William Lees-Jones | Director, J.W. Lees & Co (Brewers) Ltd | United Kingdom
Truly fantastic and highly relevant. Finally an organized and well-structured approach dealing with all the challenges facing us as a family and business entity. Henrik Topsoe | CEO, Haldor Topsoe Holding A/S | Denmark
LFB has taken our family one important step further to understanding why and how we should strive to develop our family business. Education is one of the keys to our future success. Tore Ulstein | Board Member, Ulsmo AS | Norway
I found the direction for my family business to go forward at Leading the Family Business. All my thanks to IMD Faculty, participants and staff. Yusuke Ozaki | Auditor | Thirdwave Corporation | Japan
IMD's Leading the Family Business gives you a real and profound understanding of family business dynamics. Luigi Bosca | President | Bipsa Investment Partnerships SA | Switzerland
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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. Together we will probe the key issues facing all family businesses: growth, governance, conflict management, succession and strategy.

LFB gives you 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

The program helps you analyze your business today and reshape it for tomorrow. It is an opportunity 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.

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OWP/LFB (June)

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.

» Find out more about OWP

 LFB (October) 

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

 The process 

With over 28 years of rich experience working with family businesses, IMD has in-depth understanding of how families learn best, both individually and as a group. You will 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.

 The end result

 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.

Program Framework

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Our Faculty

 Our Faculty members are recognized world authorities in their fields. Dividing their time between teaching, research and working with international companies, they remain on top of the latest management trends. You can expect timely, innovative learning activities, materials and content in all IMD programs.

LFB Program Director

Denise H. Kenyon-Rouvinez

Swiss and American
The Wild Group Professor of Family Business
PhD HEC/IMD Lausanne

LFB Faculty

Ben Bryant Australian and British
Leadership and Organization
PhD London Business Schooll

Benoît F. Leleux

Stephan Schmidheiny Professor of Entrepreneurship and Finance

Didier Cossin Swiss and French
Professor of Finance and Governance
PhD in Business Economics Harvard University

Paul Strebel Swiss and South African
Governance, Strategy and Change
PhD Princeton University

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In this section, you will find important information on the program fee, application, invoicing, cancellation and transfer. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our program advisors.


The program fee (which can be found on the overview page) includes tuition, teaching materials, and lunch on weekdays. Travel or living expenses are not covered. You must settle your own hotel bills, both when in Lausanne and on off-campus assignments, as well as all dinners and lunches on weekends when applicable. IMD reserves the right to modify the program fee at any time.

Tentative reservation

To make a non-binding reservation, send us a completed tentative reservation form. This carries no obligation and is not a substitute for the formal application form.

Application & invoicing

Your application is forwarded to the Program Director who will evaluate it to ensure that the program corresponds to your objectives and profile. This can take approximately 1 week.

The Information & Registration office will notify you of the outcome of your application. If you are accepted, they will send your acceptance letter and invoice fee together by priority mail. From this point, your enrollment will be considered firm by both you and IMD.

Please pay the program fee within 30 days of the invoice date and no later than the commencement of the program. If you register within 1 month of the start of the program, you must settle the invoice immediately without exception. Payment can be made by bank transfer or credit card.

Up to six weeks before the program start date, a program coordinator will contact you with information on hotels and pre-program preparation. Please note that IMD reserves enough rooms for each participant on the program.

If accepted, you understand that you must be completely free of professional duties while attending this program and that you must attend all scheduled sessions and activities.

Cancellation & transfer policy

IMD must be notified in writing of all cancellations and transfers. If you are admitted to a program, but find that you are unable to attend, you have the following cancellation and transfer options:

Up to six weeks before program start:

  • Cancellation: You receive a full refund of the program fee.
  • Transfer: You may transfer to the next available session with no transfer fee.

Note: IMD programs tend to be fully booked well in advance. Space may not be available in a later session.

From six weeks to up to 11 days before program start:

  • Cancellation: You incur a 50% cancellation fee.
  • Transfer: You incur a 20% transfer fee.

Within 10 days before program start:

  • Cancellation: You incur a 100% cancellation fee.
  • Transfer: You incur a 100% transfer fee.


A participant can be substituted on the same program session without incurring any fees. The substitute needs to apply and be admitted.

Note: Once you have paid the program tuition fee, if you do not attend another program within 24 months, the program fee will be forfeited.

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