Family business programs

Reinforce your family business ecosystem and unlock opportunities.

Family business programs

Reinforce your family business ecosystem and unlock opportunities.

The IMD Global Family Business Center offers a series of open educational programs in addition to a more customized approach focusing on the needs of your family, ownership group or business. Your educational experience will be truly transformational. You will gain valuable new skills, the latest insights, and proven strategies for success with our world-class faculty and through peer-to-peer learning.

A trusted family resource

Benefit from the expertise we have built by working with many of the worldโ€™s leading families and family enterprises for more than 30 years.

A community of enterprising families

Seize the unique opportunity of a confidential, family business-only environment to interact with like-minded people facing similar challenges.

Immediately applicable learning

Focus on topics that really matter to you, including wealth management, governance, succession, family dynamics, conflict management, and strategy.

“From family business to family in business.”

Learn more about family business at IMD. Peter Vogel, Professor of Entrepreneurship & Family Business, explains why resilience & adaptability are critical success factors for the continuity of a family business.

What participants say about our programs

Leading your Family Business is an extraordinary program. The energy, thought, care and expertise shine throughout the program.

Ben MacLehose Director, J & J Denholm Ltd, United Kingdom

The learning is superbly balanced with theory and practical cases, always highlighting the main message and staying on track.

Thomas Schmuckli Chairman and Family Member of 7th Generation, Bossard Group, Switzerland

Very inspiring and intimate live cases. All the Faculty shared amazing knowledge and passion with us.

Emilio Gutiรฉrrez Director, Rsquared, Spain

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

Customized programs

Sometimes, a fully customized program is what is needed. Perhaps your needs are changing or unclear? Or you are unable to travel to IMD? Or you wish to remain private?

These are just some of the reasons to talk to us about developing a fully customized program for your family; a program that reflects the opportunities and challenges of your family, your ownership group or of your business, and which is based on participants’ goals and level of experience.

Our approach focuses on the family business ecosystem as a whole and often includes diagnostic assessments, designing structures, developing strategies, processes or plans, facilitating courageous conversations, educating and benchmarking.

Your learning journey


You gain a clear understanding of the objectives you want to achieve as a family or organization.


You build the case for change and a detailed action plan associated with key areas of choice.


You develop the capabilities of your people in areas critical to your future success.


Create lasting impact as you lead and drive change. What you create and learn at IMD will become ingrained within your business.

“We want to build a community of leaders for the future.”

Discover a unique, multi-year customized journey touching all parts of the family business ecosystem.

Discover IMDโ€™s Global Family Business Center

With over 30 years’ expertise, this center of excellence leads family business research and education. It ensures the sustainable success of your business and family, whether large or small.