IMD Business Family Research

Providing the family business world and academic communities with new cutting-edge research and knowledge.

Through our research and educational work with family businesses from all over the world, we have gained some extraordinary insights into the dynamics that can drive family businesses either to outstanding achievements or to failure.

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Strong corporate principles add value for both companies and staff

Long-term reputations are made, or lost, on a company’s choice of purpose and goals

See what the Financial Times’ Andrew Hill says about Denise Kenyon-Rouvinez's research.

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Secrets of success in long-lasting family firms

What are the features of family firms with sustained high performance over decades or even centuries?

Only a small minority of highly successful business-owning families have exceled and thrived through several generations. Discover the 4 principles for successful long-lasting family firms.

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Family business books to inspire you

IMD Family Business Faculty have a long tradition of writing inspiring and successful books. Available on Amazon and from our campus bookshop.

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Jebsen & Jessen family enterprise: masters of entrepreneurial partnerships

Lessons from the winner of the 2016 IMD-Lombard Odier Global Family Business Award

Receiving one of the most prestigious accolades for "excellence in family business" was a memorable moment for Hans Michael Jebsen and Heinrich Jessen.

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Bringing the family back into the business

Lessons on linking the family identity to the business brand from a new global study

Emeritus IMD Professor Joachim Schwass explores family identity in a short article based of his recent book "Wise Family Business – Family Identity Steering Brand Success" published in September 2016.

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