Enterprising Families: Learning and Leading Together

Columbia Business School Executive Education
Course summary
3 days
7,500 USD
New York
Next available date: 02/12/2020 - New York

Course description

Enterprising Families

Family enterprises are the oldest and most common form of business. Yet in today’s fast-changing, volatile, and global business environment, enterprising families face unique challenges that are often complicated by factors specific to their structure and to families’ traditions, cultures, and interests.

Designed and delivered by the faculty who created Columbia Business School'sFamily Business Programthat enables students to understand all aspects of owning, managing, and working with family enterprises, this three-day executive education program is delivered by faculty with decades of experience advising family-owned firms.

Members of families who own assets together, including operating businesses, family offices, investments, philanthropy, and more, will learn how to view their business situation through time-tested frameworks that provide best practices and lessons learned from academia and practice.

Participants coming from all over the world enter a personalized, confidential, and safe setting in a small-group environment and receive a learning experience that is research-based and objective.

The programs faculty's sole agenda is to help family members succeed with their family business. By learning together, family members will be able to lead all that they do together more effectively, efficiently, and harmoniously.

Suitability - Who should attend?

This course is designed for members of a family that own, operate, and/or govern a complex family enterprise. The family enterprise may include one or more shared assets including an operating business, investments, joint philanthropy, or a family office. This program draws families from around the globe who share common challenges across cultures. Multiple family members are encouraged to attend together.

Training Course Content

The program draws upon the deep resources of Columbia Business School’s Family Business Program to provide world-class instruction through interactive lectures, case studies, classroom exercises, and guest speakers. Some pre-reading is required but assignments will be completed during class time.

Day One focuses on understanding your current family situation from a new perspective. What do you own, and how does your family approach ownership across all assets? You’ll explore a case study that highlights ownership of a complex family enterprise from the family perspective.

Day Two will delve into business fundamentals for those who may or may not be involved in day-to-day operations and management. Managers and non-managers will learn best practices for family enterprises in a way that goes beyond business and investments and into the heart of the family.

Day Three rounds out the topics with a focus on wealth management, family offices, and other ways to organize your family enterprise. Students will have an opportunity to reflect and create an action plan tailored to their specific needs.


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