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EDHEC Family Business Centre - Missions


Our mission: Sustaining Family Business Growth

The EDHEC Family Business Centre undertakes research and training on family businesses. The Centre aims at supporting family businesses in an increasingly complex global business world, offering them new perspectives and innovative solutions in terms of governance and management:
  • Through research on family businesses from different economical, financial and cultural environements;
  • Through executive education, preparing future leaders to face the challenges of their Family Business. 
As such we seek to serve as a platform for generating academic insight into management and governance practices across sectors and to foster innovation and high professional standards. In doing so EDHEC seeks to recognize and respond to the specificities of family business and support them to grow in an increasingly complex global business world.

Helping Families Grow in Today's Complex Business World

The EDHEC Family Business Centre aims to support family members who are active in their family's business, non-active family members as well as non-family executives and managers working within family businesses. With an initial focus on supporting family businesses in Europe and Asia, the EDHEC Family Business Centre will achieve its mission through:
  • Specialized training and information sessions on the specific governance, management and succession challenges faced by family businesses.
  • The publication of research relevant to the priority themes of the EDHEC Family Business Centre .
  • Our role as a clearinghouse for discussion and exchanges through the organization of international conferences, seminars, publication of case studies etc.
  • Maintaining an international focus. The EDHEC Family Business Centre will be jointly based in both Lille and Singapore.
  • The establishment of a Family Business Observatory within the EDHEC Family Business Centre to undertake research and international benchmarking studies.

EDHEC Family Business Centre Objectives

The EDHEC Family Business Centre’s objectives are to:
  1. EDHEC SingaporeBecome the reference on family businesses issues in Europe and Asia in terms of management training, research and international benchmarking. This will be achieved by:
    • Setting up executive education courses for large family-businesses (open enrolment seminars for more than one family or customized training programmes).
    • Gathering data on family businesses in France and making the EDHEC Family Business Observatory a centre of reference.
    • Undertaking quantitative and qualitative research on certain subjects (e.g. next generation succession planning), in France/Asia to start with, then in Europe/Asia/North America later on.
    • Publishing and disseminating this research (articles, books, participation in conferences and seminars).
  1. Exert a strong impact on SMEs (50-5,000 employees) in the regions where EDHEC’s campuses are located, in terms of the transfer of knowledge and expertise.
  2. Raise young managers' awareness of family businesses (in terms of career opportunities, management and governance approaches, and transmission) notably via case studies,training, interventions by family-business members and conferences.

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