MIT Sloan Family Enterprise Programs

Disruption and change are shortening time horizons for all businesses, but family businesses have extra layers of complexity—the future success of the business is inseparable from the well-being of the family—and all the more reason to be better educated about the future.

We are excited to welcome John Davis, a renowned authority in the family enterprise field, to MIT Sloan and look forward to exploring in depth the issues and challenges of family ownership and sustaining multigenerational success.

Learn more in the following new programs:

Future Family Enterprise: Sustaining Multigenerational Success
Recent research indicates that most families that achieve financial success—typically through a family company—lose their success within three generations. Why do some family enterprises derail while others prosper? This new program for multigenerational families will help you understand and implement the important driving factors of long-term, enduring, family enterprise success. The course also examines where family enterprises are going and what will drive their success in the future economy.


Founder to Family: Sustaining Family Business Success
Successful founder-stage businesses are enviable powerhouses in many ways, but they face unique and complex challenges as they transition to the second generation of sibling owners and leaders. This program explores the crucial issues, useful strategies, and pivotal conversations required to implement an effective handoff to the second generation and to shape a meaningful future role for the founder.


Leading and Transforming Family Businesses - China
This program is designed to help leaders of Chinese family enterprises develop sound growth strategies, strengthen their organizations, and build a firm foundation for long-term success. The program is taught in both Mandarin and English with simultaneous translation.

What can tradition-rooted family businesses learn from future-focused MIT?

Disruption and change are shortening time horizons for all businesses, but family businesses have extra layers of complexity—the future success of the business is inseparable from the well-being of the family—and all the more reason to be better educated about the future.

John Davis on the Three Circle Model

The Three Circle Model is 40 years old this year and is still the most relevant and widely used model in family business advising. Listen to episode 43 of The Family Business Podcast (free on itunes) to hear John Davis speak about this model and other issues facing family businesses.