JCK 5: Brush Up Your Family Business Studies

Many schools don’t offer undergraduate coursework in family business ­management but do have professional or executive ­education programs—everything from one-day presentations to webinar access. Here are five of the best.

1. Babson College (Babson Park, Mass., 781-239-4354, babson.edu): The executive education branch presents family-centered programs regularly. This year it will feature a five-day module showing entrepreneurs how to engage the next generation (i.e., their teenagers) in the business.

2. Harvard University (Cambridge, Mass., 800-427-5577, exed.hbs.edu): The business
school has an executive education program with a six-day intensive course in family business; it’s open to business owners, family, and nonfamily business members.

3. Loyola University Chicago (Chicago, 800-424-3981, luc.edu): The Family Business Center offers paid membership that gives businesses access to short- and long-term educational courses in addition to webinars, conferences, and other events.

4. Northwestern University (Evanston, Ill., 847-467-6018, kellogg.northwestern.edu): A leadership program at the Kellogg School of Management presents weeklong intensives on topics like succession-building.

5. University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, 215-898-4560, executiveeducation.wharton.upenn.edu): Penn’s Wharton School and the Family Business and Office School offer a three-day intensive on family business governance, with a focus on the Latin American market. (The course features simultaneous Portuguese translation.)

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