The Columbia Family Enterprise Program provides a global community of students, alumni, executives, and owners with essential knowledge and critical skills to be effective leaders, successful managers, knowledgeable advisors, and informed beneficiaries of family-controlled enterprises.
Family enterprises are the heart of the world’s economy and society, and our goal is to help their major decision makers, stakeholders, and advisors have a positive impact on business, financial, civic and philanthropic sectors.
An educational hub for students, scholars, and alumni. Through targeted courses, dedicated research, and extracurricular offerings, we cover all aspects of owning, managing, and working with family enterprises.
We offer the most extensive graduate-level curriculum in family enterprise available anywhere—5 dedicated MBA classes and 2 for EMBAs—as part of the comprehensive CBS curriculum. Students learn everything they need to know about family businesses, family offices, and social enterprise with the extensive CBS core and elective classes.
Cutting Edge Research
Our faculty conduct highly acclaimed research and have written some of the most influential books, papers, and articles in the field. Family Enterprise Insights highlights the latest from global scholars, family enterprise executives, and expert practitioners to enable learning outside the classroom. Resources are available online, in our newsletters, and at exclusive events.
The Global Family Enterprise community is growing fast. Our Advisory Board comprises more than two dozen global family enterprise leaders who support and guide the program on a strategic level. Members of the Family Enterprise Alumni Circle have access to exclusive events and resources. Our global alumni and friends join us for events year-round.
- MBA & EMBA Courses
- Students Taught
- Global Community
- Families own at least 80% of the world’s businesses.
- Family enterprises employ the majority of workers globally.
- Family offices actively invest in private equity and venture capital.
- Families fund most of the world’s philanthropy and are at the cutting edge of social enterprise.
Family enterprises can be public and private, and include many household names such as: