Can family firms be a force for good?

04 Nov 2019


Explanation / Requirements


Morten Bennedsen




INSEAD and University of Copenhagen


Professor of Economics
Niels Bohr Professor University of Cpenhagen and

The André and Rosalie Hoffmann Chaired Professor of Family Enterprise
Academic Director, Wendel International Centre for Family Enterprise

Key Note Title

Can family firms be a force for good?

Quote / Statement

“The long term vision and strong value driven leadership provide the family leader with a unique potential for being a driver of change”

Key Note Content

Can family firms be drivers of change in a world that has ever growing challenges in integrating people, societies and business? The consequences of climate change, growing inequality and ever increasing challenges in health, education and development raises the pressure on family business leaders across the world to be drivers of change.

The family business model has characteristics that provide potential for being drivers of change. The governance model think in generations, the ownership model allows for making decisions that are not always driven by short term profit and many family business are driven by strong values.   


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CV / Resume

Morten Bennedsen is the André and Rosalie Hoffmann Chaired Professor of Family Enterprise, the Academic Director of the Wendel International Centre for Family Enterprise, Professor of Economics at INSEAD and Niels Bohr Professor at the University of Copenhagen. He obtained his PhD from Harvard University, Master from London School of Economics and is a leading researcher in family business and corporate governance. He has published 1 book, 30 articles in top economics and finance journals, 200 global cases, reports and media articles on 6 continents and writes regular columns in China, Hong Kong, Korea, Singapore and Taiwan. He served as an advisor to the Danish and UK Government, EU, private equity funds and the World Bank. He gives talks and consults with families, family organizations and national, regional and global service providers in Europe and Asia.