Developing Global Leaders and Economies

Family Business Program

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Program Duration: 3 Days
Program Dates:
February 19th – 21st, 2019
Course Fees:
AED 18,000 (inclusive of 5% VAT) per participant
Dubai, UAE

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The 3-Day Family Business Program is approved by KHDA-Dubai; Permit No. 627780

Group enrollment from a family enterprise is highly recommended to derive maximum utility from this course.

Key Benefits and Expected Outcomes

At the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Learn the key ingredients to create an enduring family enterprise
  • Gain appreciation for the complexity of issues, roles, perspectives, and decisions of family enterprise members
  • Explore how to develop fair approaches to employing, compensating, and managing family employees
  • Understand disruptions that are changing industries, business models and family life, and how family ownership groups must adapt
  • Learn how to implement a world class board of directors or board of advisors
  • Learn how to lead as Chairman of the Board and how to contribute as a Member of the Board of Directors
  • Understand how to professionalize the family through family governance
  • Learn how leaders of a family enterprise can improve decision-making skills
  • Explore how to lead a succession process that respect the needs of both the enterprise and the family
  • Take an objective inventory of your family enterprise’s goals, strengths, challenges, opportunities, and threats, and develop a plan to address them

This program is recommended for family businesses that are at any stage of their business transformation i.e. whether the owners are creating a new board, strengthening an existing governance structure, developing young leaders within the family, preparing for succession to the new generation, expanding their business or just implementing international best practices.

Key topics include:

  • Nepotism: Its benefits, challenges, and strategies for addressing it.
  • Professionalization and compensation strategies for family employees.
  • Developing family talent for multiple roles (leadership, management, ownership, the board, and more).
  • Governance and structure for the business, owners, and family.
  • Succession: thinking through a roadmap for your generational transition.
  • How to assess your family business system.
  • Change and disruption facing family-owned businesses today.
  • How to achieve multigenerational success of a family enterprise.
  • Interactive classroom sessions
  • Real-life case studies
  • Group discussions
  • Role play exercises
  • Strategic Innovation Simulation
  • Chairman and Board Members of Family Companies
  • Current Business Leader and Successors
  • Owners/Shareholders of the Family Businesses
  • Senior Managers in the Family Business, Family Office, or Foundation
  • Entrepreneurs in the Family
  • Senior Generation, Next Generation, and Spouses

*Group enrollment from a family enterprise is highly recommended to derive maximum utility from this course.


Senior Lecturer, Family Enterprise Executive Programs
at MIT Sloan School of Management
Founder and Chairman, Cambridge Family Enterprise Group
DBA, Harvard Business School

Professor John Davis is a globally recognized pioneer and authority on family enterprise, family wealth, and the family office. Since the 1970s, he has been a leading researcher, author, advisor, and speaker on family enterprise, and is the creator of some of the field’s most impactful conceptual frameworks.

At the MIT Sloan School of Management, Professor Davis is tracking how global forces, including certain disruptions, are shaping family enterprises. He leads MIT’s suite of family enterprise executive programs including the Future Family Enterprise program (for multigenerational family enterprises, May 5-10, 2019) and the Founder to Family program (for first generation family enterprises, July 22-26, 2019), both of which help family owners prepare for disruptions of all kinds and position their enterprises for a successful future. In the Entrepreneurship Development program (January 20-26, 2019), Professor Davis teaches entrepreneurs from business families how to address issues that arise when building an entrepreneurial venture within a family enterprise system. Professor Davis oversees current research on a range of emerging issues such as global disruptive forces, multigenerational family wealth, succession, leadership, the Millennial generation (Generation Y), globalization, and other topics. He serves on the Advisory Council of Saïd Business School’s Inclusive Capitalism Programme on Purposeful Ownership at Oxford University, which explores how family ownership influences the purpose and performance of corporations.

Professor Davis’ extensive body of educational materials is used by graduate schools of business around the globe. He created many of the leading concepts in the field such as the Family Enterprise Sustainability Model and the Family Wealth Paths framework. With Harvard Professor Renato Tagiuri, he co-created the Three-Circle Model of the Family Business System, the fundamental paradigm in the field. He co-authored the books Generation to Generation: Life Cycles of the Family Business and Next Generation Success. His latest collection of essays—Enduring Advantage—explores the topics that he considers vital for families to understand as they lead enterprises in times of disruptive change.

A shaper of the family enterprise field, Professor Davis founded Harvard’s family business management area during his 21 years on the faculty of Harvard Business School. He was founding chair of Harvard’s Families in Business program, and taught and chaired MBA courses and executive programs on leadership, family business, family wealth, change management, and life planning. He has helped to launch and lead innovative courses and programs at business schools around the world throughout his career.

Trained in management, psychology, and economics, Professor Davis advises multigenerational family enterprises in more than 65 countries, including many of the world’s leading families. He is founder and  chairman of the Cambridge Family Enterprise Group, a global advisory, education, and research organization for family enterprises.

For more information about Professor Davis’ activities and latest writing, visit and follow him on Twitter @ProfJohnDavis.

Dr. Rizwan Amin SheikhDR. RIZWAN AMIN SHEIKH

Dean and Professor, GBS
Adjunct Faculty, JBS-Executive Education, University of Cambridge, UK
Visiting Professor of Global Strategy, Hult International Business School,  UK
Ph.D., SKEMA Business School, France
MBA, Cleveland State University (USA)
Certified Project Management Professional (PMP)

Dr. Sheikh has over 24 years of management consulting (Deloitte Consulting, USA), strategy formulation, change management, international program/project management, teaching, and business transformation experience in the public as well as private sector. Dr. Sheikh has led several business transformations, global projects, and change management initiatives in various countries including the United States, UK, Canada, Mexico, UAE, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Saudi Arabia, and Pakistan.

His research interests focus on national culture, strategy, leadership, change management, and project management. Dr. Sheikh has published case studies and presented papers at international peer-reviewed conferences. He is a dynamic public speaker and has been given awards like “Innovative Vision & Dynamic Leadership” by Fortune 500 companies including Microsoft and Intel.

Key Global Clients and Engagements

Dr. Sheikh has been a consultant, advisor, and trainer for following key international organizations:

Deloitte Consulting (USA), AT&T USA), Pepsico (USA), Merill Lynch (USA), Eaton Corporation (USA), The United States Postal Service, United Energy Pakistan (Formerly British Petroleum), Pak Arab Refinery Company Ltd., K-Electric (formerly known as Karachi Electric Supply Company – KESC), University of Sharjah (UAE), Etisalat (UAE) & Saudi-German Hospitals (SGH) Group (KSA & UAE)

GBS reserves the right to change the program, faculty and date at any time.