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Preparing the Next Generation to Lead the Family Business
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When: 11/4/2011
Where: Online

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Business schools around the world have a vital role in the success of family businesses as one generation hands leadership over to the next. This particular model of succession planning involves special challenges for family business leaders and schools working to prepare them for this transition. This webinar will highlight the approaches three different schools from the US, Canada, and India are taking to address these challenges in the classroom. Watch the video of the webinar below.

  • Learn about techniques used by faculty around the world to train next generation family business leaders
  • Discuss challenges facing next generation family business leaders
  • Share ideas for more effectively developing family business students.


Dr. Alan Carsrud, Ryerson University, Canada

Alan L. Carsrud, Ph.D., Ec. D. (h.c.) is The Loretta Rogers Chaired Professor of Entrepreneurship Research in the Ted Rogers School of Management at Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada. Previously he was Clinical Professor of Management, Professor of Industrial & Systems Engineering, and Founding Executive Director of the Eugenio Pino & Family Global Entrepreneurship Center at Florida International University in Miami. He directed graduate entrepreneurship programs at the Anderson School at UCLA, the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Southern California, and has taught at Pepperdine University, Nangang Technological University, Anahuac University, Bond University, and Australian Graduate School of Management. He is Docent in Entrepreneurship at Åbo Akademi University in Finland. He has published over 180 articles and book chapters on entrepreneurship, family business, clinical psychology, and social psychology.We encourage you to invite any faculty, staff or other interested colleagues from your school to attend.

Stephen P. Miller, Kenan-Flagler Business School, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill/President, GenSpan, Inc.

Steve works with family businesses to help them develop world-class, sustainable enterprises. Steve’s approach to family business leadership is to create and employ business and governance strategies that align business, family, and ownership goals.

Steve draws on his experience working as the top non-family executive of The Biltmore Company. During his 34-year career with the Vanderbilt/Cecil owned property, Biltmore has become the most visited historic home in the United States, and successfully launched a winery, licensing program, and four-star hotel.

In addition to ongoing succession planning and strategic growth consulting for The Biltmore Company, Steve serves on the boards of Asheville Savings Bank, Draper & Kramer, and Celebration Associates.

Steve graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he now serves as adjunct professor for family business at Kenan-Flagler Business School. He completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School and is currently working on his doctorate at Case Western Reserve University.

Professor Kavil Ramachandran, Indian School of Business

Professor Ram is the Thomas Schmidheiny Chair Professor of Family Business and Wealth Management at the Indian School of Business. He has specialized in entrepreneurship, strategy and family business and has over 33 years of experience as an academic. He obtained a Ph.D. from the Cranfield School of Management, UK in 1986 on a comparative study of the small enterprise policies of Japan, UK and India. He has done research on family business, entrepreneurship and strategy, and has authored/edited six books and published extensively in reputed Indian and overseas journals. His consulting experience includes areas such as family business governance, professionalization, succession planning, strategic planning, and identification of new opportunities for growth, corporate entrepreneurship and turn around strategies in family and non-family environments. He has written several management cases, and has conducted training programmes for family businesses on governance, professionalization, strategic management and entrepreneurship. He has been associated with the FBN International for several years, and has served on various advisory committees of the Government of India, World Bank, Securities and Exchange Board of India.

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