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Ivan Lansberg
  • New Haven, CT
  • United States
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Occupation relative to family business
Family Business Member, Family Business Advisor, Educator/Researcher
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Behavioral Science, Management
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Ivan Lansberg (Senior Partner) grew up in an entrepreneurial family in Venezuela. After receiving B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Columbia University, he taught at the Columbia Graduate School of Business. Ivan was a professor of organizational behavior at the Yale School of Organization and Management for seven years before going into consulting.

He has consulted with complex family businesses in the USA, Canada, Asia, Europe and Latin America, and has made significant contributions to the understanding of family business governance and succession. He was one of the founders of the Family Firm Institute (FFI) and the first editor of its professional journal, the Family Business Review. His latest book, “Succeeding Generations,” published by Harvard Business School Press, has been widely praised as a landmark work.

Ivan is a frequent speaker at family business programs organized by universities and industry groups. He is on the faculty of the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. He lives in Guilford, CT, with his wife, Margarita, and two sons.

Ivan Lansberg's Blog

Ruling vs. governing: On the dialectics of governance

In the late 1960s, John Petersen (a pseudonym) and his brothers inherited a modest pharmaceutical busi­ness from their father. Today, it is a multibillion-dollar global company, in great measure thanks to John's relentless entrepreneurial drive. Now with 15 adult cousins in the third generation, the Petersen family has built an elaborate governance structure that includes an independent board of directors, shareholder and family…
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Posted on August 2, 2010 at 4:54pm

Mandar vs. Gobernar: Una dialéctica sobre la gobernanza

A finales de 1960, Juan Fuentes (un seudónimo) y sus hermanos heredaron de su padre un modesto negocio farmacéutico. Hoy en día es una compañía global multimillonaria, en gran medida gracias al empuje empresarial de Juan.… Continue

Posted on August 2, 2010 at 4:48pm

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