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The world is changing. Rapidly developed technology and innovative players from emerging economies have transformed industry dynamics, forcing established companies to adapt to new business environment. Family businesses are no exceptions. To survive through the change, family businesses need to reaffirm their strategies and adjust to the new era while maintaining their distinct culture and legacy.

To discuss ways to thrive in everchanging economy, the LBS Family Business Club is proud to announce our annual Family Business Conference to be held on Friday, 20th April. The Family Business Conference has been regarded as one of “the most innovative” conference on campus in previous years. In a closed-door environment, the conference will cover challenges and opportunities faced by family businesses from diverse perspectives.

Two major themes will be explored throughout the conference: Perpetuating through a Disruptive Economy and Transitioning into Family Businesses. The first theme will focus on how family businesses have grown and will continue to prosper over the period of disruptive markets, providing intuitions shared by prominent family business leaders. The second theme will focus on the next generations and their transition into family business management.

The London Business School Family Business Conference 2018 will be held under Chatham House rules.

Why we do this

  • 33% of S&P 500 companies and 40% of Europe’s leading companies are family owned
  • Decades after WW II many family businesses in the West find themselves in the 3rd or 4th generation –facing challenges of increasing number of shareholders and succession planning
  • At the same time in emerging markets many family business face rapid growth and the challenges of not having sufficient capabilities

Who we are

  • London Business School is one of the top-ranked Business Schools in the World (World’s #1 MBA 2009-2011, World’s #1 Masters in Finance in 2009) - according to the Financial Times
  • 2,000 degree students a year from 100 plus countries and 34,000 alumni, incorporating a network of 86 clubs in 43 countries, are found in more than 130 nations
  • The Family Business Club – founded in 2002 – has 850 members consisting of over 600 alumni, and hosts several events throughout the academic year including discussion panels, educational seminars and social events


  • Members of Family Businesses and Students from London Business School MBA, Executive MBA, MIM, GMIM, MIF, SLOAN and international exchange students 
  • Current students and alumni from other leading UK universities, including University of Cambridge, University of Oxford, London School of Economics and Political Sciences (LSE), University College London, Imperial College London, etc
  • Family Business Organisations from across Europe and London