A faculty member at Harvard Business School since 1996, Professor Davis teaches and researches in the family business, family wealth, and life planning fields. He is faculty chair of Families in Business: From Generation to Generation, Families in Business/China and Crossroads: Discovering the Path Ahead. Professor Davis also teaches in the Owner/President Management and Key Executive programs.
Professor Davis has taught two entrepreneurial management courses in the MBA program. Management of the Family Business explores the management, familiy, career and personal issues found in family-owned and managed companies; Building a Business in the Context of a Life addresses entrepreneurship, life planning, and life success.
Trained in business management, psychology, and economics, Professor Davis earned his Doctorate in Business Administration from Harvard Business School in 1982. He has served on the faculty of the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California, and has lectured on family business management at Stanford University, IMD (Switzerland), INCAE (Costa Rica), Universidad Adolfo Ibanez (Chile), and Universidad de los Andes (Chile).
Recognized as one of the world's leading experts and advisors concerning family business and family wealth, Professor Davis consults and speaks globally on the topics of dynastic success, family and business governance, succession, developing the next generation, working with relatives, shareholder relationships, and professionalizing the family business. He is the founder and chairman of Cambridge Advisors to Family Enterprise, an organization that advises family businesses globally.
Professor Davis is co-creator of the Three-Circle Model, with Professor Renato Tagiuri, which is the fundamental paradigm in the family business field. He co-authored Generation to Generation: Life Cycles of the Family Business, a preeminent work in the field. He has published on a wide range of topics pertinent to family companies. Professor Davis is completing books on managing the performance of relatives, family business governance, and successful family business dynasties. He serves on the editorial boards of Family Business Review and the Journal of Family Business Strategy. His theories and observations have been cited by the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Financial Times, The Economist, Fortune, Business Week, Exame, Family Business Magazine, and many other publications.
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The Role of the Family Business in the World Economy
Interaction with Other Family Business Members
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