Ivan Lansberg
Ivan Lansberg

Adjunct Professor of Family Enterprises and Academic Director of the Center for Family Enterprises

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Professor Ivan Lansberg is an organizational psychologist in New Haven, Connecticut. He is co-founder and a senior partner of Lansberg, Gersick & Associates LLC, a research and consulting firm specializing in family enterprise and family philanthropy. Ivan was a professor of organizational behavior at the Yale School of Management for seven years, and a Research Fellow at Yale’s Institute for Social and Policy Studies. Prior to his affiliation with Yale, Ivan taught at the Columbia University Graduate School of Business. The son of an entrepreneur, he has personally experienced many of the issues associated with family business ownership.

Ivan is a frequent speaker at family business programs organized by universities and industry groups. Ivan has also helped establish research and executive programs on family business in many colleges and universities, both in the U.S. and abroad. These centers include the International Institute for Management Development, in Lausanne, Switzerland; the Montreal Institute for Family Enterprise; El Instituto de la Empresa Familiar, in Barcelona, Spain; and the Universidad de los Andes and the Escuela Adolfo Ibañes, in Santiago, Chile.

One of the founders of the Family Firm Institute, Ivan was the first editor of the Family Business Review, the professional journal of the family business field. For the past ten years, he and his associates have done extensive research on leadership succession and family business continuity. He has written widely on family business issues. He is a frequent contributor to the Harvard Business Review his most recent articles include The Tests of a Prince (September 2007) and Cello de Familia (with Kelin Gersick) – on the governance and continuity challenges facing Latin American Family Enterprises - (August 2006). His latest book Succeeding Generations, published by the Harvard Business School Press (1999), is on succession and continuity in family enterprises. He is also a co-author of Generation to Generation: Life Cycles of the Family Business, published by HBS Press in 1997. Ivan’s work has been featured in such publications as the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, BusinessWeek, Fortune and Family Business magazine. His books and articles have been translated into many languages, including: Mandarin, Japanese, Spanish, Portuguese and Dutch.

Ivan’s broad consulting experience includes work with family businesses in the United States, Asia, Canada, Europe and Latin America. He also participates on the boards of directors of a number of family companies.

Ivan holds Ph.D., M.A., and B.A. degrees from Columbia University.

Print Vita
Ph.D., 1983, Social Psychology, Columbia University
M.A., Social Psychology, Columbia University
B.A., 1976, Social Psychology, Columbia University

Academic Positions
Lecturer & Co-Director Family Enterprise Programs, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, 2000-present
Professor, Yale School of Management, Yale University, 1983-1989

Other Professional Experience
Co-founder and senior partner, Lansberg, Gersick and Associates, 1999-present

Print Research
Ward, John L.Ivan Lansberg and Sachin Waikar. 2011. Carvajal SA: Building on a Centurey of Business Growth and Family Values.
Lansberg, Ivan, Mary Alice Crump and Sachin Waikar. 2014. Carvajal, S.A.: Building on a Century of Business Growth and Family Values. Case 5-313-503 (KEL872).

Print Teaching
Executive Education
Governing Family Enterprises
Develop new governance and leadership skills and learn to differentiate the roles and responsibilities of owners, family members, independent directors and executives. This collaborative program will equip you to define your family enterprise’s future and move toward that future with confidence.
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Leading Family Enterprises
This four-day program is designed for the next generation of members who are or aspire to be leaders for their family enterprise. You will discover how to manage the strategic and personal pressures that are at the core of these complex enterprises.

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