Family Business: Developing a Sustainable Legacy

The future is here and family business owners need to manage the duality of keeping the business ready for change and innovation, while paying attention to family wellbeing and the development of the next generations.

The program is led by top experts on Family Business and Entrepreneurship from WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management and Católica Lisbon School of Business and Economics. It includes a visit to a successful Portuguese industrial family business in transition and provides cultural and networking opportunities for German and Portuguese family members.

This executive program is built to help family business leaders deal with this complexity. Taking place in Lisbon, in an environment of moderated learning and sharing among successful peers, participants will understand how to adjust their businesses to a more complex and digital world, while creating opportunities for family members to bond, learn to make more effective decisions and explore opportunities for societal impact. 

Who should attend this program?

The program is targeted at family business owners and family members, including the next generation. Ideally, participants have a management role in their family business or a role/interest in the philanthropic side of the family activities.


Participants are welcome to enroll individually or join as a family team.

  • Identifying and addressing specific needs of family businesses in transition phases
  • Gaining insights into managing and communicating change
  • Acquiring hands-on tools for effective decision making and conflict management
  • Diving into ways to make the family business more agile in a digital world
  • Learning about tools to make the family business ready for succession
  • Understanding the emerging areas of social innovation and social investment 

Prof. Dr.

Christina Günther

IHK-Chair of Small and Medium-Sizes Enterprises


Filipe Santos

Professor of Entrepreneurship at CATÓLICA-LISBON School of Business & Economics

Joana Santos Silva

Research and Development, Strategic Marketing and Planning and Business Development

The 4-day program will take place in Lisbon, Portugal.

Dates: The next program will take place in Spring 2018. Dates will soon be published.

The program language is English.


€2,750 (excluding accommodation)
€3,250 (including accommodation)

Participants will receive a joint certificate by WHU and CÀTOLICA-LISBON after successfully completing the program.

CATÓLICA-LISBON is the leading business school in Portugal, where it was the first school to receive Triple Crown international accreditations: AACSB, EQUIS and AMBA. These credentials are achieved through a successful combination of world-class students and faculty, strong curricula, innovative applied-learning projects, partnerships with prestigious Business Schools worldwide and a close connection with the corporate world. The School is consistently ranked among the top 25 European Business Schools and as one of the 20 best Executive Education Schools in Europe, according to the Financial Times.

Floor Hofhuis

Business Development Manager Executive Education



  • Strategy
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Digitalization
Place Lisbon, Portugal
Language English
Price 2.750€

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