John A. Davis
 Senior Lecturer

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John A. Davis is a Senior Lecturer of Business Administration at Harvard Business School. He is currently teaching the Entrepreneurial Management course, Management of the Family Business, which explores the personal, family, career and business issues found in family-owned and managed companies.

Professor Davis is also the faculty chair for Harvard Business School's Executive Education program, Families in Business: From Generation to Generation. This one-week program, which runs each November and March, examines pivotal issues and provides state-of-the-art knowledge about family-run companies. Discussion topics include succession, governance, work relationships, family business dynamics, inheritance, and wealth.

Trained in business management, psychology, and economics, Professor Davis earned his Doctorate in Business Administration from Harvard Business School in 1982. He has also taught at the University of Southern California and has lectured about family companies in programs at IMD (Switzerland), INCAE (Costa Rica), and Universidad Adolfo Ibanez (Chile). Professor Davis is a fellow of the Business Family Foundation in Montreal.

Professor Davis consults and speaks globally to family companies on the topics of governance, working with relatives, strategic and succession planning, and professionalizing the family business. He has been recognized as one of America's leading wealth advisors. In 1989, he founded the Owner Managed Business Institute, an organization that consults to family businesses.
 

Co-author of Generation to Generation: Life Cycles of the Family Business published by Harvard Business School Press, Professor Davis has published on a wide range of topics pertinent to family companies. He also serves on the editorial board of Family Business Review, the leading journal in the field. A book describing the practices of successful family companies is Prof. Davis' current writing project. His theories and observations have been cited by the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Financial Times, Economist, Business Week, Family Business magazine, Family Business Review, and many other publications.

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