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
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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