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EDHEC Business School was founded in 1906 by a group of entrepreneurs from northern France who were looking for a response to their training needs in international commerce. EDHEC is a private school and has operated as a non-profit entity since 1958. A century later, EDHEC is recognized as one of the best business schools in Europe: ranked in the Financial Times’ Top 15 European Business Schools at the 14th place and at the 3rd place among French business schools, and in The Economist’s European Top 10 for its Full Time MBA. Its programme in Finance is also ranked 5th by the Financial Times in its worldwide ranking of Masters of Sciences in Finance (3-year average).


The excellence of EDHEC Business School has also been recognized through its triple accreditation: AACSB, AMBA and EQUIS. The school has 6500 students enrolled in academic programmes, with more than 30 000 alumni in 120 countries, with more than 20 research centres, chairs and institutes, and more than 300 international partner universities.

EDHEC has primarily five Centres of Excellence that concentrate academic community expertise: EDHEC-Risk Institute, Legal Edhec, Economics, Financial Analysis & Accounting and the Family Business Centre. The EDHEC Family Business Centre is a reflection of the EDHEC Business School strong, historical links with family businesses. Its mission is supporting the long-term entrepreneurial model of family businesses by inspiring the family business communities through research and education on both the business and socio-emotional dimensions crucial towards sustainability. As such, the main research interests deal with emotional dynamics management, governance and performance, entrepreneurship, succession, financial decisions and social commitment.


As such, the Family Business Centre benefits from transdisciplinary collaborations with the other EDHEC Research Centres with publications are at the intersection of law, economics, finance, organizational behavior and entrepreneurial family business topics. It provides educational programs on family business on the BBA, Master and Executive Education levels that are driven by research. It also organizes events that disseminate research towards practical implications by bringing along academics, practitioners, family business members and policy makers to share about specific topics on entrepreneurial and family businesses.

Rania Labaki, Ph.D.

is an Associate Professor at EDHEC Business School, teaching and conducting research at the intersection of the fields of finance and family business. Her recent interests revolve around the role of the family emotions in entrepreneurial and financial decision-making. She serves also as the Director of the EDHEC Family Business Centre and the Academic Director of the Family Business Global Executive MBA. Prior to joining EDHEC, Rania was Associate Professor of management at the University of Bordeaux and Visiting Scholar at Baruch College-The City University of New York and Zeppelin University. She is an active member of editorial and reviewing boards for academic journals on family business and of advisory academic committees. She is actively involved in the main organizations dedicated to education, research, networking, and entrepreneurial initiatives on an international level such as her role as board member at IFERA, conference committee member at FFI, and scientific committee member at FBN France and FBN Levant. Along with a Ph.D. in Management Sciences from the University of Bordeaux, she is recipient of several international academic awards for her contributions to the family business field.


Lorraine M. Uhlaner, Ph.D.

is Professor of Management, specialized in Entrepreneurship and Family Business at EDHEC Business School. She received her Ph.D. in Organization Psychology from the University of Michigan. Her current research interests include responsible ownership and corporate governance in family businesses, and other privately-held firms. Within the realm of SME’s her research is wide-reaching, covering also such topics and corporate social (especially environmental) responsibility, innovation and knowledge management and business succession. A second research stream focuses on prediction of individual (social) entrepreneurial behavior, especially multi-level research which examines informal (cultural) and formal institutional influences. She is a member of both the Dutch GEM (Global Entrepreneurship Monitor) and French STEP teams. She has many publications in highly ranked academic journals in management, entrepreneurship, and family business.

Fabian Bernhard, Ph.D.

is an Associate Professor of Management and a member of the Family Business Center at EDHEC Business School in France. He earned his PhD student at the European Business School (EBS) in Germany where he developed the ideas of his book on “Psychological Ownership in Family Businesses”. He was a research professor at INSEEC Business School in Paris and an adjunct professor at the Family Enterprise

Center (FEC) at Stetson University of Florida in the US. His current topics of interest are at the intersection of organizational behavior, organizational psychology, and family business research. In particular, he is interested in the emotional dynamics in family businesses, moral emotions, the education and preparation of next generational family business leaders, attachment to family business and its influence on the decision-making process.

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