About the KCFE

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The Kellogg Center for Family Enterprises (KCFE) is dedicated to rigorous and relevant research into the unique demands, strengths, and evolutionary paths of family enterprises and to disseminating those findings with impact.

In addition to our focus on the complexities of family enterprise leadership, governance and strategy, we integrate Northwestern University's and the Kellogg School of Management's authoritative expertise into our curriculum to create a world-class, comprehensive, cross-discipline family enterprise resource. Our fusion of this deep academic capability with knowledge gleaned from our global community of high-impact business-owning families helps create the Center's unique theory-driven, evidence-based frameworks.

KCFE has a three-pronged approach:

  • Providing MBA curriculum and programming for students who are part of a family business, as well as students interested in the fields of private equity and venture capital;
  • Offering executive education courses such as "Leading Family Enterprises," "Governing Family Enterprises," and "Family Enterprise Boards: A Program for Current and Prospective Directors";
  • Conducting groundbreaking research to better understand the challenges facing business families.