Kelin E. Gersick, Ph.D.

Co-founder, Senior Partner, Lansberg, Gersick & Associates

Kelin E. Gersick, Ph.D. is a co-founder and a senior partner of Lansberg, Gersick & Associates. He has taught at Harvard University and Yale University, and is Professor Emeritus of Organizational Psychology at the California School of Professional Psychology. His consulting, teaching, and educational programs on family business and family foundations have taken him throughout North America and to more than 35 countries in Central and South America, Europe, Asia, Australia, the Middle East, and Africa.

Kelin is the lead author of Generation to Generation: Life Cycles of the Family Business (1997, Harvard Business School Press), The Succession Workbook: Continuity Planning in Family Foundations (2000, Council on Foundations), Generations of Giving: Leadership and Continuity in Family Foundations (2004, Lexington Books), and many articles, cases, columns, and other publications. He has served as Co-Editor in Chief of Family Business Review, and is currently Chair of the Research Board for the International Institute for Family Enterprise.

Kelin’s consulting work focuses on the impact of family relationships – marriage, parenting, siblings, and cousins, and multiple generations — on governance and continuity in family businesses, family foundations, and family offices. Kelin holds a Ph.D. from Harvard University and a B.A. from Yale University.


Generations of Giving: Leadership and Continuity in Family Philanthropy (Interim Report)

Posted on February 4, 2003 by Kelin E. Gersick, Ph.D.

Philanthropy is sailing into a new, uncharted era in North America, and family philanthropy is at the prow. Private charitable giving in 2000 topped $212 billion in the United States, an all-time record. At the same time, the number of new private foundations more than doubled from 1987 to 2001, with more than 6,000 new foundations created in 2000 alone… Read More

Governance in the Evolving Business Family

Posted on April 29, 2002 by Kelin E. Gersick, Ph.D.

After introducing a three’stage model of business family development in ‘Staying Connected While Growing Apart,’ Kelin Gersick explores the implications of that model for the critical tasks of governance and continuity. While strategy, finance, and management can strengthen a family enterprise, continuity depends viable family relationships, the commitment and collaboration of an ever-expanding network of ever-more-distant relatives… Read More

Equal Isn’T Always Fair

Posted on October 28, 1996 by Kelin E. Gersick, Ph.D.

Parents want to be fair to all their children. When their offspring work together in the business, it isn't always easy to figure out the best way to do it. Parents can certaintly create conditions that make sibling partnerships possible, through mentoring, training, discussions of partnership options at an early age, and through an equitable distribution of ownership… Read More

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