Governance and Family Business Transfer

The Chair aims to disseminate tools and good practices observed during studies and provide training to managers and buyers of family businesses. It also aims to help and assist managers in implementing these good practices.


Editorial by Patrice Charlier


The portion of business transfers within a family is only 12% in France, compared to 65% in Germany and 76% in Italy! These are often poorly or inadequately prepared: only 15% of family businesses have a succession plan, even though it is a complex process. This process includes the transfer of ownership and management, but also, and above all, a strong emotional dimension for the transferor, the transferee, and family members.

One of the key factors in this low number of transfers is the emotional dimension. This is precisely what guides the work and conferences of the Governance and Family Business Transfer Chair.


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Our Research Areas

  • Corporate governance (board of directors)
  • Family governance (family council, family charter)


Our Mission

The Chair’s objective is, on the one hand, to carry out studies on the emotional aspects related to the transfer and governance of family businesses and, on the other hand, to disseminate the results of this work and expertise. This is done through publications in magazines, newspapers, broadcasts, and through training modules for transferors and transferees of family businesses, as well as for directors of family businesses.


Since 2012, Mazars has supported the Governance and Family Business Transfer Chair at EM Strasbourg Business School. As a trusted partner of entrepreneurs, Mazars has designed transmission support solutions that are deployed with players of all sizes and in all sectors of activity. In this context, ...

Jean-Louis Koessler, Mazars

Key Figures

  • 1

    doctoral dissertation defended in cooperation with the University of Mons

  • 2

    postdoctoral contracts with PhD students from the University of Mons (Belgium) and the University of Quebec in Trois Rivières (Canada)

  • 1

    five-day training course, Young Family Business Transferees, running since 2016



Head of the Governance and family business transfer Chair



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