Morten Bennedsen

Morten Bennedsen


Morten Bennedsen is Niels Bohr Professor at the University of Copenhagen and André and Rosalie Hoffmann Chaired Professor of Family Enterprise at INSEAD and the Academic Director of the Wendel International Centre for Family Enterprise INSEAD.

He obtained his PhD in Economics from Harvard University in 1998, a Master’s degree with distinction from London School of Economics, and a Bachelor Degree from the University of Copenhagen. His area of teaching includes family business governance, corporate governance, applied microeconomics, and firm theory.

Morten Bennedsen’s main research area is the governance of family firms and other closely held corporations in a global context. His work has been published in top finance and economics journals, such as Journal of Finance, Journal of Financial Economics, Review of Financial Studies, Journal of Political Economics and Quarterly Journals of Economics and he is the author of the book “The Family Business Map: Assets and Roadblocks in Longterm Planning”. Morten Bennedsen has won a number of research and teaching prices including the biggest Danish individual research price from the Ministry of Science.

Morten Bennedsen’s research is frequently discussed in global media outlets such as BBC Radio 1, Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, International Herald Tribune, and newspapers, radios and television in Singapore, China, Hong Kong, India, France, Germany, Nederland, Portugal, Norway and Denmark. He writes regularly columns for China Family Business Review and South China Morning Post.

He has served as an advisor The Danish Ministry of Business, The Danish and Ministry of Foreign Affairs, private equity funds and the World Bank. He consults and work with many families in Europe, in Asia and in the rest of the world. He frequently gives talks to family firms, corporate finance institutions, investment banks, and private equity funds on governance of family firms and the economic consequences of succession.

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