Raphael Amit, PhD

Marie and Joseph Melone Professor; Professor of Management, The Wharton School

Research Interests:

Entrepreneurship, family business, venture-capital financing

About Raphael:

Raphael (“Raffi”) Amit is the Marie and Joseph Melone Professor and a Professor of Management at the Wharton School. Professor Amit founded and leads the Wharton Global Family Alliance (WGFA), a unique academic-family business partnership established in 2004, to create and disseminate knowledge that is helpful, timely, and important to substantial families and to their businesses through thought leadership, knowledge transfer and the sharing of ideas and best practices among influential global families. Professor Amit served as the academic director of Wharton Entrepreneurship which encompasses all of Wharton’s entrepreneurial programs between 1999 and 2015.

Professor Amit holds BA and MA degrees in Economics, and received his PhD in Managerial Economics and Decision Sciences from Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management. His current research and teaching interests center on family business management, ownership, governance, finance, family wealth management including family office, on venture capital and private equity investments, on entrepreneurship, on the design of innovative business models and on business strategy. He has published extensively award winning research in leading academic journals and is frequently quoted in a broad range of practitioner outlets.

Professor Amit has been working with substantial families around the world on such issues as creating governance systems for families and their businesses, succession, valuation, wealth management, the formation of a family office, and more. Overall, the work of Professor Amit with families integrates the behavioral and emotional issues that characterize the life of each family, with the economic and financial issues that must be addressed to sustain family harmony and happiness alongside with the long-term prosperity of the family enterprises.

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Executive Education Programs Taught

Family Governance LATAM
Academic Director
This program is designed for financial advisors and managers of family offices for high-net-worth individuals/families based in Latin America and Miami seeking to learn how to guide their clients in developing and maintaining family governance systems to help preserve the family business, wealth, and family harmony for multiple generations.

Global CEO Program: A Transformational Journey
This program meets on three non-consecutive weeks in three different countries – IESE in Sao Paulo, Brazil, the Wharton School in Philadelphia, and CEIBS in Shanghai, China. Strengthen your knowledge of new markets, reflect on pressing issues, and broaden your skills as a senior leader.