Morten Bennedsen

Morten Bennedsen

Niels Bohr Professor, Department of Economics, University of Copenhagen

Andre and Rosalie Hofmann Chaired Professor of Family Enterprise Academic Director of the Wendel International Centre for Family Enterprise. Professor in Economics, INSEAD.

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About Me


Morten Bennedsen is the André and Rosalie Hoffmann Chaired Professor of Family Enterprise and Professor of Economics at INSEAD. He leads the family business activities at INSEAD and is the academic Director of the WENDEL International Center for Family Enterprise and the co-director of the Hoffmann Research fond. He obtained a PhD in economics from Harvard University in 1998, a Master Degree with Distinction from London School of Economics and a Bachelor Degree from 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. He has done research on family firms, closely held corporations, capital structures, venture capital, investor protection, private equity, ownership structures and privatization. His work has been published in top finance and economics journals, such as Journal of Financial Economics, Journal of Political Economics, Quarterly Journals of Economics and Journal of Public Economics. Morten Bennedsen has won a number of research and teaching prices.


He has served as an advisor to the Danish Ministry of Business in the area of family firms and succession politics in particular and more generally on corporate financial policy. He has has done advisory and consultancy work for a.o. the largest Danish family firms, the Danish association of private equity funds, the Danish Ministry of Foreign affairs, the World Bank and Novo Nordicfoundation. He frequently gives talks to family firms, corporate finance institutions, investment banks and private equity funds.


Morten Bennedsen’s research has been cited in many international newspapers and other media outlets including BBC1 radio, South China Morning Post, Wall Street Journal, International Herald Tribune and business newspapers in Germany, Nederland, Portugal, Norway and Denmark.