The Global Family Managed Business (Global FMB) is an innovative 12-month, tri-city program designed to equip incumbents of family businesses with the knowledge, skills and attitude required to tackle challenges that are unique to family managed businesses. Global intelligence is a unique outcome of the Global FMB program as participants are given opportunities to live and study at our campuses in Dubai, Mumbai and Singapore, and as a result, develop the skills needed to take their business global.



A traditional Master's program is ideal for those aspiring to join the corporate sector. S P Jain’s FMB recognises that family businesses have unique business and family challenges involving issues of ownership and management, and is designed to incorporate exhaustive coverage of these issues. S P Jain's GFMB emphasises all-round development involving all aspects of family business so that you can work with experts in all fields.

The GFMB faculty at SP Jain are stalwarts in family managed business, having specialised in the subject for at least a decade or more. Led by Prof. Parimal Merchant, our excellent professors have an immaculate way of connecting with the student community on personal and business issues, giving students an extended learning and comfort of asking questions, without hesitation.

The program includes one week of classroom learning at S P Jain’s state-of-the-art campuses, followed by three weeks of application-based learning at the participants’ family businesses, culminating with the submission of a robust business plan. During the application phase, students can test and apply their classroom lessons and witness the impact it has on their family businesses.

Understanding the global business environment is key to business success. In current times, any business has global impact, directly or indirectly, and at S P Jain, we offer our students two immersions -- the Middle East Immersion (in Dubai) and the Far East Immersion (in Singapore) -- that provide them with the global skills and exposure their business demands. 
The Middle East Immersion helps students understand the potentiality of business and learn from different businesses that operate in the GCC as well as the MENA (Middle East and North African) territories. Many businesses have made Dubai as their base to foray into international markets. Dubai is a place of convergence of different cultures, making it one of the most popular cosmopolitan place in the Middle East. 
The Far East Immersion will expose students to the rapidly evolving economies of Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia and Myanmar and also learn through exposure to industry practitioners and business leaders who would share essential management insights and strategies to develop family business.

While the program imparts modern and global perspectives it also addresses cultural issues peculiar to Family Businesses grounded in culture, traditions and family beliefs. The program also enables the students to learn about varied family interfaces and changes in the family cycle.

The program offers participants lifetime access to S P Jain’s eminent faculty, alumni network, and the opportunity to mentor subsequent batches and participate in campus events and refresher programs.

In the last five years of our short but checkered twelve-year-old history, we have been ranked by three of the world’s top four business school rankings – Forbes, Financial Times and the Economist. In each of these rankings, we are the youngest school featured – an accomplishment we attribute to our unique and innovative model of business education.        

Students of this 12-month professional program attend classes at S P Jain for one week per month (contact), and the following three weeks at their own family business. During this period, the student works on assignments that include reflecting on the lessons taught at School, and applying and validating them within the context of their own family business.

The program is structured in the following format:

  • CONTACT WEEK 1*: Mumbai or Delhi
  • CONTACT WEEK 2: Dubai  
  • CONTACT WEEK 3 - 5: Mumbai and Delhi
  • CONTACT WEEK 6: Mumbai
  • CONTACT WEEK 7 - 10: Mumbai and Delhi
  • CONTACT WEEK 11: Singapore 
  • CONTACT WEEK 12: Mumbai and Delhi

*Please note that decisions pertaining to the location of admission to the GFMB program will be undertaken by the Admissions Committee. The content, faculty and curriculum offered at both locations will remain the same.  

The program covers all aspects of management. Broadly it focuses on helping a student address the following areas:
  • GENERAL MANAGEMENT: What is and what should be my business?
  • BUSINESS SUPPORT SYSTEM: In what conditions do I operate?
  • BUSINESS IS CUSTOMER: Who is my customer and what drives his/her buying process?
  • BUSINESS IS OPERATIONS: How do I deliver what I promise my customer?
  • BUSINESS IS MONEY: What resources are utilized and what is the outcome?
  • BUSINESS IS PEOPLE: How do I manage people within my organization?
Students of the program learn from:
  • High-tech Adaptive Learning tools
  • Highly experienced faculty (through interactions both inside and outside the classroom)
  • Father/mentor about business implications
  • Manager/business staff about implementation
  • Peers in the class about application in different context
  • Industrial visits and business interactions
  • Classroom and out-of-classroom activities
  • Feedback sharing
  • Global immersion
Learning outcomes of the program include:
  • Creation/development of a comprehensive three-year business plan
  • Understanding the role of the student within the context of the business plan
  • Creation/development of a family plan outlining challenges/opportunities in view of the family life cycle
A unique and highly compelling feature of the program is the ‘MENTORSHIP’ component. A father, family member or an active participant in the family business acts as a mentor to the student throughout the duration of the program. The mentor must be someone with reasonable experience in and knowledge of the family business.
In a family business, decisions are taken within a specific context and reasoning. The mentor is expected to discuss the rationale and decision-making process with the student. At the same time, the student is expected to share his/her learning with the mentor and get his inputs on the applicability of the same in the family business.

Participants are guided and stimulated by a pool of world-class faculty who have collective experience of teaching and consulting family businesses > 100 years. Their profiles are listed below: 



  • Graduate in any stream


  • Must own a family business
  • Must have an exposure in one’s own family business

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A date for further evaluation and interview will be sent to you after your application form is submitted.


The Program Fee must be paid in the following installments:

  • Instalment 1:   INR 3,00,000 + GST (on registration)
  • Instalment 2: INR 11,00,000 + GST (before start of the program)

TOTAL Tuition Fee (DELHI PARTICIPANTS) : INR 14,30,000 + GST

The Program Fee must be paid in the following installments:

  • Instalment 1:   INR 3,30,000 + GST (on registration)
  • Instalment 2: INR 11,00,000 + GST (before start of the program)

The interview will be for 45 minutes in which you will have to prepare a presentation on your business. You would receive a guideline based email in which all information about the interview would be mentioned. The presentation should broadly cover 

  • About you
  • About your family business
  • About your role in family business

The mentor's presence is compulsory during the interview.

1. What is the Global Family Managed Business program (Global FMB)?
The Global Family Managed Business (Global FMB) is an innovative 12-month, tri-city professional program designed to equip the new generation of entrepreneurs from family businesses with the knowledge, skills and attitude required to tackle challenges that are unique to family managed businesses. The unique 1/3 week model ensures that learning acquired in the classroom (1 week every month) is supplemented (with SP Jain's online self-paced adaptive learning platform) and more importantly applied (with practical assignments to be carried out on their respective FMB) for 3 weeks every month.
Global FMB is offered by S P Jain School of Global Management which is recognized by Forbes, Financial Times and the Economist as a leading global business school.

2. Why do a Professional Program in Family Business instead of a standard postgraduate program?
A traditional Master's is ideal for those aspiring to join the corporate sector. S P Jain’s GFMB recognizes that family businesses have unique business and family challenges and is tailor-made to not just secure the entrepreneurial journey of the participants but also enable them to achieve exponential growth in their business. 

3. What do you mean by Global?
Since India is a signatory to WTO (Free Trade), Indian businesses face challenges from global players on one hand and have the opportunity to tap markets across the globe on the other. Understanding the global business environment is thus key to business success. Global intelligence is a unique outcome of the Global FMB program as participants visit and study at our state of the art campuses in Dubai and Singapore.

4. How does it relate to my particular business?
While type of business may vary, fundamentals of business remain constant. Besides, participants are required to not just do practical assignments within the context of their family businesses, but also develop a Business Plan which is an integral and mandatory part of the program. 

5. Are there any specializations?

The GFMB program is designed for future business owners. It emphasizes holistic development involving all aspects of family business so that you can effectively engage and get work done from experts in all fields.

6. How is SP Jain's GFMB different from other FMB programs?
  • The core faculty team led by Professor Parimal Merchant (who pioneered the FMB program 2 decades ago) have been teaching and mentoring FMB students for at least a decade or more.
  • The 1/3-week model ensures that participants can continue to be involved in their own family business during the course
  • The program is adapted to and has a dedicated component for tackling the challenges in and cashing in on the opportunities that today's digital / technological age presents e.g. ERP & CRM systems, Digital Marketing, Data Analytics.
  • SP Jain is a top-ranked global school with campuses in several international cities that students visit during the program.
7. Which subjects are taught? 

The curriculum is comprehensive enough to ensure holistic development of family business scions.

Four pillars of the business:

Business is Customer - Sales and Marketing

Business is Operations - Supply Chain Management

Business is People - Organisation Behaviour (OB)

Organisation Development (OD) and Industrial Relations (IR)

Business is Money - Finance, Cost Management, Direct and indirect Tax

Once pillars are strong, how high to rise depends on:

Building the Business - General Management (e.g. Strategy)

Business Dependencies - Economics, IT, Business Law, International Business, 

Digitization - ERP & CRM, Digital Marketing, Data Analytics, Cyber Security

To do the task effectively, one needs proficiency in:

Business Skills - Communication, Selling, Negotiation, Innovation

Business Leadership - Individual and Organizational, People and Task oriented.

In a family business there are further dimensions:

Business family interface - understanding mutual influence and improvement processes

Self-knowledge - understanding self

8. Which learning interventions are used?

Diverse interventions are used to ensure that the learning experience for the participants is holistic. 

  • Faculty & Peers (in & out-of-classroom)
  • Business Simulations (in classroom)
  • Self-paced Online Adaptive Learning
  • Mentor / Business Owner & Managerial Staff in Family Business (while executing projects for applying classroom learning)
  • Global Immersion (2 contacts in international campuses)  
  • Businessmen & Professionals
  • Industrial Visits (India and overseas)

The program offers participants lifetime access to S P Jain’s eminent faculty, alumni network, and the opportunity to mentor subsequent batches and participate in refresher programs.

9. What is the class profile?

Each participant ends up making lasting professional relationships with entrepreneurs across the country (as participants from all over India) and across industries (e.g. manufacturing, trading, retail, real estate, services) enroll for the program.

10. What are the eligibility criteria?

To apply for the program, applicants must have:

  • A Bachelor’s degree
  • Experience of exposure to one’s own family business
  • An aptitude to learn and grow the business.


Admissions are now open to the August 2018 Intake


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