Kenneth Kaye

Kenneth Kaye

Kenneth Kaye, Ph.D., M.F.A.

Ken Kaye earned his A.B. and Ph.D. degrees from Harvard University. He trained in family therapy at the Family Institute of Chicago, and had a general practice as a clinical psychologist before beginning his specialty in family business dynamics in 1986.

Kaye has published dozens of articles and books for professional advisors as well as family business members about resolving the disputes, rifts, and tension between generations that threaten to hobble their enterprises. The books most descriptive of his work with family firms are Workplace Wars and How to End Them (AMACOM Books, 1994) and The Dynamics of Family Business (2005).

As a researcher, Dr. Kaye authored The Mental and Social Life of Babies: How Parents Create Persons (University of Chicago Press, 1982; subsequently republished in five languages) and more than three dozen articles in scholarly journals. For parents, he has published Family Rules (3d edition: 2005), as well as articles for Psychology Today, Redbook, The Sciences, Family Business, Corporate Board, Nation’s Business, and many other magazines.

His latest book is Trust Me: Helping Our Young Adults Financially, co-authored with Nick Kaye, now available as an e-book.

A former faculty member at Northwestern University’s Institute of Psychiatry, Dr. Kaye has served on numerous editorial boards and advisory boards, ranging from non-profit social service agencies to a $75 million manufacturing company.

Kenneth Kaye was one of the first recipients of the Family Firm Institute’s Contribution to the Field award, and founded PDFB, the annual conference of leading psychologists who specialize in family business problems. He was a long-time Adviser Member and Consultant to Family Office Exchange (FOX).

An instrument-rated commercial pilot, Ken’s work reflected diverse experiences including acting, sailing, mountain climbing, and an MFA from Bennington College in Writing and Literature. He is married to food stylist Janice Bell, and has four adult children and five grandchildren.

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Complete list of Ken’s 35 published articles about family business dynamics