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Family Firms and Entrepreneurship: A different point of view
Advising / Behavioral Science / Consulting / Family Business / Family Enterprise / Governance

Family Firms and Entrepreneurship: A different point of view

Continuing our series on Myths and Realities, HEC Montréal professor Danny Miller weighs in on “Family Firms and Entrepreneurship: A different point of view.” Myth: Family firms are stodgy, conservative and hobbled in their efforts at entrepreneurship. Reality: Due to their long-term focus and superior resources, many family firms actually have an advantage in their entrepreneurial … Continue reading

Myths and Realties: Polar opposites?
Behavioral Science / NextGen

Myths and Realties: Polar opposites?

Pursuing the year-long theme of Myths and Realities, The Practitioner adds to the conversation with some of the latest thinking on the teenage brain, negative emotions, positive and negative space, and, finally, reframing some of the myths and realities around family enterprise longevity.     The Brain: Conventional wisdom — especially from parents of teenagers — suggests … Continue reading

Addiction and Family Business
Addiction / Advising / Behavioral Science / Consulting / Issues in the Family Enterprise

Addiction and Family Business

Thanks to Jim Hutcheson of ReGENERATION Partners for this contribution to “Blogs from the FFI Fellows.” Addiction contributes to poor communication, lack of trust, and even dysfunction in family enterprises. Data from a 20-year study led by ReGENERATION Partners indicates that over 50% of family firms seeking assistance from a family business consultant have an … Continue reading

Developing Positivity in Family Business Leaders
Advising / Consulting / Family Business Review / Issues in the Family Enterprise / Uncategorized

Developing Positivity in Family Business Leaders

(Authors: Donella Caspersz and Jill Thomas) Research Applied summary prepared by Wayne Rivers, Family Business Institute Working with the cooperation of the Family Business Australia FORUM, the authors studied a leadership intervention in a group context (a.k.a. peer advisory groups) over a five-year period. Their qualitative study explored how this intervention helped develop positivity in … Continue reading

Research Applied: <i>FBR</i> Summaries for the Practitioner
Advising / Consulting / Family Business Review / Issues in the Family Enterprise / Uncategorized

Research Applied: FBR Summaries for the Practitioner

The first in the quarterly series of practice-oriented précis of articles from the Family Business Review. Thanks to: Barbara Dartt, Family Business Consulting Group, summary on “Career Advancement in a Family-Owned French Construction Firm Under Changing Labor Legislations and Market Demand, 1946-1985” (Authors are Noël Bonneuil and Manuela Martini) Ken McCracken, Consultant, Withers Consulting Group, … Continue reading

Career Advancement in a Family-Owned French Construction Firm Under Changing Labor Legislations and Market Demand, 1946-1985
Advising / Consulting / Family Business Review / Issues in the Family Enterprise / Uncategorized

Career Advancement in a Family-Owned French Construction Firm Under Changing Labor Legislations and Market Demand, 1946-1985

(Authors: Noël Bonneuil and Manuela Martini) Research Applied summary provided by Barbara Dartt, Family Business Consulting Group Utilizing data from one family-owned French firm (Cavella), the authors study these questions: In this firm, does merit, seniority, family relationship or national origin influence labor cost? How much do regulation and economic conditions interact with other influencers … Continue reading

Communication Traps: Applying game theory to succession in family firms
Advising / Consulting / Family Business Review / Issues in the Family Enterprise / Uncategorized

Communication Traps: Applying game theory to succession in family firms

(Authors: Nava Michael-Tsabari and Dan Weiss) Research Applied summary prepared by Ken McCracken, Consultant, Withers Consulting Group “Would you like to start discussing your succession plan?” is obviously a key question for the founder of a family business. Advisers know that the answer could be either: “Yes, let’s get on with it” — a type of … Continue reading