Tools for Exploring the Family Business System: Some examples and some thoughts
Advising / Consulting

Tools for Exploring the Family Business System: Some examples and some thoughts

The process of working with family enterprises can be complex, due to the intricacies inherent in the family business system, the urgency surrounding the functioning of the business, and the unique context each individual member brings to the system. Many practitioners who advise family-owned companies employ assessments or surveys to gain a glimpse into what’s … Continue reading

Myths & Realities: Across cultures and across generations
Advising / Consulting / Core Disciplines / Education / Issues in the Family Enterprise / Law / Trends in Family Enterprise

Myths & Realities: Across cultures and across generations

The first in a four week series on “Myths & Realities: Across cultures and across generations.” Thanks to contributors Leif Melin, Jönköping International Business School, (interviewed by series editor Boris Matijas) and Daniel Lorenzo, University of Cadiz. Go here to listen to Professor Leif Melin, Jönköping International Business School, explain some of the main myths … Continue reading

Myths & Realities: Across Cultures and Across Generations
Advising / Consulting / Core Disciplines / Education / Issues in the Family Enterprise / Law / Trends in Family Enterprise

Myths & Realities: Across Cultures and Across Generations

Professor Leif Melin, Jönköping International Business School, explains some of the main myths still related to family businesses and why these myths are no longer a reality. (Interviewed by Boris Matijas, director & founder of Archipiélago Empresa Familiar) Continue reading

Myth and Reality: Why are family firms considered less innovative?
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Myth and Reality: Why are family firms considered less innovative?

Family firms are usually considered more conservative, averse to taking risks and hardly innovative, as compared to non-family firms. This cliché is present not only in street conversations but also in the academic field, even though solid arguments to cast aside this notion have appeared in recent years. Some realities and some myths: One characteristic … Continue reading

Competition: Then and now
Advising / Behavioral Science / Consulting / Family Business / Family Enterprise

Competition: Then and now

This week’s blog deals with competition – but not with the competitors you might imagine! The Practitioner loves competition! And even if you’re not a fan of sports, it’s hard to avoid the topic right now. First, there’s the FIFA investigation, then there’s the just finished US Open with some family business stories embedded in … Continue reading

Inside Out: Rethinking estate planning for family businesses
Advising / Consulting / Core Disciplines / Governance / Issues in the Family Enterprise

Inside Out: Rethinking estate planning for family businesses

A perennial topic from a new perspective. Read Roy P. Kozupsky’s (Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP,) and Amy Renkert-Thomas’ (Withers Consulting Group) blog “Inside Out: Rethinking estate planning for family businesses.” Inside Out: Rethinking estate planning for family businesses Much has been written about estate planning over the years, but in this blog we want … Continue reading

Research Applied: <i>FBR</i> Précis for the Practitioner
Advising / Behavioral Science / Consulting / Family Enterprise / Issues in the Family Enterprise / Management Science

Research Applied: FBR Précis for the Practitioner

Continuing our Research Applied précis for the September issue of FBR. Go here for Ken Moores précis on Linking Bonding and Bridging Ownership Social Capital in Private Firms: Moderating Effects of ownership-management overlap and family firm identity. Go here for Navneet Bhatnagar’s précis on Is Diversity Management Related to Financial Performance in Family Firms?   Continue reading