How To Know When You Need a Lawyer (and How To Find the Right One)

A risk-reward dynamic any entrepreneur must learn to balance is deciding when your firm needs a lawyer. Had Personal Software filed a patent on its app Visicalc, for example, Visicalc would today Read More...

Category: Commentary

Author: Dustin Slade

Family Offices: The Sober Guardians of Family Wealth

Family businesses, and the wealth they create, are run by human beings, who can be impulsive. When the wealth is substantial, often an impartial third party is the best choice to manage this wealth Read More...

Category: Interviews

Author: Kimberly Eddleston

One Family, Multiple Businesses: Preserving Harmony and Profits

For business or emotional reasons, sometimes one family ends up with more than one business under its umbrella. An entrepreneurial, ambitious family member may want to launch a new venture, or a Read More...

Category: Interviews

Author: Kimberly Eddleston

Assessments Can Help Develop Family Business Leaders

Assessments, tests, and evaluations are being used more routinely in businesses, and new tools are coming on the market designed specifically for family firms. In our consulting work with families Read More...

Category: Practice Insight

Author: Doug Gray, PhD

New Ways Business Owners Can Use Boards

  While boards of directors are common at large firms and nonprofits, family businesses don't always see their value or understand how to use them well.  However, according to consultant Read More...

Category: Commentary

Author: Kimberly Eddleston

Developing Your Business Family Strategy: Where to Start and What to Consider

Successful, long-lasting business families share an understanding of what is important to them, what they want to do together, and how they want to work together to achieve their collective goals and Read More...

Category: Applied and Practice

Authors: Tom Rüsen , Isabel C Botero , Arist von Schlippe and Torsten Groth

'CHAOS' Brings Order to Family Businesses

Many people make the mistake of thinking that family businesses are simple businesses. Nothing could be further from the truth. The coexistence of two systems with differing ways of thinking—the Read More...

Category: Commentary

Author: Salvatore Sciascia

Should Family Businesses Have Employee Ownership Plans?

Like almost all family businesses, Commercial Casework in Hayward, California had to plan for when family owners would want to sell. The company, with about 100 employees, is one of the San Francisco Read More...

Category: Commentary

Author: Corey Rosen

Women Can Help Family Firms Innovate – but Socioemotional Factors Matter

Around Europe and elsewhere, the number of women in leadership roles is going up, and they are having a measurable impact on innovation and profits. Many researchers have found that having more women Read More...

Category: Research Insight

Authors: Jonathan Bauweraerts , Emanuela Rondi , Paola Rovelli , Alfredo De Massis and Salvatore Sciascia

What All Family Businesses Can Learn From the Merck Family

The Merck family business dates back to this apothecary, founded in 1668. The German Merck family has succeeded where many business families have failed: Keeping a group of 319 family members, Read More...

Category: Commentary

Authors: Tom Rüsen , Claudia Binz Astrachan and Frank Stangenberg-Haverkamp