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Women Show Their Strengths When Family Businesses are in Trouble 

Around the world, women have always been part of family businesses. However, little is known about how they affect the continuity of family firms in certain areas of the world, especially patriarchal Read More...

Category: Research Insight

Authors: Allan Discua Cruz , Eleanor Hamilton , Giovanna Campopiano and Sarah Jack

Let's Talk About Money -- and Trauma

  For better or worse, our genetics and childhood experiences spill into our adult lives -- and in the case of family businesses, they affect how we view our family coworkers and the wealth our Read More...

Category: Interviews

Author: Kimberly Eddleston

10 Things That Help Family Businesses Preserve Their Legacy

From small shops to large multinational corporations, family-owned firms are the anchoring organization in our society. They are pervasive, expanding, and a core employer of human capital and Read More...

Category: Applied and Practice

Author: R. Adam Smith

How Families Can Run Their Businesses With Both Head and Heart

FamilyBusiness.org Senior Editor Mat Hughes recently appeared on R. Adam Smith’s LinkedIn channel to talk about a challenge that all family businesses face: the pull between the passions and Read More...

Category: Commentary

Authors: Mat Hughes and R. Adam Smith

How the Right Mix of Employee Incentives Fosters Innovation

Many people assume that when a family business honors its past, it can’t focus on the future. But our research has found that having the right incentives in place encourages employees at family Read More...

Category: Research Insight

Authors: Elisa Villani , Christian Linder , Alfredo De Massis and Kimberly Eddleston

Build the Strong Family Bonds That Lead to Business Success

Strong emotional bonds between family members underpin the success of family businesses. But all too often, being emotionally or geographically distant can weaken those bonds and undermine the Read More...

Category: Commentary

Author: Kimberly Eddleston

Generative AI Can Help Family Businesses Innovate and Grow

EDITOR'S NOTE: FamilyBusiness.org Senior Editor and EIX contributor Mat Hughes spoke with leading AI researcher and innovation expert Paavo Ritala on how new generative AI technologies like ChatGPT Read More...

Category: Interviews

Authors: Mat Hughes and Paavo Ritala

Will Your In-Laws Help or Hurt Your Family Business?

We’ve seen the remarkable impact of in-laws on famous family businesses, for better or worse. Examples include the infamous Gucci family feud between Maurizio Gucci and his wife Patrizia Reggiani, Read More...

Category: Research Insight

Authors: Marco Mismetti , Emanuela Rondi and Cristina Bettinelli

What If a Hedge Fund Invests in my Family Business?

Publicly traded family firms may attract all sorts of investors from outside the family. And like other publicly traded firms, they sometimes attract activist hedge funds, whose primary purpose often Read More...

Category: Research Insight

Authors: Matthias G. Leute , Yannick Bammens , Martin Carree and Jolien Huybrechts

Why Family Businesses Must Mind the (Generation) Gap

  Family businesses are unstoppable when they benefit from the wisdom of founders and older leaders and the forward-thinking, innovative outlook of the next generation. But all too often, these Read More...

Category: Interviews

Author: Kimberly Eddleston