Research-Based Advice for Family Businesses: Our 10 Best-Read Articles

FamilyBusiness.org aims to provide family business owners and leaders advice that helps them be more successful. One important source of advice is based on research: rigorous studies that analyze Read More...

Category: Commentary

Authors: Kimberly Eddleston and Mat Hughes

Do You Treat In-Laws Like the Family Business Outlaws ?

Have you heard this before? “If it wasn’t for my in-laws, our family would be fine!” Such frustrated statements are typically followed by rants about how someone spends too lavishly, does not Read More...

Category: Applied and Practice

Authors: Claudia Binz Astrachan , Joseph Astrachan and Torsten Pieper

Keep the Founder's Entrepreneurial Spirit Alive in Future Generations

Most significant wealth is created through entrepreneurship, and in many countries family business plays a large role. But once the family business is established and successful, what further Read More...

Category: Applied and Practice

Author: David Werdiger

Help Your Family Business by Helping Others

When Katie Rucker was asked to lead a $15 million fundraiser for a local Ronald McDonald House, her twin sister Jenny Dinnen at first worried about running the family business without her co-leader. 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