June, 2021

June 23, 2021 - Issue #33

Foundations Give Entrepreneurs a Channel for Doing Good Foundations Give Entrepreneurs a Channel for Doing Good Foundations provide a way for entrepreneurs to address societal problems or to help organizations focused on education, health care research or the arts.
Measuring the Financial Impact of Family Businesses on the US Economy Measuring the Financial Impact of Family Businesses on the US Economy Future tax and regulatory policies will impact family businesses, their employees, the local communities they support and the economy.
Four Things that the Best Family Business Boards Do Well Four Things that the Best Family Business Boards Do Well Independent directors hold others accountable and encourage change even when firmly entrenched relationships or operating philosophies make it seem impossible.
To Encourage Innovation, Tap the Next Generation of Leaders To Encourage Innovation, Tap the Next Generation of Leaders This article and podcast explore how family businesses can keep products and services relevant and avoid playing catch-up with competitors.
Use Digital Marketing to Build Demand for Your Product Use Digital Marketing to Build Demand for Your Product Here's what you need to know about SEO, PPC, influencer marketing and content marketing -- all tools that will get you noticed.
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Should You Brand Your Family Business? Evidence from Research and Practice Should You Brand Your Family Business? Evidence from Research and Practice Touting its family ownership may help a firm impress some stakeholders, but may deter others. The family must be strategic in its branding efforts.
How Scotch Whisky is Fueling Decades of Good Works How Scotch Whisky is Fueling Decades of Good Works Without heirs, the Robertson sisters 60 years ago created an evergreen philanthropic-commercial hybrid company that remains protected from taxes and takeovers.
A Bonanza for Food Trucks A Bonanza for Food Trucks

Many restaurants were forced to close during the pandemic, but food trucks -- many of them family-run -- found a way to keep rolling, as this New York Times article points out.

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Helping Next-Gens Envision Their Family Firm’s Future Success
by Nadine Kammerlander and Friedrich Kammerlander / Education and Teaching

This classroom exercise seeks to motivate future family firm leaders to think ahead and design a holistic vision of their family firm in 10-15 years, covering many different (and potentially conflicting) aspects of it. Read more...

Better Let Your Brother Do It: Men Are Still Preferred in CEO Successions
by Jan-Philipp Ahrens, Melania Riefolo, Annegret Hauer, and Katharina Siegert / Research Insight

At 800 German firms, 81% chose sons over daughters in succession decisions -- and the presence of first-born sons also made them exclude outside candidates. Read more...

Unforeseen Crisis Made These Family Businesses Stronger
by Rebecca Alguera Kleine, Bingbing Ge, and Alfredo De Massis / Research Insight

The COVID-19 pandemic forced six German family firms to reckon with their identities, positioning and strategies -- and transform themselves for the better. Read more...

Perceptions of Family Firms Vary by Country: Why This Matters
by Philipp Jaufenthaler, Oliver Koll, Reinhard Prügl, and Maximilian Lude / Research Insight

Firms that signal they are family-run are usually seen as better quality and enjoy higher levels of trust, except in places like India where they're everywhere. Read more...

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Developing responsible owners in family business
by Torsten Pieper and Joseph Astrachan
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When the Family Leaves the Business, Can Their Values Remain?
by Roy Suddaby, Wilson Ng, Natalia Vershinina, Gideon Markman, and Matthew Cadbury
Supported by the Richard M Schulze Family Foundation

Supported by the Richard M Schulze Family Foundation