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August 11, 2021 - Issue #36

Divorce Can Hollow out a Family Business — But it Doesn’t Have to Divorce Can Hollow out a Family Business — But it Doesn’t Have to It’s surprising how many business-owning families fail to properly plan for this worst case scenario. Here's advice from two experts about protecting the business.
The Making of Successful Female Family-Enterprise Leaders The Making of Successful Female Family-Enterprise Leaders Our discussions with 46 women from family firms around the world yielded insights about their challenges, their strengths and their influences -- including grandmothers.
The 'New Normal' Will Challenge Family Business Resilience The 'New Normal' Will Challenge Family Business Resilience This article and podcast explore how family firms are adapting in a world where uncertainty is the only certainly. This will define their business strategy for years to come.
Unique Challenges to Family Business Resilience Unique Challenges to Family Business Resilience Any crisis brings opportunities to rethink what your family business can do or should do moving into the future. This article and podcast will stimulate reflection
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How Women Family Business Leaders Are Thriving in Morocco How Women Family Business Leaders Are Thriving in Morocco Successful women in a patriarchal country like Morocco have turned some social barriers into competitive advantages -- and they are leading with both head and heart.
The Best Family Business Boards Embrace Candor and 'Necessary Endings' The Best Family Business Boards Embrace Candor and 'Necessary Endings' Boards are there to help you be more successful. Here's more advice on how family business leaders can harness their board's full potential.
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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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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