Special Issue: Women in Family Firms

March 07, 2022 - Issue #55

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.
How Women Can Make it in the Ultimate Man's World How Women Can Make it in the Ultimate Man's World A study in Bahrain reveals how women business owners are transcending societal boundaries. A key strategy: establishing personal and market legitimacy, then getting the attention of influencers.
Sherri Noxel

Editor's Pick

Sherri Noxel

One Tough Mother

One Tough Mother is not an academic text but an inspirational autobiography from the late Gert Boyle. It is the story of her inheriting her father’s sporting goods business and the unexpected death of her husband when she was 46. Gert rebuilt the company that is now one of the finest examples of G3 family enterprise ownership of a publicly traded global company.

"One Tough Mother: Taking Charge in Life, Business and Apple Pies” by Gert Boyle, G2 CEO of Columbia Sportswear.

Family Firms Can Optimize Women's Strengths Family Firms Can Optimize Women's Strengths Women often juggle many roles in the business and the family, and typically shun the idea of power because they associate it with dictators and manipulation.
Being Female Affects Business Loans from Family and Friends Being Female Affects Business Loans from Family and Friends A study shows that women entrepreneurs have a harder time getting financing not only from banks, but also from friends and family.
Breaking the Glass Ceiling in a Family Business Breaking the Glass Ceiling in a Family Business Despite decades of striving and some progress, women still face challenges. Outdated ideas about primogeniture and a woman's rightful place have not yet gone away, and women still feel too much pressure to prove themselves.
Women Can Help Their Family Businesses Navigate Crisis Women Can Help Their Family Businesses Navigate Crisis Women can be indispensable in times of trouble, but the glass ceiling and the glass cliff still hold them back even at family firms. Seven things to think about.
Changing the Face of the Construction Industry Changing the Face of the Construction Industry The construction industry remains stubbornly a male-dominated field, but Emily Bittenbender is giving it a new face and a new approach to managing.
Women Can Cultivate a Leadership Presence Women Can Cultivate a Leadership Presence "Gravitas" is a personal attribute that helps women carry themselves like leaders and helps others perceive them that way. It doesn't come naturally.
Search & Save Enter search below to create an easy reading list
Recent
Why Family Firms May Need More Legal Advice Than They Think
by Kajsa Haag, Hanna Almlöf, Marina Madsen, and Mette Neville / Research Insight

Families are often reluctant to anticipate and plan for the day when an unexpected transition might upend their business. The costs of inaction are high. Read more...

How to Defuse and Recover From Family Business Conflict
by Kimberly Eddleston / Interviews

A clinical psychologist and family business advisor shares tips for cutting through emotions and focusing on conflict rationally and productively. Read more...

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...

Trending
Unforeseen Crisis Made These Family Businesses Stronger
by Rebecca Alguera Kleine, Bingbing Ge, and Alfredo De Massis
Editorial offices located at St Thomas University

Editorial offices located at St Thomas University

Popular
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