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

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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 Outdated ideas about primogeniture and a woman's rightful place have not yet gone away, and women still feel too much pressure to prove themselves.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.
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Why Prominent Business Families Dive Into Politics
by Marcelo Ortiz M. / Research Insight

A Chilean study found that the reasons go beyond protecting the family’s assets and economic interests. Read more...

A Secret to Success: Family Business Centers
by Kimberly Eddleston / Interviews

While family members running a business together often lean on one another for advice, they can often learn best from people running other family businesses. Read more...

Attitudes Towards Money Can Cloud Family Business Decisions
by Claudia Binz Astrachan and Anneleen Michiels / Applied and Practice

A family’s orientation towards money and wealth can harm the business and sell future generations short. Read more...

Twins Can Be a Family Business's Superpower
by Kimberly Eddleston / Commentary

While forever being part of a duo can be challenging, twins can bring many strengths to their family business when they are aligned with each other. Read more...

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