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March 13, 2023 - Issue #85

Falling from Grace: How Scandals Affect Family Businesses Falling from Grace: How Scandals Affect Family Businesses Feuds, deception and bad behavior can undermine your brand and your family's image. Here are four types of scandals and some notorious examples.
How Family Businesses Survive Unexpected ‘Wild Cards’ How Family Businesses Survive Unexpected ‘Wild Cards’ From government upheaval to COVID, Poland has dealt with many devastating events over the past 30 years. Fifteen family firms told us how they survived it all.
How Family Firms Can Ensure Being Sustainable Pays Off How Family Firms Can Ensure Being Sustainable Pays Off Potential customers and employees are more likely to trust a sustainability report if they understand that a family with strong values is behind it.
Diverse Boards Help Family Businesses Expand Internationally Diverse Boards Help Family Businesses Expand Internationally Pushing into new markets across geographic borders requires a family business to be more focused on possibilities…and this is where boards can make the difference.
How to Fix Succession Conflicts Stemming From Complicated Families How to Fix Succession Conflicts Stemming From Complicated Families Warring ex-spouses, far-flung families...Part 2 of our two-part series looks at how to fix succession challenges that are already underway.
March 2023
Succession Planning Should Start Earlier Than You Think Succession Planning Should Start Earlier Than You Think It's never too early to plan for succession and get family members ready for leadership. The authors share ideas from research and practice in this video and podcast.
New Ways Business Owners Can Use Boards New Ways Business Owners Can Use Boards Boards can help family firms align the interests of owners and managers, and "keep the wheels on the bus."
The Perils of Being Bought The Perils of Being Bought

Renowned UK clothing and streetwear retailer Wellgosh, a family-owned and run business for over 35 years, will soon close -- just two years after being bought by retail giant JD Sports.

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by Jan-Philipp Ahrens, Melania Riefolo, Annegret Hauer, and Katharina Siegert / Research Insight

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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...

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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...

When the Family Leaves the Business, Can Their Values Remain?
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Researchers explored how the Cadbury family’s Quaker values, which prioritized honesty and fairness, have endured even after the confectioner was sold to Kraft. Read more...

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