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Kimberly Eddleston

Schulze Distinguished Professor of Entrepreneurship / D'Amore-McKim School of Business / Northeastern University

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Want to Give Your Entrepreneurship Students Real-World Experience? Try Consulting Projects
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Students gain exposure to the inner-workings of a business, while entrepreneurs receive a fresh perspective, academic insight and assistance. Read More...
Restaurant Icon Frank DePasquale Shares Recipe for Success
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His key ingredients: Learn from others. Listen to customers. Hug your employees. Read More...
Category: Interviews
B-School Students Put New Restaurant on the Map
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Here's what happened when Boston-area restaurant owner “Lakis” Vlahoulis let students into the kitchen. Read More...
Category: Interviews
'Femgineer' Aims to Empower Technology Specialists
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Poornima Vijayashanker discusses how she turned her blog into a thriving business, and why entrepreneurs must be coachable. Read More...
Category: Interviews
Retooling Products to Reach New Markets: The Lindt Candy Dilemma
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This exercise helps entrepreneurship students understand the importance of retooling products to reach new markets. Read More...
Real-Life Drama: Creating a TV Series Based on a Family Business
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From the "director's chair," students illustrate the challenges of the family firm, and what makes a good one. Read More...
Talk With Real Customers Before the Launch
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How entrepreneurs can test the waters before they roll out a new venture. Read More...
Category: Commentary
How Best Buy Engages Employees in Putting Customers First
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In an era when customers are always ready to bolt, here's how Best Buy keeps them coming back. Read More...
The 'Fredo Factor:' How Deadbeats and Troublemakers Hurt Family Businesses
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As the Corleones and many other family firms have learned, bad-apple relatives can wreak havoc. How to deal with your "Fredo." Read More...
Why Family Firms Are Like Jenga
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They're sensitive, easily disrupted and conflict-prone. Author Doug Baumoel discusses why they must innovate nonetheless. Read More...
Category: Interviews
Confidentiality Agreements Promote Candor in Family Business Classes
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For students to share their own good and bad family experiences in a family business class, confidentiality is essential. Read More...
Being Female Affects Business Loans from Family and Friends
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A study shows that women entrepreneurs have a harder time getting financing not only from banks, but also from friends and family. Read More...
Investing for a Better World: A Conversation with Justin Rockefeller
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A fifth-generation Rockefeller shares insights about how entrepreneurs and businesses can align investment and values. Read More...
Category: Interviews
Let's Get Professional: Family Firms Need HRM Practices
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Family business members and students can learn how professional human resources practices can minimize issues. Read More...
How Can the Family Business Cope When a Key Non-family Exec Leaves?
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"But he was like family!" What one firm learned from an unexpected and devastating departure. Read More...
'There's No Birthright' and Other Tips for Raising Entrepreneurial Leaders
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Joe Brito shares the management tips that made his four-generation Rhode Island-based construction firm so successful. Read More...
Category: Commentary
What it Takes to Build a Four-Generation Business
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From a single bulldozer in the 1950s, this top Rhode Island construction firm has thrived by adhering to its founder's core values. Read More...
Trust Me: I'm a Salesman
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A former police offer had to learn to sell when he became an entrepreneur. Read More...
Category: Commentary
Starting Over: The Midlife Entrepreneur
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A former policeman talks about the challenge of launching his own company selling professional-quality artisanal knives. Read More...
Category: Commentary
Breaking Norms to Get Ahead: Do Women Entrepreneurs Need a Dash of Psychopathy?
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A 2016 University of Alabama Study concluded that women with a benign touch of psychopathy (callousness, ability to put aside emotions to do a tough job, not afraid to buck gender norms) are more Read More...
Category: Commentary
Helping Women Entrepreneurs Succeed: What's Needed Now
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Women Entrepreneurs are growing in number, but much more needs to be done to support them and prepare future generations. Read More...
Category: Commentary
Tavern Has the Recipe for Appeal and Profitability
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Fickle customers, tricky finances -- how a popular Rhode Island tavern meets the industry's key challenges. Read More...
Category: Commentary
#MeToo is Changing the Game for Startups
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New businesses today have both a mandate and an opportunity to build a workplace that not only complies with laws against sexual harassment, but also makes every employee feel respected, safe and comfortable. Read More...
Category: Commentary
The 5 Money Mistakes That Blindside Entrepreneurs
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Too many families underestimate the business's impact on their personal finances and don't plan for the future. Read More...
Category: Commentary
More Women Should Study Entrepreneurship
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Women have become a powerful part of the global economy, but many college and university entrepreneurship programs are not attracting them. In this interview with EIX's Kim Eddleston, professors Read More...
Category: Commentary
Venture Helps Artisans with Special Needs Find Markets
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Yad has a social mission at its heart: it aims to help Guatemalan artisans with special needs express themselves through art, and then find retailers who can help them reach markets for their work. Read More...
Category: Commentary
Mentorship Helps Mission-Driven Venture Thrive
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Vulnerable women living in Colombia are earning money and improving their lives through jewelry-making, thanks to Artyfactos. The company has found markets for the women's creations in the US and Read More...
Category: Commentary
Trust Your Mentors, and Your Gut
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The founder of Made Organics encourages entrepreneurs to balance advice from mentors and their own vision. Read More...
Category: Commentary
'Imposter Syndrome' Holds Back Entrepreneurial Women
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Many women who want to grow their businesses get in their own way because of how they see themselves. Here's how they can stop selling themselves short. Read More...
Family Business Experts: How to Survive the Holidays Intact
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Holiday gatherings can be fraught with resentment. Advice from the experts and "Bob's Burgers." Read More...
Category: Commentary
Encouraging Family Business Members to Go the Extra Mile
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Tight control or adaptability and collaboration? A hybrid of both approaches motivates best. Read More...
Category: Commentary
Becoming the Boss: Advice for Women in Family Businesses
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More women are taking over their family business from a man, but they're still seen as the wife, daughter, sister or niece rather than the boss. Read More...
Category: Interviews
The 5 Mortal Sins of New Product Development
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Northeastern University Professor Stephen L. Golden discusses five mistakes that innovators and companies make that can doom a new product. Read More...
Category: Interviews
Turn Your Idea Into an Innovation
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Many blockbuster products and companies have started with people who were not engineers, scientists or coders. Fortunately, today they can easily get help developing their product. Read More...
Category: Interviews
Family Business Professors: Resources For Online Learning
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Many professors are revising their courses for remote learning. Check out our free and peer-reviewed resources that can easily be used in an online course. Read More...
Professors Share Tips for Moving Online
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As classrooms close, teachers are moving classes online. Here are some tips from those who've made the transition. Read More...
Category: Commentary
Professors Share Best Practices for the Online Classroom
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Faculty and students around the world are making a huge transition. Using the right technology and supporting students will be critical. Here's some advice from professors who've learned what works. Read More...
More Advice for Engaging Students Online
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Now that you (successfully) moved your course online, this followup article offers more activities and techniques to incorporate. Read More...
What Family Businesses Should be Doing Now
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Threats to survival can push family businesses to reassess strengths and weaknesses, look for opportunities and challenges coming their way, and unite behind a challenge. Read More...
Be Part of An Important Survey About Coping With Covid-19
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We have a unique opportunity to learn from one another and generate new knowledge that will last generations. We need your help! Read More...
Category: Commentary
Food for Thought: Starting a Side Hustle While Working Full-time
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It's possible to start a business while working for someone else, and it can even make you look better to your current boss. But the risks can be great, too. A successful "sidepreneur" shares her secrets. Read More...
Category: Interviews
Women Can Cultivate a Leadership Presence
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"Gravitas" is a personal attribute that helps women carry themselves like leaders and helps others perceive them that way. It doesn't come naturally. Read More...
Category: Interviews
Back to School: Resources for an Uncertain Time
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Colleges and universities everywhere are grappling with how to teach in fall of 2020: online only, on campus or a hybrid. These articles will help entrepreneurship educators be prepared for whatever happens. Read More...
Category: Commentary
Family Members Can be Valuable Mentors
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Entrepreneur, philanthropist and author Simran Mohinani has great role models among her family members. She talks about balancing the family and mentor relationships and offers advice for future family business leaders and women. Read More...
Category: Interviews
Breaking the Glass Ceiling in a Family Business
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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. Read More...
Category: Interviews
Daughters prepare to lead family firms
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Daughters are increasingly assuming leadership roles at family firms. In this video, two future business leaders talk about family expectations, their worries, their hopes for the future and the importance of knowing their value. Read More...
Category: Interviews
Startup Helps Military Spouses be Successful Entrepreneurs
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Many smart and talented military spouses are becoming entrepreneurs, a path that allows them to thrive professionally even when they can't stay in one place. Read More...
Category: Interviews
A Road Map for Resurgence
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With a vaccine on the way, we feel the best advice for 2021 is to focus on what comes next.  These articles from the past year can inform your game plan for the post-Covid world that will dawn in a few months. Read More...
Category: Commentary
Team Exercise: How Parenting Styles Affect The Next Generation
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This experiential exercise is designed to enhance student learning about the four parenting styles and how they affect the dynamics within the family firm. Read More...
Listen to the Experts: How Family Firms are Surviving the Pandemic
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While some family businesses have closed their doors forever, others have successfully pivoted their business. Four experts discuss what they did right. Read More...
Category: Commentary
Family Firms Can Optimize Women's Strengths
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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. Read More...
Category: Interviews
Female Advisors Can Help Family Businesses
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Women advisors can contribute unique perspectives that often emphasize synergies between the family and business. Read More...
Category: Commentary
Foundations Give Entrepreneurs a Channel for Doing Good
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Foundations provide a way for entrepreneurs to address societal problems or to help organizations focused on education, health care research or the arts. Read More...
Category: Interviews
Divorce Can Hollow out a Family Business — But it Doesn’t Have to
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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. Read More...
She Always Gives Her All to the Family Firm -- but He Follows the Leader
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Women go the extra mile regardless of how they are treated by leadership. Men only exert extra effort in exchange for altruistic leadership. Read More...
Category: Research Insight
Generous Entrepreneurs Giving Back With Donor-Advised Funds
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Described as a "charitable checkbook," a donor-advised fund can give successful entrepreneurs an easy approach to philanthropy. Here's how they work. Read More...
Category: Interviews
What the Bob Ross Fight Can Teach Business Owners
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The fight over the beloved TV artist's estate is a cautionary tale for any business. How to protect your business and your heirs well before you die. Read More...
Category: Features
People With Disabilities Can Bring Strength to Your Business
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A more generous view of human capability helps companies access a wider pool of talent in an era of profound labor shortages. Read More...
Category: Interviews
The New Normal: Overcoming Post-Pandemic Challenges to Survival and Growth
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How to power through this new phase of supply chain problems, labor shortages, frozen networks and the "great resignation." Read More...
Category: Commentary
Lessons From the Perdue and Sheraton Families on Getting Along
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Mitzi Perdue, author of a book about family businesses and widow of Frank and daughter of a Sheraton Hotels founder, shares lessons about family harmony. Read More...
Category: Interviews
How Family Firms Can Prevent (or Cool Down) Sibling Rivalries
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Koch Industries, McCain Foods and Robert Mondavi were all roiled by sibling battles. These three strategies will help you prevent it. Read More...
Family Business Experts: How to Survive the Holidays
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We're republishing this popular article from year-end 2019, which includes timeless advice about getting along from our family business editors. Read More...
Category: Commentary
Strategies for Keeping Your Family Connected
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We continue our discussion with Mitzi Perdue, widow of Frank and daughter of a Sheraton Hotels founder, who shares what she's learned about family unity. Read More...
Category: Interviews
Fostering Diversity and Inclusion Can Be Good for Business
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It can bring stronger connections with customers, better problem solving and enhanced creativity. Here's how to get started. Read More...
Category: Interviews
Getting Along: Straight Talk from a Family Business Veteran
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Trust people. Walk around a lot so you meet more non-relatives. And don't show off your new car when the firm is tightening the belt. Read More...
Category: Commentary
Thought Leader Dennis Jaffe: What the Best Family Businesses Get Right
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Jaffe shares the insights gained from his research into family firms from around the world that have lasted at least three generations. Read More...
Category: Interviews
Family Firm Values Start at an Early Age
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Values, as Mitzi Perdue points out, help children become responsible stewards of the family business when it's their turn.  Read More...
Category: Interviews
How the Next Generation Can Earn Legitimacy, Respect and Loyalty
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Succession can be rocky when the heir is viewed as entitled to the crown, rather than deserving of it. Author Bob Buday talks about how thought leadership can help. Read More...
Category: Interviews
Dealing with Inflation: Advice From the Experts
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Keep moving forward; adjust your product portfolio and brand; and manage your family and your money. Read More...
Category: Commentary
From Startup to Midsized Company: Managing the Growing Pains
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Startups and family firms with between $10 million and $1 billion in revenue, need different kinds of strategies and leadership, as Rob Sher of Mastering Midsized points out. Read More...
Category: Interviews
Growing Pains? Advice to Recharge and Sustain Growth
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A family firm that grows into a midsized company may be going through what Rob Sher calls the difficult "teenage years of business." How to manage the transition Read More...
Category: Interviews
Non-Family Board Members Bring Perspective and Growth
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The 100-year-old Nielsen-Massey flavorings company, whose vanilla and other products can be found on store shelves everywhere, spiced up its management with non-relatives. Read More...
Category: Interviews
Should Your Next CEO be From Outside the Family?
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What happens when the best leader for your family business isn't part of the family? One company decided to look outside, and it improved family relationships. Read More...
Category: Interviews
How Family Businesses Can Attract and Keep the Best People
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We interviewed four founders of family businesses to learn about their challenges and what's working. Read More...
Category: Research Insight
Family Business Professors: 34 Ways to Energize Your Class
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These free classroom exercises, interviews and other resources will add new energy, fun and inspiration to your students' course work. Read More...
Category: Commentary
Firm But Flexible Parents Raise the Best Family Business Leaders
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Overly strict and overly permissive parents are not doing their children or the family business any favors. "Authoritative" parents have the best results. Read More...
Category: Research Insight
Advice for Untangling Conflict in a Family Business
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Janme Sinha of Boston Consulting Group talks about how soft emotional issues and hard business issues can tear families apart. Read More...
Category: Commentary
Should Family Members Be the 'Face' of Your Company?
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Making family members part of your business's image has both benefits and risks. How to weigh if it's the right move. Read More...
Category: Commentary
The Family Business 'Generation Gap' Can Undermine Success
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Money, opportunity and succession are all areas where the generations often don't communicate with each other. Professor Peter Jaskiewicz shares insights from his acclaimed new book. Read More...
Category: Interviews

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No a**hole rule by Robert Sutton
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gS2GBq5lKAU

This video offers an overview of Robert Sutton's Harvard Business Review article and book titled: "The No A**hole Rule." It reminds us about the need to be civil in the workplace and not to tolerate bad behavior. From an entrepreneurship standpoint, it highlights the need for good leadership and the importance of creating an organizational environment that brings out the best in people.

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