Why Women CEOs Offer Family Businesses an Entrepreneurial Advantage

A CEO who supports entrepreneurship is important to both family and nonfamily business success. However, the need to remain entrepreneurial is especially important for family businesses because their Read More...

Category: Research Insight

Authors: Kimberly Eddleston and Franz Kellermanns

Why Family Firms May Need More Legal Advice Than They Think

Family business owners often depend on legal advice to control ownership changes and uphold a functional balance between owners. This legal advice on ownership issues spans both family law and Read More...

Category: Research Insight

Authors: Kajsa Haag , Hanna Almlöf , Marina Madsen and Mette Neville

Unforeseen Crisis Made These Family Businesses Stronger

Pandemics, wars, and natural disasters can have a significant impact on the economy and its organizations.  Such events are called “exogenous shocks” because they come without warning from Read More...

Category: Research Insight

Authors: Rebecca Alguera Kleine , Bingbing Ge and Alfredo De Massis

Perceptions of Family Firms Vary by Country: Why This Matters

Research shows that family businesses enjoy numerous reputational benefits in their relationships with stakeholders ( Astrachan , 2021). Customers usually believe they provide better quality; Read More...

Category: Research Insight

Authors: Philipp Jaufenthaler , Oliver Koll , Reinhard Prügl and Maximilian Lude

When the Family Leaves the Business, Can Their Values Remain?

We already know that family firms differ from non-family firms by their powerful commitment to core values that subordinate profit to other goals. While non-family companies use rationality and Read More...

Category: Research Insight

Authors: Roy Suddaby , Wilson Ng , Natalia Vershinina , Gideon Markman and Matthew Cadbury

Succession, Money, and Relationships Were Top-10 Topics in 2023

FamilyBusiness.org aspires to be the #1 peer-reviewed resource for thought leadership in family business for owners and leaders, students, and professors. To achieve this goal, we are building a Read More...

Category: Commentary

Authors: Mat Hughes and Kimberly Eddleston

Punishment, Reward, Control: How Money Shows Up in the Business Family

In popular culture, the portrayal of family businesses in movies and TV shows, such as Ridley Scott’s "House of Gucci" or HBO’s "Succession," often revolves around the pursuit of wealth and the Read More...

Category: Applied and Practice

Authors: Claudia Binz Astrachan and Anneleen Michiels

An Innovation Challenge Can Help Employees Feel More Connected

  PD Instore , which designs and builds product displays that help companies create a great customer experience, found an innovative way to help its employees feel more connected with one Read More...

Category: Interviews

Author: Kimberly Eddleston

Good Intentions Can Sow Dysfunction at Family Businesses

People wear many hats at family businesses: owners, managers, and family members. All too often, says family business advisor Sara B. Stern, they're thinking like family members rather than owners Read More...

Category: Commentary

Authors: Kimberly Eddleston and Sara Stern

Our Family Business YouTube Channel Has Launched!

FamilyBusiness.org, a leading resource for family business owners, entrepreneurs, and anyone interested in learning more about family businesses, is excited to announce the launch of its new YouTube Read More...

Category: Commentary

Author: Jennifer Gessner