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Parental Divorce Affects Future Entrepreneurial Success

A child’s upbringing within his or her family often sows the seeds of entrepreneurial success later in life. Yet, families today are increasingly fragile, and many entrepreneurs have experienced Read More...

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Authors: Mateja Andric , Josh Hsueh , Thomas Zellweger and Isabella Hatak

Small Businesses and the Social Fabric of Urban Neighborhoods

In the bustling landscapes of our cities, small businesses play an important economic role. But their impact extends beyond economic activities. In many cities, small businesses are vibrant pillars Read More...

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Authors: Chris Danner , Abdifatah Ali , Daniel Forbes and Garrett Steede

Why Prominent Business Families Dive Into Politics

Across the world --  from Italy's Berlusconi, to the US’s Kennedy family, to Chile's Matte -- wealthy business families have not only been part of the economic elite but are also political Read More...

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Author: Marcelo Ortiz M.

Authenticity Lessons From the Craft Beer Industry

From ancient Mesopotamia through the onset of the Industrial Revolution, craft-based industries have been a path to prosperity. Today, craft-based ventures attract a growing number of consumers who Read More...

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Authors: Stanislav Dobrev and Cameron Verhaal

Managing Emotional Minefields Within Family Businesses

Adam looked at the customer standing at the counter in the wine cellar in disbelief. He couldn’t believe what he was hearing. He found the customer’s comments to be slightly rude. Adam felt anger Read More...

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Authors: Dr. Ayoosha Saleem , Francesco Barbera , Simon de Jong and Arvid Hoffmann

A Family's Non-Financial Values Shape Its Sustainability Strategy

Family businesses often have not only financial wealth but also nonfinancial values that make them different from nonfamily companies. For instance, the family’s significant control over ownership, Read More...

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Authors: Josh Hsueh , Alfredo De Massis and Luis Gomez-Mejia

What If Activists Target My Company?

Conventional business wisdom holds that innovation comes from smart strategizing inside the company. However, business innovations are often prompted by factors outside of a company. Increasingly, Read More...

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Authors: Theodore L. Waldron , James C Wetherbe , Chad Navis , Elizabeth Karam and Gideon Markman

How to Encourage Devotion Among Nonfamily Employees

Every business strives to recruit and hire the best employees and to retain them over time. Creating and nurturing a workplace environment that contributes to productivity and helps the firm achieve Read More...

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Authors: Josep Llach , Valeriano Sanchez-Famoso and Dr. Sharon M. Danes

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...

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Authors: Kimberly Eddleston and Franz Kellermanns

For VCs, Communities May Matter More Than Connections

Whether in the science parks of Shenzhen in China or the coffee shops of Silicon Valley in the United States, vibrant communities of investors, entrepreneurs, and experts drive progress by fostering Read More...

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Authors: Xiaoteng Wu , Arzi Adbi and Pasha Mahmood