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Developing Your Business Family Strategy: Where to Start and What to Consider
Successful, long-lasting business families share an understanding of what is important to them, what they want to do together, and how they want to work together to achieve their collective goals and Read More...
'CHAOS' Brings Order to Family Businesses
Many people make the mistake of thinking that family businesses are simple businesses. Nothing could be further from the truth. The coexistence of two systems with differing ways of thinking—the Read More...
Should Family Businesses Have Employee Ownership Plans?
Like almost all family businesses, Commercial Casework in Hayward, California had to plan for when family owners would want to sell. The company, with about 100 employees, is one of the San Francisco Read More...
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Women Can Help Family Firms Innovate – but Socioemotional Factors Matter
Around Europe and elsewhere, the number of women in leadership roles is going up, and they are having a measurable impact on innovation and profits. Many researchers have found that having more women Read More...
What All Family Businesses Can Learn From the Merck Family
The Merck family business dates back to this apothecary, founded in 1668. The German Merck family has succeeded where many business families have failed: Keeping a group of 319 family members, Read More...
Should Your Next CEO be From Outside the Family?
In her discussion with Matt Nielsen of Nielsen-Massey Vanillas International, Editor Kimberly Eddleston goes into a sensitive topic for many family firms: whether an outside leader is better equipped Read More...
The New Family Business Powerhouses: Wives and Moms
Today women hold leadership positions in government, head up Fortune 500 companies, and oversee countless philanthropic programs. Yet in many successful family businesses, the roles of women remain Read More...
Non-Family Board Members Bring Perspective and Growth
  What happens at a family firm with shared ownership and leadership? Matt Nielsen, Managing Director of Nielsen-Massey Vanillas International Europe, is candid about the disagreements and Read More...
Four Things that the Best Family Business Boards Do Well
First of a two-part series Can you quantify your board’s contribution to the performance of your family business? Even if you can’t put a number on it, you should have a keen sense of how much Read More...
Research Reveals How Business Families Have Coped With COVID-19
For this research, we surveyed over 1,000 family businesses around the world, with the objective to identify the most effective measures to cope with the COVID-19 pandemic. What sets our research Read More...

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