Developing responsible owners in family business

“When owners start talking about their rights rather than their responsibilities, a family business is in trouble“.  (Smith Lanier) Introduction Management and organization research and Read More...

Category: Applied and Practice

Authors: Torsten Pieper and Joseph Astrachan

How 1,100 Family Firms Grappled with Covid-19

For family firms, the Covid 19 experience has been compared to being battlefield doctors: they are surrounded by trauma and uncertainty, and forced to make decisions without any precedent to guide Read More...

Category: Interviews

Authors: Mat Hughes and Torsten Pieper

Daughters prepare to lead family firms

Daughters are increasingly assuming leadership roles at family firms. In this video, familybusiness.org Editor Kimberly Eddleston talks with two Northeastern University students who will join their Read More...

Category: Interviews

Author: Kimberly Eddleston

Women Can Help Their Family Businesses Navigate Crisis

Women can be indispensable in times of trouble, but the glass ceiling and the glass cliff still hold them back, even at family firms. Seven things to think about. Crisis is part of every Read More...

Category: Applied and Practice

Author: Rania Labaki

Everyday Gratitude in Times of Uncertainty

EDITOR'S NOTE: This popular article from three years ago is still relevant today. The author has updated it for 2023. Three years ago, we were emerging from a fiercely battled presidential election Read More...

Category: Applied and Practice

Author: Carol Wittmeyer

Breaking the Glass Ceiling in a Family Business

Despite decades of striving and some progress, women still face a glass ceiling in many tradition-bound family businesses.  In this interview with familybusiness.org Editor Kimberly Eddleston, Read More...

Category: Interviews

Author: Kimberly Eddleston

Winemakers Provide Lessons on Resilience

Like old vineyards that still produce great wines, older family businesses thrive across many generations developing resilient responses in the face of competition, market shifts and family Read More...

Category: Research Insight

Authors: Alfredo De Massis , Elisa Conz and Peter Lamb

Paychex Founder Tom Golisano's Advice for Innovators

MAJOR TAKEAWAYS: Make sure you totally understand an industry before you get into it. Don't assume that somebody with equity in your company will work harder. Compliment your competitors in front of Read More...

Category: Interviews

Authors: Catherine Buday and Jon Eckhardt

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...

Category: Research Insight

Author: Claudia Binz Astrachan

Women: Regain Your Professional Footing

While both men and women may be struggling to balance work and family commitments during the unique challenges posed by the Covid-19 environment, the bulk of childcare and eldercare has tended to Read More...

Category: Commentary

Authors: Dr. Susan Laverick and Elizabeth Bagnall