Celebrating International Women's Day 2023

Around the globe, more and more women are taking their careers in their own hands by launching a business. Women represent one of the fastest growing segments of the entrepreneurship population Read More...

Category: Commentary

Authors: Kimberly Eddleston and Catherine Buday

Advice for Untangling Conflict in a Family Business

Janme Sinha became intrigued by family business conflict and dynamics when a distraught friend confided that his recently deceased father had left all of the shares of the family business to his Read More...

Category: Commentary

Author: Kimberly Eddleston

Family CEO Burnout: How to Prevent, Recognize and Deal With It

Between COVID, supply chain issues, armed invasions, unstable markets, and the great resignation with millions of workers leaving the workforce (Parker & Menasce Horowitz, 2022) – or, more Read More...

Category: Commentary

Authors: Lars B. Sonderegger , Claudia Binz Astrachan and Joseph Astrachan

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...

Category: Commentary

Authors: Tom Rüsen , Claudia Binz Astrachan and Frank Stangenberg-Haverkamp

How to Keep Remote Workers Inspired and Engaged

Like all kinds of firms, family businesses have undergone a culture shock because of the pandemic. After starting out in the pandemic’s early days as a survival mechanism, remote work is now Read More...

Category: Commentary

Author: Jay Mulki

Remembering Gordon Davis, Founder of Management Information Systems

Gordon Davis and Jim Wetherbe at the Celebration of 50 Years of MIS at the University of Minnesota in 2018. It takes a Herculean entrepreneurial effort to create and sustain a new academic Read More...

Category: Commentary

Authors: Brian Janz and James C Wetherbe

What Olivetti Style Teaches Us About Lasting Aesthetic Legacy

Lavazza. Alessi. Olivetti. Campari. These brands evoke images of products, advertisements, or memories of our past: the aroma of Lavazza coffee or an Alessi coffee maker at work, the sound of keys on Read More...

Category: Commentary

Authors: Peter Trümmel , Vittoria Magrelli and Alfredo De Massis

Dealing with Inflation: Advice From the Experts

Around the globe, family businesses are grappling with the effects of inflation, now at its highest level in 40 years. A recent NFIB report noted that over 30% of business owners feel inflation is Read More...

Category: Commentary

Author: Kimberly Eddleston

Why Does EOS/Traction Work So Well for Family Businesses?

Imagine this not so uncommon family business situation. In a f ourth-generation family business, the transition between the previous generations always went from the father to son in the business: Read More...

Category: Commentary

Author: Sara Stern

Diversify Your Family's Risks by Returning to Its Entrepreneurial Roots

Family enterprises are the backbone of the world’s economy and critically important to the economic growth and development of every nation. On average, they outperform publicly owned non-family Read More...

Category: Commentary

Author: David Deeds