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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

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...

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

Research-Based Advice for Businesses: Our 10 Best-Read Articles

The mission of EIX is to provide the soundest advice to help entrepreneurs, investors, and their companies improve their success rates. One important source of advice is based on research: rigorous Read More...

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Authors: Jon Eckhardt and Catherine Buday

Better Let Your Brother Do It: Men Are Still Preferred in CEO Successions

Many business owners do not like to think about succession – it means confronting their own mortality – but at some point, every family business must deal with succession planning (Ahrens, 2020). Read More...

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Authors: Jan-Philipp Ahrens , Melania Riefolo , Annegret Hauer and Katharina Siegert

Micro Venture Capital: A Growing Source of Startup Funding

The venture capital industry has witnessed a surge in investments by micro venture capital (or “micro VC”) firms, which have emerged as a crucial player in the startup ecosystem. These are Read More...

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Authors: Mario Daniele Amore , Annamaria Conti and Valerio Pelucco

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...

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