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The New Matriarchs: Women Find Their Voice at Family Firms
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...
Family Emotions Can Drive Business Decisions
From “Dallas” and “The Godfather” to “House of Gucci” and “Succession,” popular culture has always relished watching how resentments, squabbles and back-stabbing can pulse through a 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...
The Hybrid Workplace is Here to Stay: 5 Ways to Make it Work
In late May, Tesla Chairman Elon Musk stunned the world by announcing that Tesla employees must return to the office full time or lose their jobs. Moreover, as the leaked Musk email pointed out, Read More...
Using Family History for Competitive Advantage
Family businesses often have dense histories interweaving both the family and the business and involving more than just the past. Our recent study (Ge, De Massis & Kotlar, 2022), shows that Read More...
Let the Next Generation of Family Firm Leaders Chart Their Own Path
While start-ups are typically known for their innovation, family businesses are seen as mired in traditions and stuck in the past. But recent research shows that the next generation of leadership can Read More...
Growing Pains? Advice to Recharge and Sustain Growth
Over time, family firms often experience growing pains. The growth of their business may outpace their infrastructure and processes, or their infrastructure and processes may be stifling their Read More...
Abundant Marketing Resources Can Hinder Family Firm Innovation
Most people would agree that businesses benefit from three core marketing resources: strong market knowledge, great relationships with customers and suppliers, and a sterling public image, brand, and Read More...
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...
To Grow, Serve Existing Customers Better or Find New Ones
EIX Executive Editor David Deeds is a professor in the Department of Entrepreneurship, the Schulze Endowed Chair in Entrepreneurship and research director of the Schulze School of Entrepreneurship at Read More...
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