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'There's No Birthright' and Other Tips for Raising Entrepreneurial Leaders
Joe Brito, the third-generation head of C.B. Utility Co. in Bristol, Rhode Island, started his career in the family business as a laborer.  He firmly believes that anybody entering their family Read More...
Category: Commentary
How Family Business Leaders Can Encourage Both Devotion and Performance
Family businesses have unique strengths and unique problems because they blend two identities -- "family" and "business" -- whose priorities are often at odds. While the family identity nurtures Read More...
You Have Our Permission Not To Grow You Have Our Permission Not To Grow
According to Benjamin Franklin, life has only two certainties, death and taxes. It would appear, however, that the business world also has its own two certainties – the growth imperative and the Read More...
Category: Commentary
How Quickly Should Entrepreneurs Pursue Opportunities? Insights from the Mining Industry How Quickly Should Entrepreneurs Pursue Opportunities? Insights from the Mining Industry
History is filled with stories about people who lament that they passed too quickly on an opportunity that later hit it big, or that stayed too long with a losing enterprise. Entrepreneurs, who are Read More...
Author: Dean Shepherd
Small Acts of Entrepreneurship Transcend the Business Realm Small Acts of Entrepreneurship Transcend the Business Realm
The surge of enthusiasm for entrepreneurship bellows from the halls of government, the offices of corporations, the hashtags of social media, and the classrooms of academia. As a society, here in the Read More...
Category: Commentary
My Entrepreneurship Journey: Ireland to the Middle East and America My Entrepreneurship Journey: Ireland to the Middle East and America
I grew up in Ireland, and my family hails from Ballyhaunis in County Mayo. Dad was a small business owner, who used his trusty cab to provide service to our neighbors. Dad provided my first exposure Read More...
The McDonaldization of Everything: Teaching Weber to Undergraduates The McDonaldization of Everything: Teaching Weber to Undergraduates
Max Weber argued that the process of rationalization transformed social life forever. By loosening the hold of tradition, rationalization led to new practices that were chosen due to their Read More...
Why Family Firms Are Like Jenga
With ties that bind emotionally and legally, family businesses are different from non-family firms:  sensitive, easily disrupted and conflict-prone. But in this interview with EIX Editor Kim Read More...
Category: Interviews
The 'Fredo Factor:' How Deadbeats and Troublemakers Hurt Family Businesses
The Corleones of "Godfather" fame are an extreme example of a “family business.” But like many family businesses, they have a family member who is a serious hindrance to their business, is less Read More...
To Engage Business Students, Roll Out 'the Barrels'
Many of us may remember the “Choose Your Own Adventure” books from childhood. In these tales, the story develops to a point and presents a scenario choice to the reader. Depending on the Read More...

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