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September 1, 2011

Is a degree key to success or are family members better off jumping straight into the business? For some, like Sir Anthony Bamford, the billionaire chairman at JCB, joining the family business was the preferred option.  

Every August, British newspapers are full of pictures of smiling young people, jumping for joy with hands clutched around a piece of paper.

In the accompanying articles, the students, who’ve just received their A-level results - the final set of secondary education exams in the UK - outline their plans for the future. “It’s medicine at Durham University for me”, or “I’m doing law at Oxford”, they say, setting out on the same career path as their parents, or carving out their own niche.

October 13, 2010

As we wait on tenterhooks for the economy to recover from the current financial credit crisis, we hear reports that many universities are full and for a number of school leavers there will be no places, writes Sandy Loder.

As we wait on tenterhooks for the economy to recover from the current financial credit crisis, we hear reports this summer that many universities are full and for a number of school leavers there will be no places, writes Sandy Loder. 
 

August 25, 2010

Research on estate transitions is quite specific: 70% of families will lose their assets and their coherence as a family unit following the transition of their estate. Why is this? What are the causes? Unfortunately, the answers to these questions and solving the horrific failure rate are neither obvious nor easy.

Research on estate transitions is quite specific: 70% of families will lose their assets and their coherence as a family unit following the transition of their estate. Why is this? What are the causes? Unfortunately, the answers to these questions and solving the horrific failure rate are neither obvious nor easy.

While the causes of post-transition failure are puzzling to most families, they are no longer a mystery to researchers: the biggest cause of failure lies in unprepared heirs.

March 19, 2009

The ruling family of Abu Dhabi, the al Nahyan dynasty, is backing an ambitious project to set up a chain of schools around the world.

The ruling family of Abu Dhabi, the al Nahyan dynasty, is backing an ambitious project to set up a chain of schools around the world. The emirate's international investment company's real estate arm, Bloom Properties, has signed a deal with a leading British private school to establish a dozen more institutions.

September 2, 2008

An Australian university has launched the first ever online degree dedicated to family business.

An Australian university has launched the first ever online degree dedicated to family business. Deakin University, which is based in Melbourne, will offer a Graduate Certificate of Management (Family Business) from March 2009.
 

August 7, 2008

A UK business school is launching a programme dedicated to business education for advisors to family businesses.

A UK business school is launching a programme dedicated to business education for advisors to family businesses.

Bristol Business School, part of the University of the West of England, has created a joint venture with the International Centre for Families in Business (ICFIB) to develop an 18-month part time programme, the Postgraduate Certificate in Family Business Advice.

July 1, 2007

Corporate scandals such as Parmalat not only changed the way business is conducted, but also forced business ethics into the mainstream. Marc Smith assesses whether teaching ethics could help future generations avoid the mistakes of the past

Marc Smith is acting editor of Families in Business.

Corporate scandals such as Parmalat not only changed the way business is conducted, but also forced business ethics into the mainstream. Marc Smith assesses whether teaching ethics could help future generations avoid the mistakes of the past

July 1, 2007

Most family businesses would benefit from a financial education programme to teach the next generation about the world of investment portfolios, hedge funds and private equity. But, as Niall Firth discovers, they are not all that easy to find …

Niall Firth is a freelance journalist based in the UK.

Most family businesses would benefit from a financial education programme to teach the next generation about the world of investment portfolios, hedge funds and private equity. But, as Niall Firth discovers, they are not all that easy to find …

Banks and lawyers are famous for their ability to baffle with words. They can throw up a smokescreen of banking jargon or "legalese" behind which they can smuggle through hidden charges or sell additional products.

July 1, 2007

Family Business MBAs are becoming more and more common across Europe. But how do they compare with a regular MBA? And is it better for students to specialise or to learn about the entire business world? Gordon Cairns finds out …

Gordon Cairns is a freelance journalist based in the UK.

Family Business MBAs are becoming more and more common across Europe. But how do they compare with a regular MBA? And is it better for students to specialise or to learn about the entire business world? Gordon Cairns finds out …

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