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July 1, 2004

Our 2004 Conference brought together a broad group of speakers including some leading family business owners – from across the UK, Ireland, Switzerland and the Netherlands – to discuss their perspectives on the issue of managing transitions. Here’s my pick of some of the most interesting discussion points that came up.

Grant Gordon is director general of the Institute for Family Business (UK). www.ifb.org.uk

Our 2004 Conference brought together a broad group of speakers including some leading family business owners – from across the UK, Ireland, Switzerland and the Netherlands – to discuss their perspectives on the issue of managing transitions. Here's my pick of some of the most interesting discussion points that came up.

A model for transitions

November 1, 2003

It’s been two years since FIB first reported on the formation of a new family business organisation, the Institute for Family Business, the UK chapter of the Family Business Network. Suzy Bibko interviewed Grant Gordon to find out how the association had progressed.

It's been two years since FIB first reported on the formation of a new family business organisation, the Institute for Family Business, the UK chapter of the Family Business Network. Suzy Bibko interviewed Grant Gordon to find out how the association had progressed.

How have you seen IFB grow over the past two year? Has it evolved in any unexpected way (perhaps due to member input)?

November 1, 2003

GEEF, as the European representation of owner-managed and family enterprises, welcomes the Commission’s initiative to publish a Green Paper on Entrepreneurship in Europe.

GEEF, as the European representation of owner-managed and family enterprises, welcomes the Commission's initiative to publish a Green Paper on Entrepreneurship in Europe. The companies represented by GEEF are run by one or more entrepreneurial personalities who, with their families, own a significant part of the capital.

General comment

June 1, 2003

Introducing your children to the family business at an early age can be the start of an educational ‘plan’ to develop business skills that could see them take over the family business – or become a successful business owner themselves

Cindy Iannerelli is recognised around the world for her innovative research and work teaching children business skills. She is Director of the Center for Family Business at Indiana University of PA and a visiting professor at The University of Trento, Italy.

Introducing your children to the family business at an early age can be the start of an educational 'plan' to develop business skills that could see them take over the family business – or become a successful business owner themselves

June 1, 2003

More than half the largest companies in Germany are family-owned. Economic incentives are essential to prevent these businesses from seeking a more favourable economic climate elsewhere

Sabine Klein  is researching and teaching in the family business field at Trier University, Germany, and the INSEAD business school, Fontainebleu, France. She is an Associate with the FBCG, The Family Business Consulting Group, Marietta, Georgia, USA, and a founding board member of IFERA – International Family Enterprise Research Academy, Barcelona, Spain.

More than half the largest companies in Germany are family-owned. Economic incentives are essential to prevent these businesses from seeking a more favourable economic climate elsewhere

April 1, 2003

In the second of a two-part series on preparing the next generation for a career in the family business, Miguel A Gallo explains why experience and career training are so critical for a future in the family business

Miguel A Gallo is a professor at IESE Business School in Spain.

In the second of a two-part series on preparing the next generation for a career in the family business, Miguel A Gallo explains why experience and career training are so critical for a future in the family business

April 1, 2003

Evaluating one’s personal approach to family business by comparing it with others is the idea behind the Family Business Network’s exchange programme

Melanie Stern is Section Editor of Families in Business magazine.

Evaluating one's personal approach to family business by comparing it with others is the idea behind the Family Business Network's exchange programme

April 1, 2003

Family business successors face increasing pressures and new challenges as they step up to the fore in an unforgiving global business landscape. How can tomorrow’s leadership prepare for the role?

Melanie Stern is Section Editor of Families in Business magazine.

Family business successors face increasing pressures and new challenges as they step up to the fore in an unforgiving global business landscape. How can tomorrow's leadership prepare for the role?

April 1, 2003

As academic provision for family businesses reaches critical mass, more innovations are being developed that provide an alternative or add-on choice for the sector

Melanie Stern is Section Editor of Families in Business magazine.

As academic provision for family businesses reaches critical mass, more innovations are being developed that provide an alternative or add-on choice for the sector

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