It’s all relative: the Four Keys to Family Business Longevity

by

More than 110 years ago, Fung Pak-liu, an English teacher, and Li To-ming, a local merchant whose family owned a porcelain shop, started an export trading company in Guangzhou, shipping porcelain, fireworks, jade… Continue reading

Lego Restructures with Eye to Expansion

by

The Danish family behind the Lego plastic-brick empire is shaking up the company’s ownership structure, elevating an executive widely credited for rescuing the toy maker from the brink of bankruptcy to manage all-things Lego… Continue reading

Cashkaro.com’s Swati Bhargava Visits ISB

by

It was an unusually warm and sunny day in August when the whole campus of ISB was buzzing with the excitement of Swati Bhargava visiting for a fireside chat with the students. The… Continue reading

Why Merit Beats Nepotism at More Family Businesses

by

In our agrarian past, every farmer wanted 10 sons because all that “free labor” meant he could have a much bigger farm. The patriarch not only controlled the family business, he also generally… Continue reading

How can family offices deal with the big data revolution?

by

How can an organisation with a relatively small investment team such as a family office deal with the deluge of data that can inform investment processes today? While some family offices show great… Continue reading

Journey continues for family business in Dixon

by

Nemer Kaleel arrived at Ellis Island from his native Lebanon in 1905, with nothing but his dreams. The 17-year-old Nemer left Beirut on a cattle boat and eventually settled in Spring Valley. He… Continue reading

The Long Haul: Felix Fiege on Five Generations of Logistics

by

Taking a business from one horse-drawn cart to an international logistics firm is no easy task, but that is exactly what Germany’s Fiege family has accomplished over five generations. Fieges’ road to success… Continue reading

How an MBA in India took a Spanish national to the top of the Clean Tech M&A Industry in Spain?

by

Aurelio Gutierrez Perez remembers being overwhelmed, not by the spicy food, the crowds, or the searing summer sun, but by the intense class participation. ‘In Spain, if you ask the class a question,… Continue reading

Cycle 2 | 7 weeks to go

by

With just 7 weeks more to go, the Cycle 2 deadline is soon approaching.Here are the tips for you submit a stronger application. 1. Start early: Understand your fit with the school and… Continue reading

Family-owned jewellers offer longevity lessons

by

W Carter & Son has been in the same premises since the business was established nearly 200 years ago. Brian Holmes inherited the company with his brother Tad when their father died in… Continue reading

106-year-old family business adjusts to markets, seizes opportunities to stay viable

by

Louis Gelder moved from Chicago to Millburg, Mich., near Benton Harbor, bought a hardware store, changed its name and started making high-end leather harnesses for wagons and buggies along with selling hardware and… Continue reading

Resolving Financial Bankruptcies: A Case of Government Overreach?

by

The Indian finance ministry recently put up a draft Financial Resolution and Deposit Insurance Bill for public comments. The Bill proposes to establish a comprehensive framework for resolution of financial firms (founded on… Continue reading

Conflicts of interest at White House

by

Donald Trump is President-elect of the United States of America. He brings with him potential conflicts of interest across all areas of government that are unprecedented in American history. It will be interesting… Continue reading

Germany’s Reimann family acquires Asian coffee company

by

JAB Holding is the investment vehicle of Germany’s Reimann family, one of Europe’s wealthiest business families. JAB Holdings is controlled by the second generation of Germany’s Reimann family: Renate Reimann-Haas, Wolfgang Reimann, Stefan… Continue reading

Chinese Family Businesses Cautious and Conservative about Future

by

As per biannual 2016 Family Business Survey conducted by Pricewaterhouse Coopers, the economic climate is hurting Chinese family businesses, with 75 per cent of Hong Kong businesses citing market conditions as their biggest… Continue reading

Australian Mineral Tycoon Invests in the UK

by

Hancock Prospecting is an Australian mineral exploration and extraction, privately owned, company that holds the rights to some of world’s largest iron ore deposit. Gina Rinehart is chairman of Hancock Prospecting, a company… Continue reading

Succession planning continues to bother family businesses

by

As per a new study in the UK, almost all family businesses confess they are operating without a strategy for succession, despite knowing full well the issue of generational transition is looming.  A… Continue reading

Family moves in during troubled times

by

The multinational network equipment maker, Ericsson was founded in 1876 by Lars Magnus Ericsson. The Wallenberg family saved the company from bankruptcy in 1960, and has since controlled the company. However history seems… Continue reading

Succession plan for fifth generation at New York Times

by

The New York Times founded and continuously published in New York City since September 18, 1851, has won as many as 117 Pulitzer Prizes, more than any other news organization. Since 1896, when… Continue reading

Pinarello in Talks to Sell Majority Stake

by

Cicli Pinarello SpA, the Italian bicycle maker, was founded in the early 1950s when Giovanni Pinarello, a professional cyclist, received 100,000 pounds to give up his spot at the 1952 Giro d’Italia road… Continue reading

Italian Family Business Selling Stake for Overseas Expansion

by

 Atlantia SpA is an Italian holding company, controlled by the Benetton family, whose primary asset is Autostrade per l’Italia, the Italian toll-road operator. The main business interests of Atlantia are in infrastructure. The… Continue reading

Collaboration among Family Run Car Makers continue

by

In continuation with last week’s report on tie-ups among car majors, now a new alliance seems to be forming among Toyota Motor Corp. and Suzuki Motor Corp. The two family run car manufacturers… Continue reading

Life at ISB

by

Her day started at 8 am in the morning, at the sound of her quadmate banging the door to wake her up. She rushed to the 8.15 am class armed with caffeine, and… Continue reading

Bill Ford taking Ford Motor in new directions

by

A family owned old economy manufacturing behemoth such as Ford is turning towards services as its new growth engine. It intends to generate a 20% return on its new mobility services, or more… Continue reading

Collaboration between two family car makers on the increase

by

Two family-owned carmakers BMW and Toyota coming from different parts of the world are cooperating on a number of new ventures. Toyota, owned by the Toyoda family, reported revenues of 28.4 trillion yen… Continue reading

Family member faces investor backlash

by

James Rupert Jacob Murdoch the chief executive officer of 21st Century Fox, and Chairman of Sky plc received investor backlash earlier this week. This is significant as many analysts view this third-gen Murdoch,… Continue reading

ISB for Women

by

The Indian School of Business encourages women to get back to the work-force and take up leadership roles. Apart from refreshing management basics and giving you the global business perspective through the PGP course, the… Continue reading

Family business linkages

by

Family business leaders very often serve on one another’s boards. They not only share their experience but are also able to forge links with other important families in the international business world. In… Continue reading

Samsung faces pressure from activist investors

by

Samsung, the South Korean chaebol, founded in 1938, and owned by the Lee family, is under pressure from the New York based hedge fund Elliott Management. Elliott owns 0.62% of Samsung Electronics. The… Continue reading

European Family Business Diversifying, Internationalising

by

France’s Peugeot family, which owns a 14 percent stake in automaker PSA Group, will further diversify its investments and expand outside of France to strengthen its holding company and offset the weight of… Continue reading

Asian Tycoon acquires American Cultural Icon

by

Rolling Stone is an American biweekly magazine that focuses on popular culture. It was founded in San Francisco in 1967 by Jann Wenner, who is still now the magazine’s publisher. His family controls… Continue reading

Germany changes inheritance tax to protect family business

by

German politicians have agreed to changes in the tax rules for people who inherit companies. Under the new compromise thrashed out by a parliamentary mediation committee, most German company heirs will still be… Continue reading

Mexican firm braves antitrust laws to eye acquisition of Brazilian rival

by

América Móvil is a Mexican telecommunications corporation that is the fourth largest mobile network operator in terms of equity subscribers and one of the largest corporations in the world. América Telecom, the holding… Continue reading

Founding family reasserts itself in troubled times

by

A.P. Moller–Maersk Group, also known as Maersk, is a Danish business conglomerate based in Copenhagen, Denmark, with subsidiaries and offices in more than 135 countries worldwide and around 89,000 employees. It has been… Continue reading

All about Recommendations

by

One of the most crucial part of your application to ISB is your recommendation letter. This year the PGP application process requires one independent evaluation. All PGP applicants have to choose one evaluator who can… Continue reading

ISB students interact with Heidi Roizen

by

Students of ISB got a rare opportunity to interact with Heidi Roizen, a Silicon Valley executive, venture capitalist and entrepreneur. This interaction garnered special interest from the students since they had very recently… Continue reading

I’ll Be Ash One Day

by

I’ll be ash one day, So will you, And maybe that day we’ll be together, Carried by the winds across the distance that seems larger than our love. I’ll be ash one day,… Continue reading

Shadow a CEO

by

Business school students across the country are getting an opportunity to shadow a CEO for a day. The ‘Shadow a CEO’ event, currently in its 7th year, is a philanthropic initiative organized by… Continue reading

Breaking the third generation jinx through growth and innovation

by

Sing Lun Holdings was started by Lee Chee Hung, a Chinese immigrant in Singapore in 1951 as an importer, exporter and wholesaler of textiles. His son, Patrick Lee, moved the company upstream towards… Continue reading

Canadian food conglomerate passes into fourth generation

by

George Weston Ltd is Canada’s largest food processing and distribution company. Founded by George Weston in 1882, the company today consists of Weston Foods, a wholly owned subsidiary, and Loblaw Companies Limited, the… Continue reading

5 Most Common Resume Flaws, and How to Avoid Them

by

Your resume would be the most important thing on your mind right now. And if you’re like me you’re not really sure how to tactically get to a stellar resume that makes you… Continue reading

Think Big, Take Risks

by

With every passing day, as dreams get bigger and the heart more courageous, the realisation sinks in that my year of transformation has just begun. Like every other MBA aspirant I also probably… Continue reading

Data, Machine Learning, and Digital Marketing

by

Have you ever wondered how you see advertisements of related things you recently searched for on the internet? How do marketers know what you are looking for? Before the days of digital marketing,… Continue reading

Na Jao Ma

by

Her eyes imploring, he finally figures it out, It must be her bed sores, and he adjusted their snouts. ‘So jao ma’, he said, kissing her night, She responds, blinking enthusiastically despite her… Continue reading

Of Fears and Dreams

by

The crack of light reveals he is afraid, trembling in fear, What happens to the dreams he held so very near? This is his only chance and he damn well knows it, What… Continue reading

J&J – Touching a billion lives everyday!

by

On the August 25, 2016, around 30 students of Indian School of Business visited Johnson & Johnson Medical for an induction session. It was organized by Ms. Richa Sharma, Sr. Specialist -Talent Acquisition,… Continue reading

Succession problems facing China

by

In a recent article, Florence Tsai and John A. Davis have outlined the succession problems facing family businesses in China. After the country’s brief 30 year experience with market economy, the founder generation… Continue reading

250 year old family firm continues to reinvent itself

by

Faber-Castell was founded in 1761 at Stein near Nuremberg by cabinet maker Kaspar Faber. Since then the firm has remained in the Faber family for eight generations. Today it is one of the… Continue reading

Succession at French conglomerate

by

Bouygues SA is a French conglomerate that specialises in construction, real estate development, media, and telecommunications. The company was founded in 1952 by Francis Bouygues and since 1989 has been led by his… Continue reading

Johnson & Johnson Session at ISB

by

There has been a long and fruitful association between ISB students and Johnson & Johnson. On Tuesday, the 9th of August 2016, we got to know exactly why. During an informative and a… Continue reading