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New Generation of Asian Entrepreneurs are in Business for the Long Haul
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By | December 9th, 2015|Family Business|

According to a new research titled ‘Essence of Enterprise report’ conducted by HSBC and Scorpio Research, entrepreneurs in Asia are more likely to take a long-term approach to their enterprise compared to their western counterparts. The report surveyed 2800 entrepreneurs with a net worth of [...]

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Chinese Heirs Reluctant to join Family Business
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By | December 9th, 2015|Family Business|

An important aspect of succession planning in any family business is the manner in which the next generation is gradually introduced into the business. However alarmingly, a recent study by Peking University has shown that eighty percent of potential Chinese heirs are reluctant to follow [...]

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Oldest Surviving Family Business in UK
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By | December 9th, 2015|Family Business|

Professor William O’Hara, in his book ‘Centuries of Success’, asked: “Is there any institution more enduring or universal than a family business?” He himself answered this rhetorical question by stating: “Before the multinational corporation, there was family business. Before the Industrial Revolution, there was family [...]

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The Top 250 Multinational Family Firms
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By | December 4th, 2015|Family Business|

The Family Business Chair of the University of Seville (Spain), sponsored by Banco Santander, has recently come out with a ranking of the top 250 Multinational Family Firms. Firms that were included in the study had the following characteristics: A) One or more families exercise [...]

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The Utility of Family Business Advisory Boards
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By | November 27th, 2015|Family Business|

Family businesses use advisory boards as a means for the family to go beyond its inner circle and tap into more diverse experience and expertise. While many family businesses have advisory boards, most of them are not very helpful. It appears that this is a [...]

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The World’s Biggest Family-Run Companies
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By | November 27th, 2015|Family Business|

Recently, the Center for Family Business at the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland, compiled a list of the 500 largest family-run businesses. The list provides impressive evidence of the economic power and relevance of family firms across the world. The index is compiled by the [...]

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Succession Plan Vital for all Businesses Irrespective of Size
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By | November 20th, 2015|Family Business|

In a recent article published in the Silicon Valley Business Journal, Jody Meacham, argues that most family business owners don’t have a succession plan in place. The reasons he says are varied and quite personal: “Many owners feel they’re never going to stop working, they’re [...]

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The Succession Challenge in Middle East business families
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By | November 20th, 2015|Family Business|

Family businesses account for about eighty percent of non-oil GDP within the Middle East region, according to Deloitte Consultancy. Ninety-five per cent of all companies in the region are family owned. Family businesses are not just the backbone of these economies; they also represent an [...]

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Hiring Talent is main Challenge for Asian Family Businesses
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By | November 17th, 2015|Family Business|

As per the results of a recent survey conducted by United Overseas Bank (UOB) in collaboration with Singapore Management University's Business Families Institute (BFI@SMU), most Asian family businesses see talent recruitment and development as the main challenge to securing long-term success. A total of 192 [...]

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Importance of Corporate Governance in Family Business
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By | November 13th, 2015|Family Business|

At the recently concluded Family Business Conclave organized by the ISB in Mumbai, several fund managers remarked that family businesses make for easy, stable and resilient investments. However, they also cautioned that funds are wary of investing in companies run by second-generation family owners. Funds [...]

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Time to Document Indian Value System behind Family Businesses
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By | November 5th, 2015|Family Business|

At a recent book launch President Pranab Mukherjee remarked that family and business have been interconnected for a long time. Echoing a similar thought, in a recent article on how Indian business families were adopting the Hindu Undivided Family (HUF) structure, Professor Kavil Ramachandran commented [...]

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Indian Family Businesses Investing in Technological Start-Ups
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By | October 28th, 2015|Family Business|

Over the last year, Reliance Industries has backed more than 40 startups such as Covascis, Ecorithim and Videonetics through GenNext Ventures, the venture capital arm of Reliance Industries, which has a war chest of Rs 200 crore. They have an ongoing four month acceleration program [...]

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