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American family businesses

November 11, 2016

US family business leaders are searching for silver linings from the presidential election of Donald Trump, just as their British counterparts are doing with Brexit.

US family business leaders are searching for silver linings from the presidential election of Donald Trump, just as their British counterparts are doing with Brexit.

October 26, 2016

Why appoint family members as directors when the pool of excellent, qualified, independent executives numbers in the thousands?

Why appoint family members as directors when the pool of excellent, qualified, independent executives numbers in the thousands?

The Fourth of July is a US national carnival unlike any other – celebrating the anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence in 1776.

May 12, 2016

There are very few family business stories as exciting, interesting, or unpredictable as Hess Oil and its founding father.

May 9, 2016

From Koch Industries to Advance Publications, Campden Research has compiled the first-ever list of the Top 10 wholly-owned US family businesses – a group we’ve dubbed ‘The 100% Club’

May 9, 2016

Statistics increasingly tout the number of women being considered for leadership roles in US family businesses. But should family businesses be patting themselves on the back for gender equality just yet? 

As a child, Lisa Ingram enjoyed visiting her father at work. She and her two siblings would often spend time in the headquarters of White Castle, a fourth-generation chain of fast food restaurants based in Columbus, Ohio. While their father, Bill Ingram, then the company’s chief executive, was busy working in his office, the siblings would have a snack in the cafeteria or help the company’s receptionist operate the switchboard.

April 8, 2016

Family businesses claim superiority due to their long-term orientation. Nowhere is this more evident than their treatment of people

On a cold, rainy February night, I connected through New York’s La Guardia Airport. The plane stopped short of the gate, and the passengers walked down steps to the tarmac to collect our gate-checked bags and walk about 200 metres in the rain to the terminal.  This is the airport for America’s greatest city, I thought, yet it is clearly suffering from neglect.

June 26, 2013

Family business should not be confused with small business in the US

Size matters in the US, which is home to some of the world’s biggest family businesses. The country’s five largest family-controlled firms – Walmart, Ford, Cargill, Koch Industries and Comcast – had combined revenues of $911.9 billion (€694.8 billion) in 2012, more than Indonesia’s GDP.

May 21, 2013

Outdoor retailer L.L. Bean has announced Shawn Gorman – great-grandson of the family business’s founder – as its new chairman, in the culmination of a leadership transition initiated by Gorman’s uncle Leon two years ago.

Outdoor retailer L.L. Bean has announced Shawn Gorman – great-grandson of the family business’s founder – as its new chairman, in the culmination of a leadership transition initiated by Gorman’s uncle Leon two years ago.

January 19, 2012

Money is key for American family business owners, while their Finnish counterparts value time and tend to stick to what they know best.  

Money is key for American family business owners, while their Finnish counterparts value time and tend to stick to what they know best.

That’s according to a new doctoral thesis, Construction of the Entrepreneurial Identity in the Family Business Context, which found big difference in how Finnish family business owners and their US counterparts see themselves and their entrepreneurial identities.

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