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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

September 1, 2004

Can excessive executive compensation packages harm family-controlled corporations and those who work for them? It depends on how you define excessive pay, return on equity and the way the IRS sees things. James Olan Hutcheson explains

James Olan Hutcheson is founder and president of ReGENERATION Partners.

Can excessive executive compensation packages harm family-controlled corporations and those who work for them? It depends on how you define excessive pay, return on equity and the way the IRS sees things. James Olan Hutcheson explains

July 1, 2004

A spate of international financial scandals has forced governments to crack down on corporations, bringing corporate governance to the fore. But are the recommended steps to improve corporate behaviour fully applicable to family firms?

Hywel Lewis is a freelance financial journalist specialising in family business.

A spate of international financial scandals has forced governments to crack down on corporations, bringing corporate governance to the fore. But are the recommended steps to improve corporate behaviour fully applicable to family firms?

May 1, 2004

Family business tend to perform better than their non-family counterparts, which may be why more and more wildly successful firms like Google are getting in a family way

John L Ward is the Wild Group Professor of Family Business at IMD (Switzerland) and Co-Director of the Center for Family Enterprises at Kellogg School of Management (USA). He serves on the boards of four family companies in Europe and the USA.

Family business tend to perform better than their non-family counterparts, which may be why more and more wildly successful firms like Google are getting in a family way

November 1, 2003

Good and bad people can be found in both public and private companies the world over. But family businesses offer many advantages over other models of capitalism – and can even be argued to be morally superior

Guido Corbetta is Professor of Strategic Management at Bocconi University, Milan, Italy and a founding partner of the Family Business Consulting Group International.

Good and bad people can be found in both public and private companies the world over. But family businesses offer many advantages over other models of capitalism – and can even be argued to be morally superior

September 1, 2003

When the 1990s economic boom in the US ended, it forced families with their own businesses to focus on their core values, core competencies and to count their blessings – a good way to weather the tough economy

Craig E Aronoff holds the Dinos Eminent Scholar Distinguished Chair of Private Enterprise and is the founder of the Cox Family Enterprise Center at Kennesaw State University in Marietta, Georgia, USA. He is also co-founder and principal of the Family Business Consulting Group Inc. Drew S Mendoza is managing principal of The Family Business Consulting Group Inc.

When the 1990s economic boom in the US ended, it forced families with their own businesses to focus on their core values, core competencies and to count their blessings – a good way to weather the tough economy

September 1, 2003

Many family businesses may feel they are insulated from the current pressure on improvement of corporate governance but could benefit from the wisdom, experience and family detachment that a non-executive director has to offer

Peter Breen is a Senior Partner in Heidrick & Struggles' London office and is a member of the European Board Practice. His work in executive search has covered a wide range of executive and non-executive appointments, from small entrepreneurial start-ups through medium-sized businesses to large global corporations.

Many family businesses may feel they are insulated from the current pressure on improvement of corporate governance but could benefit from the wisdom, experience and family detachment that a non-executive director has to offer

June 1, 2003

Family businesses can learn from larger public corporations and adapt the new governance trend of independence to suit their own business needs

Luanna McGowan is the Canadian National Partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers' Centre for Entrepreneurs and Family Business. She is a lawyer and facilitator and has worked with entrepreneurs and family businesses from several industry sectors to develop succession and strategic plans.

Family businesses can learn from larger public corporations and adapt the new governance trend of independence to suit their own business needs

April 1, 2003

Family businesses may have a better time weathering the economic downturn on the business front – all the more reason to work hard to keep themselves and their businesses in balance

Bonnie M Brown is President of Transition Dynamics Inc in Eugene, Oregon, USA.

Family businesses may have a better time weathering the economic downturn on the business front – all the more reason to work hard to keep themselves and their businesses in balance

Recently I facilitated discussions among families in business on "finding well-being amidst chaos: keeping yourself, your family and your business in balance". We began with an informal assessment of stressors at the end of a typical family business day in the post-9/11, post-Enron United States. 

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