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October 22, 2013

Switzerland's IMD business school has appointed a new chair for family business, sponsored German family firm Wild Group.

Switzerland's IMD business school has appointed a new chair for family business, sponsored German family firm Wild Group.

Denise Kenyon-Rouvinez, an academic with 20 years experience in consulting and education with family businesses internationally, has taken the role. She was also the founder and president of the Suisse Romande Family Business Network chapter – set up for French speaking Swiss businesses.

July 26, 2012

The digital natives of Generation Y are starting to work in their families’ businesses. And with their work ethic and understanding of social media, they’re already starting to shake things up.

They were the children born into the final decades of the 20th century. Sometimes branded Generation “me” or Generation “I”, but mostly known as Generation “Y”, they’re supposedly tech-savvy and globally focused, but also arrogant, with short attention spans, and expect to be able to have it “all” when it comes to family and work-life balance.

March 13, 2012

Germany’s Volkswagen needs to ensure there is enough external influence to steer the family business through tough times, following a move by the Piech family to rein in control of the carmaker.

Germany’s Volkswagen needs to ensure there is enough external influence to steer the family business through tough times, following a move by the Piech family to rein in control of the carmaker.

That’s according to Albrecht Enders, professor of strategy and innovation at Swiss-based business school IMD, who was commenting after Volkswagen proposed Ursula Piech, wife of chairman Ferdinand Piech, join the automaker's board.

February 22, 2012

Family businesses in China might not be as old as their western counterparts – Chinese family firms are just nine years old on average – but there is plenty of opportunity for next-gens to learn from founding family members.

Family businesses in China might not be as old as their western counterparts – Chinese family firms are just nine years old on average – but there is plenty of opportunity for next-gens to learn from founding family members.

Tony Gao Hao, director of executive education at Tsinghua Alumni Association, part of the Tsinghua University, reckons that despite numerous challenges in the Asian country, family businesses in China are powering ahead.

August 8, 2011

Appointments of family members to boards are often more successful if they happen following a transparent nomination process and are based on a person’s ability, according to one leading family business commentator.

Appointments of family members to boards are often more successful if they happen following a transparent nomination process and are based on a person’s ability, according to one leading family business commentator.

Professor Joachim Schwass from Swiss-based business school IMD said a family member’s success on a company board is dependent on their internal and external credibility, adding that all family board appointments should be assessed based on these factors.

March 16, 2011

Most of the big business schools now offer courses around the family business model. But are MBAs useful to businesses where the founding family member is unlikely to have one? Jeremy Hazlehurst investigates

May 21, 2008

Families in Business, in partnership with IMD, is proud to present an exclusive webcast with Warren Buffett and Israeli family businessman Eitan Wertheimer, chairman of Iscar.

Families in Business, in partnership with IMD, is proud to present an exclusive webcast with Warren Buffett and Israeli family businessman Eitan Wertheimer (pictured with Buffett), chairman of Iscar.

The world's richest man, investment guru Buffett has this week made a tour of Europe to raise the profile of his Berkshire Hathaway investment house and to search out potential acquisitions of family-owned companies.

May 1, 2008

When Warren Buffett’s European tour took him to Switzerland, Marc Smith was there to find out if the legendary investor was planning a family business acquisition

When Warren Buffett's European tour took him to Switzerland, Marc Smith was there to find out if the legendary investor was planning a family business acquisition

After several weeks of speculation, Warren Buffett has come face to face with Europe's family business owners to explain why he is so interested in acquiring one of their
companies.

April 25, 2008

Warren Buffett, the American investor and philanthropist, is coming to Europe next month to meet and greet family business owners.

Warren Buffett, the American investor and philanthropist, is coming to Europe next month to meet and greet family business owners. It has been reported that he is seeking a potential acquisition in the family business sphere for his Berkshire Hathaway (BH) investment house.

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