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August 7, 2014

Almost two decades since the concept of disruptive innovation was thrust into public consciousness, companies have both risen and fallen prey to the process. Kodak was a loser, Amazon was a winner, and the iPhone alone has disrupted a number of technologies – cameras, alarm clocks and radios, to name a few.

Almost two decades since the concept of disruptive innovation was thrust into public consciousness, companies have both risen and fallen prey to the process. Kodak was a loser, Amazon was a winner, and the iPhone alone has disrupted a number of technologies – cameras, alarm clocks and radios, to name a few.

But this June Harvard Business School professor Jill Lepore argued it was time to give the concept (whereby new innovations suddenly shake up the marketplace, replacing predecessor technologies) a rest.

April 15, 2014

The generational gap between baby boomers and millennials involved in family businesses is widening due to megatrends such as climate change and new technologies, according to a PwC survey that assesses next gens’ attitudes to the family business.

The generational gap between baby boomers and millennials involved in family businesses is widening due to megatrends such as climate change and new technologies, according to a PwC survey that assesses next gens’ attitudes to the family business.

January 24, 2011

Albert Heijn, the man responsible for turning his family’s Dutch grocery chain into the international retailing giant Royal Ahold, passed away on 13 January aged 83.

Albert Heijn, the man responsible for turning his family's Dutch grocery chain into the international retailing giant Royal Ahold, passed away on 13 January aged 83.

Heijn joined the family business in 1949 as a salesman, working his way up to become chief executive in 1962. The family business traces its roots back to 1887 when Heijn's grandfather started a grocery store in the Netherlands. Today, Ahold is among the biggest retail chains in the country with more than 800 outlets, and owns more than 3,000 supermarkets world-wide.

June 7, 2010

The crucial role that family business will play in rebuilding the UK economy through innovation and entrepreneurship is debated today in a special report that appears in The Times newspaper.

The crucial role that family business will play in rebuilding the UK economy through innovation and entrepreneurship is debated today in a special report that appears in The Times newspaper.

The 16-page report includes an article by CampdenFB.com editor Marc Smith on passing on the entrepreneurial gene.  Further contributions come from family enterprise professor John Ward, Grant Gordon of the Institute of Family Business and family business advisor Peter Leach.

March 1, 2007

Innovation and entrepreneurialism have been the hallmarks of successful family businesses for centuries. But, given today’s global marketplace, just how important are these factors to a successful company? Andrea Chipman investigates

Andrea Chipman is a freelance journalist based in the UK.

April 1, 2003

As academic provision for family businesses reaches critical mass, more innovations are being developed that provide an alternative or add-on choice for the sector

Melanie Stern is Section Editor of Families in Business magazine.

As academic provision for family businesses reaches critical mass, more innovations are being developed that provide an alternative or add-on choice for the sector

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