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July 17, 2012

More and more family businesses are hiring outside chief executives. CampdenFB asks whether a family or non-family CEO is better.

Tempted to promote your son or daughter to the chief executive position? You shouldn’t, at least if you believe current research. Family-owned companies with a family member as chief executive are among the worst managed, says a 2012 international study. Another, by British academics at Leeds and Aberdeen Business Schools, found that a company’s operating performance increased after a family chief executive left. Yet another found the stock prices of listed family-controlled businesses reacted favourably to the appointment of a non-family chief.

May 5, 2010

During the life cycle of a family business, there may come a point when the current leader is ready to retire and there is no next generation member ready to take over, writes Jurgen Geerlings

During the life cycle of a family business, there may come a point when the current leader is ready to retire and there is no next generation member with the ability or the inclination to take over, writes Jurgen Geerlings. 

January 1, 2006

From chicken house ventilation to climate control systems, the O’Hea family have turned the Colt Group into a global concern. Strong research and development and a business-like approach to the family council are the foundations, finds Suzy Bibko

Suzy Bibko is editor of Families in Business.

From chicken house ventilation to climate control systems, the O'Hea family have turned the Colt Group into a global concern. Strong research and development and a business-like approach to the family council are the foundations, finds Suzy Bibko

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