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July 1, 2004

Johan H Andresen, CEO of Norwegian venture capital investor Ferd, talks about 2003’s board professionalisation process, and why an emphasis on good governance can see the company achieve its goals

Melanie Stern is Section Editor of Families in Business magazine.

Johan H Andresen, CEO of Norwegian venture capital investor Ferd, talks about 2003's board professionalisation process, and why an emphasis on good governance can see the company achieve its goals

"A community is like a ship," celebrated 19th century Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen once said. "Everyone ought to be prepared to take the helm."

July 1, 2004

Some business-owning families believe that family success in philanthropy is much easier than family success in business. Not so. A family foundation still has to pass through the generational stages of involvement and control – with all the associated issues

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.

Some business-owning families believe that family success in philanthropy is much easier than family success in business. Not so. A family foundation still has to pass through the generational stages of involvement and control – with all the associated issues

March 1, 2004

Many a family firm has crashed and burned amid recrimination, but many remain the world’s most respected enterprises. So just what is the role of leadership and family culture in the chemistry of success and failure?

Nigel Nicholson is Professor of Organisational Behaviour at London Business School. Åsa Björnberg is Research Assistant at London Business School on the LIFBRI (Leadership in Family Business Research Initiative).
(This work is supported under ESRC grant  – RES-051-27-0086. For a more detailed report of the survey findings or further information contact the London Business School. www.london.edu/family_business/)

March 1, 2004

Opening their doors to a group of young UK, Dutch and Swedish family business members in November Bettys & Taylors of Harrogate shared their formula for success. During the one-day visit, moderated by Professor Randel Carlock (INSEAD), they revealed how the owners had made some radical changes in order to ensure long-term success and sustainability for the family and their enterprise.

Grant Gordon is Director General for the Institute for Family Business (UK).

Opening their doors to a group of young UK, Dutch and Swedish family business members in November Bettys & Taylors of Harrogate shared their formula for success. During the one-day visit, moderated by Professor Randel Carlock (INSEAD), they revealed how the owners had made some radical changes in order to ensure long-term success and sustainability for the family and their enterprise.

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

November 1, 2002

Certain family values can become the driving force behind a family business’s success and in Spain it has been proved that they are essential to the survival of a business

Kristin Cappuyns is Research Associate of the Family Business Chair at IESE, International Business School, Barcelona, Spain. She is also an Executive Board Member of IFERA, the International Family Enterprise Research Academy.

Certain family values can become the driving force behind a family business's success and in Spain it has been proved that they are essential to the survival of a business

September 1, 2002

Family trusts, set up to take care of the welfare of family members, are often a source of confusion for beneficiaries. Education about the specific details of trusts is as important as legal structures and will ensure the long-term success of the family business

Patricia M Angus is a lawyer and consultant to high net worth families on governance and philanthropic planning. She is Counsel to Day, Berry & Howard in New York.

Family trusts, set up to take care of the welfare of family members, are often a source of confusion for beneficiaries. Education about the specific details of trusts is as important as legal structures and will ensure the long-term success of the family business

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