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October 14, 2013

A new family business centre has opened at Dublin City University in Ireland.

A new family business centre has opened at Dublin City University in Ireland.

Prime Minister Enda Kenny officially opened the centre last week, at an event attended by representatives from several well-known Irish family businesses, including sixth-generation oats company Flahavan's, fifth-generation construction company John Sisk and Son and 75-year-old Butler's Chocolates.

August 27, 2013

The University of Cincinnati has officially launched a tertiary-level family business certificate – only the second of its kind in the US.

The University of Cincinnati has officially launched a tertiary-level family business certificate – only the second of its kind in the US.

The programme, which is open to non-students, covers management, finance and legal aspects specific to family-owned firms, and also includes an entrepreneurship elective.

July 10, 2013

Sports car manufacturer Porsche, controlled by the eponymous founding family, has announced it will sponsor a new family business post at German business school HHL Leipzig.

Sports car manufacturer Porsche, controlled by the eponymous founding family, has announced it will sponsor a new family business post at German business school HHL Leipzig.

Dr Stephan Stubner will be the first person to hold the chair of strategic management and family business position – which Porsche has committed to sponsor for an initial period of five years.

The company said the aim of the post was to offer scientifically-founded solutions to the issues faced by entrepreneurs and family businesses.

July 9, 2013

Next gen education is all the rage these days, and rightly so. But some are breaking away from the classroom-based approach and are testing youngsters, not to mention giving their confidence a boost. 

Hurtling through the icy tundra north of Tromso in Arctic Norway, with a team of six dogs in front of you and an awful lot of nothing all around, is perhaps not the first place you might choose to do a spot of business education.

May 13, 2013

Every family has secrets. Trouble comes when families collude rather than talking honestly to each other about them.

Every family has secrets. Trouble comes when families collude rather than talking honestly to each other about them. When family members are in business together or are connected financially, those secrets often interfere not only with family relationships, but with the family business, foundation and even the family office as well.

January 3, 2013

Asian family businesses have become the target of top business schools, with International Management Institute, Indian School of Business and Insead all recently launching courses aimed at next-gens.

Asian family businesses have become the target of top business schools, with International Management Institute, Indian School of Business and Insead all recently launching courses aimed at next-gens.

The move is linked to a lack of targeted educational opportunities for family business leaders in Asia, said Ashutosh Khanna, the coordinator for IMI's new family business MBA.

November 28, 2012

One of Europe’s top business schools is launching a centre “set up by business families for business families”. 

One of Europe’s top business schools is launching a centre “set up by business families for business families”.

Dr Vanessa Strike, who will lead the new Erasmus Centre for Family Business, told CampdenFB the centre aims to “provide business families with a safe space to collaborate, network, research and learn, creating a common language where the needs of family business can be known, understood and addressed”.

February 14, 2012

Two universities in Northern Ireland and England have lent their support to family businesses, with both announcing programmes to help family-run firms. 

Two universities in Northern Ireland and England have lent their support to family businesses, with both announcing programmes to help family-run firms.

In Northern Ireland, a new initiative by Queen’s University Management School and business advisory firm BDO will carry out research into issues that create or prevent the success of family-controlled firms.

January 20, 2012

A new university course aimed at helping family businesses to deal with some of the most important legal issues they typically face, such as succession and disputes, has been launched.

A new university course aimed at helping family businesses to deal with some of the most important legal issues they typically face, such as succession and disputes, has been launched.

Strathclyde University in Glasgow is offering the elective class, which is specifically designed to meet the needs of lawyers working with family businesses.

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