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Governance

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.

January 1, 2004

The road to succession can be fraught with obstacles but few are insurmountable. Success is a journey not a destination

Steve Don is CEO and President of Edward Don and Company, the world's leading food service distributor of equipment and supplies. The Don family has been a long-time member of the Loyola University Chicago Family Business Center, the US chapter of the FBN.

The road to succession can be fraught with obstacles but few are insurmountable. Success is a journey not a destination

January 1, 2004

A family council is common in a large, sophisticated family-run firm. But they can be tricky to implement and, like families, each is unique and evolves in its own way

John L Ward is the Co-Director of the Center for Family Enterprises at Kellogg School of Management (USA) and the Wild Group Professor of Family Business at IMD (Switzerland). He serves on the boards of four family companies in Europe and the USA.

A family council is common in a large, sophisticated family-run firm. But they can be tricky to implement and, like families, each is unique and evolves in its own way

January 1, 2004

Recent events around corporate scandal present new challenges for family controlled public companies and their shareholders. Among the challenges is the diversification of the composition of boards, but just how far should reforms go?

Daisy Medici is Managing Director of Genus Resources, a US-based firm that provides consultation to family controlled enterprises across the US and internationally.

Recent events around corporate scandal present new challenges for family controlled public companies and their shareholders. Among the challenges is the diversification of the composition of boards, but just how far should reforms go?

January 1, 2004

Acting quickly to repair short-circuits in a family’s communication process can save a great deal of hardship down the line

Dennis T Jaffe is Professor at Saybrook Graduate School in San Francisco, author of Working With The Ones You Love and a founding member of the Aspen Family Business Group.

Acting quickly to repair short-circuits in a family's communication process can save a great deal of hardship down the line

January 1, 2004

Wealthy, well-known business families are targets for kidnappers, but can make provisions to be ready for such a crisis with kidnap and ransom insurance

Melanie Stern is Section Editor for Families in Business magazine.

Wealthy, well-known business families are targets for kidnappers, but can make provisions to be ready for such a crisis with kidnap and ransom insurance

January 1, 2004

The practice of mixing spirituality and morality persists today in definitions of spirituality in business. Gail Regan examines the ambivalent nature of corporate social responsibility

Gail Regan is president of Cara Holdings and the author of The Evil Governor, an audiobook and case study on corporate governance in family business. (It is available from Davey Productions, 95 Rumsey Road, Toronto, Canada M4G 1P1.)

The practice of mixing spirituality and morality persists today in definitions of spirituality in business. Gail Regan examines the ambivalent nature of corporate social responsibility

January 1, 2004

I’ve always liked travelling, especially with my dad, Robert, who has been a member of the Family Business Network for several years and for whom this was his fourth world conference.

Rob Patterson is the son of Bob Patterson, one of the founding principals of the Virginia-based ASC Advisory Group.

January 1, 2004

The past year has seen exciting developments and activities take place for family businesses at IMD.

The past year has seen exciting developments and activities take place for family businesses at IMD. The key focus remains (since the launch of Leading the Family Business, the first international educational programme for families in business) how to help family businesses become better at what they are doing. A number of research projects address this issue from different angles.

- What is the specific culture of a family business and how can this lead to a competitive advantage?

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