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January 1, 2002

Dr Alberto Falck talks to Families in Business about his involvement with the Italian family business organisation, AIdAF

Family businesses are at the heart of the Italian economy, and one of the sector's leading lights, Dr Alberto Falck, will have a prominent role at this year's Family Business Network conference in Rome.

January 1, 2002

The Merloni family business, with its roots in traditional family values, is at the leading edge of technology – providing the next generation of high-tech appliances to European consumers

Millions of European consumers know the top brands of Ariston and Indesit, but fewer realise that behind those household names is a family business whose history epitomises the sector and its most traditional values.

Vittorio Merloni, head of Merloni Elettrodomestici, harks back to the simple philosophy of his father Aristide, who founded the original company back in the 1930s. "My father loved to say that in every business venture, success has no value if it lacks involvement in social progress, "he recalls.

January 1, 2002

Barbara Murray, Editor of Families in Business interviews Alexander Scott and Grant Gordon, respectively Founding Chairman and Director General of the Institute for Family Business (UK). The new organisation will also operate as the UK chapter of the Family Business Network

Barbara Murray (BM): Why have you established the Institute for Family Business (UK)?

January 1, 2002

Krister Ahlstromis a busy man. As head of one of Europe’s biggest independent companies, Finland’s Ahlstrom Corporation, he oversaw enormous change as the business diversified and globalised from its origins in the paper industry.

Krister Ahlstromis a busy man. As head of one of Europe's biggest independent companies, Finland's Ahlstrom Corporation, he oversaw enormous change as the business diversified and globalised from its origins in the paper industry.

Ahlstrom himself built a reputation as a sound corporate thinker, a man who has won widespread acclaim for his ideas on corporate governance, and on the management of change within family enterprises. As a result, he is in demand at numerous conferences and seminars.

January 1, 2002

Jose Ferrer is President of Freixenet SA, the world’s largest sparkling wine producer, with wineries in Spain, France, California and Mexico. As he prepares the next generation for the challenges of working in the family business, he tells us what he encounters during a ‘typical’ working week

José Ferrer is President of Freixenet SA, the world's largest sparkling wine producer, with wineries in Spain, France, California and Mexico. As he prepares the next generation for the challenges of working in the family business, he tells us what he encounters during a 'typical' working week

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January 1, 2002

Families in Business talks to Peter Leach, Chairman of the Stoy Centre, and co-Chairman of the first FFI conference to be held in Europe

"Running a successfulfamily business is like putting together a jigsaw puzzle – unless all the pieces fit together exactly, it's a mess, "says Peter Leach, Chairman of The Stoy Centre for Family Business.

"Recently, so many pieces of the jigsaw have changed that we're now looking at a different picture. From now on, the speed of change is likely to be so fast that the family business sector will be less like a jigsaw, and more like a moving image.

January 1, 2002

Family businesses in Australia account for 40% of Australia’s private sector output, but they are heading for a period of unprecedented change

A vast number offamily companies in Australia will have new owners or managers within a decade, This article is based on a recent study, The Australia Family and Private Business Survey 1997, conducted by myself and Claudio Romano, a fellow Director at the AXA Family Business Research Unit. Our research, which included a sample size of 1500 family firms, found that the family business sector has concerns for the future, is not planning effectively and is heading for a period of unprecedented change – namely changes in the ownership and control of family held corporations.

September 1, 2001

Families in Business talks to Peter Leach, Chairman of the Stoy Centre, and co-Chairman of the first FFI conference to be held in Europe

"Running a successful family business is like putting together a jigsaw puzzle – unless all the pieces fit together exactly, it's a mess," says Peter Leach, Chairman of The Stoy Centre for Family Business.

"Recently, so many pieces of the jigsaw have changed that we're now looking at a different picture. From now on, the speed of change is likely to be so fast that the family  business sector will be less like a jigsaw, and more like a moving image.

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