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Knowledge articles to inspire women in their diverse functions in the business and the family.

The Outstanding Value of Family Businesses

The Outstanding Value of Family Businesses

Insights from Hussein Shobokshi, Director of SHOBOKSHi Development and Trading The history of family businesses in the Arab world has been a turbulent one. Bearing incredible success stories as well as human tragedies, Arab family businesses have lived through all kinds of socio-economic changes. Challenges with new government policies, as […]

Financing Growth in Family Businesses

Financing Growth in Family Businesses

As we move past the financial crisis, the global economy has become thirsty for growth. While the BRIC countries escaped relatively unscathed and have been enjoying buoyant growth, the economic picture in Eastern Europe and the Middle East has become polarised: businesses are either flourishing or continuing to suffer. Western […]

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Succession Deconstructed

Managing succession is one of the greatest challenges businesses face. By realising that it is a topic where the subjective perception trumps objectivity, and by accepting that there is no one right answer, family businesses can approach the issue with more structure, before it becomes a matter of urgency. Splitting […]

HR Systems in the Family Business

HR Systems in the Family Business

The Nuqul Group is one of the largest family-owned company in Jordan and the Middle East and has just celebrated its 60th anniversary. A business family is often mentioned in relation to its external achievements such as the establishment of brands, acquisitions, mergers, projects, and community involvement. Undoubtedly, however, when […]

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Managing Family and Non-family Employees

A dialogue between Amy Schuman and Dr. Stephen McClure What happens when you put two family business experts into one room? We have tested it with family business consultants and authors Amy Schuman and Dr. Stephen McClure from The Family Business Consulting Group, USA. Providing us with deeper insights than […]

How A Focus on Sustainability is an Investment in Value Creation

How A Focus on Sustainability is an Investment in Value Creation

Sustainability could be considered to be the alignment of the business within the market and environment in which it operates to maintain strategic flexibility and increase business longevity. This article by Edward Nicholson, Managing Partner at Mercator Partnership Limited, and Consultant to Maitland Group, demonstrates how businesses can incorporate sustainability […]

Aligning Family and Business Culture – Creating Competitive Advantage

Aligning Family and Business Culture – Creating Competitive Advantage

Originally an anthropological term within the social sciences, “culture” is, in everyday language, a word typically associated with the characteristics and customs of nationalities, religions or regions. Since the 1980s, the term “culture” has been applied to businesses and many companies now put considerable time and resources into strengthening their […]

Anger in the Family Business

Anger in the Family Business

 “ANYBODY CAN BECOME ANGRY – THAT IS EASY, BUT TO BE ANGRY WITH THE RIGHT PERSON AND TO THE RIGHT DEGREE AND AT THE RIGHT TIME AND FOR THE RIGHT PURPOSE, AND IN THE RIGHT WAY – THAT IS NOT WITHIN EVERYBODY’S POWER AND IS NOT EASY.” Aristotle Anger takes […]

PSYCHOLOGY: Emotions in the Family Business

PSYCHOLOGY: Emotions in the Family Business

When a family owns and even runs a business together, it is usually concerned very much with the same things other business owners are too. How to grow, how to keep the competition at bay, how to finance the next step, these are the things that dominate the day-to-day. However, […]

5 Celebrities with Surprisingly Successful Businesses

5 Celebrities with Surprisingly Successful Businesses

In the past, celebrity business ventures usually consisted of endorsement deals. They would lend their name and support to a product and bring in the royalty dollars. However, recent years have seen a noticeable uptick in the number of stars taking matters into their own hands and founding companies across […]

Gender and the Family Business: The Age of Opportunity?

Gender and the Family Business: The Age of Opportunity?

By Maya Prabhu, Managing Director, Coutts Institute One of the most significant trends in family businesses the world over is the increased prominence of women into more public and visible roles in the company. Historically, women in family business have had to conform to take less visible roles largely due to […]