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September 1, 2005

A survey of around 500 family businesses has confirmed some previous observations – including the core goals of continuity and financial success. The research has also revealed some resistance to change, including the role of outsiders, writes John Ward

John Ward is Wild Group professor of Family Business at IMD in Switzerland and professor of family enterprises at Kellogg School of Management. www.johnlward.com

A survey of around 500 family businesses has confirmed some previous observations – including the core goals of continuity and financial success. The research has also revealed some resistance to change, including the role of outsiders, writes John Ward

June 1, 2003

Despite the political and economic climate, family businesses should continue to look for a global solution to see them through these times. It may be worth remembering that being close to your customer does not necessary mean being physically close

Frederick Metz Shepperd is an attorney and managing director of the Quadral Group, a consulting firm focused on global strategy, planning and implementation. He has worked closely with many family-owned businesses and is also the owner of a family company with commercial, industrial and multi-family real estate holdings established in 1918.

April 1, 2003

Family businesses may have a better time weathering the economic downturn on the business front – all the more reason to work hard to keep themselves and their businesses in balance

Bonnie M Brown is President of Transition Dynamics Inc in Eugene, Oregon, USA.

Family businesses may have a better time weathering the economic downturn on the business front – all the more reason to work hard to keep themselves and their businesses in balance

Recently I facilitated discussions among families in business on "finding well-being amidst chaos: keeping yourself, your family and your business in balance". We began with an informal assessment of stressors at the end of a typical family business day in the post-9/11, post-Enron United States. 

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