IMD Global Family Business Center

June 2017

By Denise H. Kenyon-Rouvinez

The world over, the vast majority of very long-lasting firms are family owned and family run. What made them highly successful when so many businesses around them failed? These families have much to...

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October 2016

By Joachim Schwass with Anne-Catrin Glemser.

Wise Family Business aims to help families in business to identify new and better ways of achieving longevity, sustainability and performance. The book presents ground-breaking new insights and...

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October 2016

By Joachim Schwass, Anne-Catrin Glemser

Surprisingly, most family businesses do not see the value in communicating about their history, their values and their long-term vision as owners of a company. Of course, it is easier not to put the...

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October 2015

By Denise H. Kenyon-Rouvinez

Family businesses tend to take a long-term view and can be quite risk-averse. Many favour debt-free growth strategies offering economic stability. However, for some, risk aversion manifests itself in ...

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June 2015

By Denise H. Kenyon-Rouvinez with Anne-Catrin Glemser.

All over the world, families are looking for recipes to well prepare their next generations as potential successors for operational or board roles with businesses and family organizations. Educating t...

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April 2015

By Denise H. Kenyon-Rouvinez

Wealth is volatile; it can be lost as quickly as it is created. It needs to be nurtured with care and strong values. One of the first decisions families need to make about wealth is whether they will...

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January 2014

By Denise H. Kenyon-Rouvinez with Alexander Koeberle-Schmid, Ernesto Poza.

Governance in Family Enterprises provides a highly comprehensive and global look at family business governance, incorporating financial, emotional, cultural, and family aspects, to achieve overall...

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May 2013

By Benoit F. Leleux, Jan Van der Kaaij

Founded in 1680, Netherlands-based Bavaria is one of Europe's oldest family-owned beer producers. It has a reputation for operating efficiency and brewing knowhow but by 2007, as its main western...

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January 2011

By Denise H. Kenyon-Rouvinez with Gordon Adler.

This book teaches lessons regarding family business. One of the clearest lessons learned is that while every family business is unique, they also have much in common in terms of challenges and rewards...

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January 2011

By Joachim Schwass with Colleen Lief, Håkan Hillerström, Holger Kück.

This book captures the insights of leading academics and practitioners based on decades of research around the globe on factors of success and failures of private wealth, over time. It presents a deep...

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