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December 18, 2011

Family businesses are the backbone of Italy’s economy but governance seems to be their biggest challenge, with many family firms struggling when it comes to integrating non-family executives.

Family businesses are the backbone of Italy’s economy but governance seems to be their biggest challenge, with many family firms struggling when it comes to integrating non-family executives and expanding the business, according to a leading academic.

Guido Corbetta, professor of family business at Bocconi University, told CampdenFB that companies with concentrated ownership and leadership structures, typically with few family members involved, tend to work best.

May 26, 2011

Interest in successful governance at Indian family businesses has grown hugely in the past five years, according to Kavil Ramachandran of the Indian School of Business.

Interest in successful governance at Indian family businesses has grown hugely in the past five years, according to Kavil Ramachandran of the Indian School of Business.

The Thomas Schmidheiny Chair Professor of Family Business and Wealth Management told CampdenFB that a much broader focus on family business management in India is essential.

“Management is no longer seen as wholesome but as comprising three levels – governance, strategy and operations,” he said.

May 19, 2011

As parts of Asia emerge as economic superpowers, the patriarchs driving the region’s growth have faced a succession of scandals, prompting questions over autocratic styles of governance, which appear increasingly at odds with the demands of the new generation.

As parts of Asia emerge as economic superpowers, the patriarchs driving the region’s growth have faced a succession of scandals, prompting questions over autocratic styles of governance, which appear increasingly at odds with the demands of the new generation.

September 1, 2010

Family-controlled businesses in the US are gearing up for new regulations that will see minority shareholders exerting more influence over board appointments, writes David Bain.

Family-controlled businesses in the US are gearing up for new regulations that will see minority shareholders exerting more influence over board appointments, writes David Bain.
 
The ruling could not only undermine existing family-owned business structures, but also deter such businesses raising funds in capital markets.
 

August 24, 2010

Hyatt Hotels Corporation, controlled by the Pritzker family, has hit the headlines again for its corporate governance practices after it was revealed that Penny Pritzker was no longer considered an independent director of the group.

Hyatt Hotels Corporation, controlled by the Pritzker family, has hit the headlines again for its corporate governance practices after it was revealed that Penny Pritzker was no longer considered an independent director of the group.
 
A report in the Wall Street Journal revealed the move and it comes after the Chicago-based hotel group has come under pressure to tighten its corporate governance.
 

June 2, 2010

Slated to become the fourth largest economy by 2050 with projected growth of 5% or more over the next 40 years, India has much to teach the rest of the world, particularly its family firms, writes Jennifer East.

Slated to become the fourth largest economy by 2050 with projected growth of 5% or more over the next 40 years, India has much to teach the rest of the world, writes Jennifer East. Family firms in particular can learn from the way many leading Indian families blend tradition and innovation to groom the next generation.
 

May 26, 2010

After much speculation and build up surrounding the 2010 general election, the UK has formed its first coalition government since the Second World War, write Peter Leach and Alexandra Sharpe

After much speculation and build up surrounding the 2010 general election, the UK has formed its first coalition government since the Second World War, write Peter Leach and Alexandra Sharpe.

May 14, 2010

The Ford family, who control the US-based automaker of the same name, retained their multiple voting shares through which they control the business at the company’s annual shareholder meeting yesterday

The Ford family, who control the US-based automaker of the same name, retained their multiple voting shares through which they control the business at the company's annual shareholder meeting yesterday.
 
The proposal to reconsider the two-tier share system was put forward by activist investor Ray Chevedden and was rejected by a 70.8% majority. This is the sixth year in which the resolution has been voted on and this year saw it gain the most support so far with 29.2%.
 

May 5, 2010

Katie Barker interviews three families to find out what happens in practice at a family retreat

Katie Barker interviews three families to find out what happens in practice at a family retreat. 

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