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Sharing inspirations for Family Businesses around the worldby Business Families Foundation

Peter Vogel

Peter Vogel

Peter is both, a passionate entrepreneur, researcher and trainer. He has started several companies and helped established firms bring entrepreneurialism inside. He writes on entrepreneurship, innovation management, entrepreneurial ecosystems, NxG topics, youth and the youth labor market. Peter is also the author Generation Jobless?. Find Peter on Twitter (@pevogel) or on www.petervogel.org.

Trends in family philanthropy: A 3rd philanthropic revolution is fully underway


Written by Professor Peter Vogel We live in an era of unprecedented change and transformation. Technological, demographic, environmental and social uncertainty is causing leaders around the world to worry about the future of society, the economy and our planet as a whole. In an attempt to address the manifold challenges, a […]

Next Gen Family Business Leadership Interview: Antonia Komitova


Here is a next generation leadership interview with Antonia Komitova, who works for her family business, Creative Solutions. She provides an overview of her personal background and business, her deepest family business insights, her personal succession and joining process as well as advice for next generation business leaders.

Next Gen Family Business Leadership Interview: Ralitsa Uzunova


My name is Ralitza and my surname used to be Uzunova, now it is Petrova as I am happily married and took my husband’s surname (to the amusement of my father mainly). I am the second generation in the family business that originated in the first years after the communist […]

Next Gen Family Business Leadership Interview: Alessandra Nishimura


My name is Alessandra Nishimura. I am one of 19 members of our third generation. I majored in Business Administration with specializations in Human Development. I have worked in different fields; event organizer, publishing company and consulting. In my family business, I coordinated a program to develop future shareholders and […]

Family Business @ Work: Simón Torres (Grupo Contempo)


I’m Simon Torres and come from a second generation family business from Colombia. My father belonged to a third generation family business that went bankrupt back in the 70’s and with the liquidation of it, he started his own business. He designed and constructed commercial, residential and institutional real estate […]

Succession as Entrepreneurial Exit Strategy – A Call to Action for Educators


Entrepreneurship is en vogue. Policymakers, researchers and educators alike are showing increasing interest in this phenomenon as a result of the growing awareness of the importance of entrepreneurs to spur a country’s innovativeness and competitiveness, job creation and overall societal development.

Family Business @ Work: Farida and Ramia El Agamy (Tharawat)


Dr. El Agamy of Egyptian origin and his Dutch wife, Antoinette, have spent the last 40 years living in Switzerland and raising their three daughters, Farida, Ramia, and Shereen. Following a successful career in international multinationals and as independent advisor, Dr. El Agamy together with his wife and daughters founded the Tharawat Family Business Forum, a network dedicated to the sustainability of Arab family firms and Tharawat magazine a global publication for family business good practice in 2008. Farida and Ramia El Agamy established the headquarters of both the association and the magazine in the UAE and Switzerland and the sisters have been working together and for their family ever since.

Next Generational Emergence in Western Societies: Understanding Digital Natives


Generations have a lot of similarities but just as many differences as well. In fact, they have personalities, just like people.

Raising Kids to Be Entrepreneurs


“Bored in school, failing classes, at odds with peers: This child might be an entrepreneur, says Cameron Herold. In his talk, he makes the case for parenting and education that helps would-be entrepreneurs flourish — as kids and as adults.” (TED.com)

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Intrapreneurship Programs

Looking to better understand key family business topics? We combine key concepts, expert advice and family perspectives to address important themes for you to apply in your own practices.

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Start building a community of intrapreneurs wherever you are in the world. If you are ready to bring the Intrapreneurial Program to your community, we will help you make it happen.

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Looking to better understand key family business topics? We combine key concepts, expert advice and family perspectives to address important themes for you to apply in your own practices.

Compass for Entrepreneurial Families

Compass for Entrepreneurial Families is an educational program developed by Business Families Foundation to provide business families with a better understanding of fundamental, contemporary concepts.

Interactive Activities

Need help making important decisions? We’ve spoken to hundreds of families who have lived it. We’ll ask you the tough questions to guide you in finding the right solutions for your family and your business.

What Should We Talk About at Family Meetings?

Play this interactive game to keep the family glue strong and to address issues around family communication and governance.

Relatable Case Stories

Want to see how it’s done? We’ll provide you with relatable business family scenarios so you can learn how to better handle difficult situations, anticipate common reactions, and avoid unnecessary conflict.

Communication is a delicate dance

Messages can be misinterpreted, ideas can be misunderstood, and we often say more with our bodies than we do with our words. In a family business context, there is an added level of complexity in regard to balancing family and business communication.

Family Business Interviews

Searching for advice? We’ve collected hundreds of interviews. Listen to your peers speak about overcoming challenges and learn from their triumphs and failures to set your family and business on track for success.

Imparting family values to the next generations

Watch Carolyn Greenspon, a 5th generation member of The New York Times Company founding family, describe the influence her late great-grand-mother still has on the family to this day, and how business family leaders can act as role models to inspire generations to come.

Advice From Leading Experts

Seeking solutions? Hear from our specialists on best practices and strategies for dealing with common and complex family business issues. Take advantage of the knowledge and expertise they have to offer.

Participation of in-laws in family meetings and decision processes

Listen to Dr. Ivan Lansberg, who teaches family business at the Kellogg School of Management, present ways of inclusion and exclusion of spouses in the entrepreneurial family governance and decisions.


Passionate about family business? Browse our interesting and thought-provoking collection of family business tips, tricks and stats! In reading them, we promise you’ll learn a thing or two about family business.

Building a 100-Year Family Business - Successfully Transitioning Over a Century

Imagine if there was a potion to success… Identifiable qualities and steps that you could follow to build a 100-year family business. Well, we have just that. Follow the seven qualities here and you’ll be on your way to a sustainable multi-generation business.

Building a 100-Year Family Business - Successfully Transitioning Over a Century

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The Long-Term Survival of Family Business

The Clarkson Centre for Board Effectiveness (CCBE) at the Rotman School of Management has a mission to study corporate governance and provide practical insights for companies about what good governance means.